Mission Viejo struck quickly on its first possession with an 8-play, 80-yard scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead with 9:02 left in the first quarter.
Jake Marshall had runs of 14 and 13 yards to start the game. Kevin Chandler had catches of 22 and 15 yards from Allan Bridgford to move the Diablos into San Clemente territory.
Marshall capped the drive with an 8-yard TD run off tackle.
Key play: Marshall’s TD run was facilitated by a crushing block from 6-2, 300-pound right tackle Richard Sandoval.
Note: It looks like MV will be able to move the ball at will, so SC is going to have to find a way to keep up with them.
SC’s David Espino took the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the MV 47-yard line.
The Ttritons had trouble moving the ball, but Aaron Jones came to the rescue with a 50-yard field goal to cut the Diablos lead to 7-3 with 6:19 left in the first quarter.
Key play: Espino had some big returns last week against Tesoro and he came through with a big one to start things for the Tritons.
Note: It was good that SC got some points, but they need TDs against MV’s high-octane offense.
SC’s Jack Anderson broke up a pass intended for Alex Mascarenas on third-and-5 to end MV’s second possession. That was a big play because Mascarenas is always good for some serious YAC. The SC defense needed a stop to get some confidence early.
MV held SC to a three-and-out on its second possession.
SC’s Aaron Jones can also play some D. Jones broke up a deep ball intended for Joey Branker.
Jake Marshall followed the right side of his line for a 20-yard gain to the SC 27-yard line. MV is in business as the first quarter comes to an end.