Where, when: Irvine High, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are coming off of losses. One’s loss was a tad more difficult than the other. Woodbridge got beat by Segerstrom, 47-28, last week in a battle of teams ranked high in the CIF-Southern Section’s Southern Division.
Aliso Niguel got steamrolled by Mission Viejo, 84-22. It was 63-14 at halftime. Aliso quarterback Nathan Cole is second in passing yardage in Orange County, with 1,410 (El Toro’s record-setting Conner Manning is way ahead, with 2,255). He has 20 touchdown passes with four interceptions, an enviable ratio.
Cole works the ball around, too. The Wolverines have three receivers with 13 or more receptions. Woodbridge has lost two in a row to good teams, with a loss to Capistrano Valley preceding the one to Segerstrom.
The Warriors are led offensively by Austin DeFreitas, who is third in county rushing with 791 yards and is averaging 198 yards a game.
Aliso Niguel should not let is confidence suffer from last week’s game, because Mission Viejo is a team that can overwhelm many opponents.
Look for Aliso to get the victory it needs before starting Sea View League play next week.
Winner: Aliso Niguel
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