GAME RECAP-OC VARSITY
OC Varsity – Zach Cavanagh
September 29, 2017
MISSION VIEJO – While Mission Viejo honored all branches of the military with veterans in attendance for patriotic displays on its Armed Forces Night, you’d be forgiven if you thought the Diablos’ offense favored the Air Force.
Quarterback Joey Yellen threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns in the first half – 147 yards and three touchdowns to Olaijah Griffin on three receptions – as No. 2 Mission Viejo rolled in its nonleague finale over No. 14 El Toro, 42-17, Friday at Mission Viejo High.
“It’s an absolute honor, there’s no other way to put it,” Yellen said of his team wearing a veteran’s name on the back of their jerseys. “It’s an unbelievable tradition. My veteran was actually a fallen one, unbelievably accomplished. To be able to bring him some honor to his parents and all that, it was a real treat.”
Mission Viejo opens South Coast League play next Friday, Oct. 6, against Tesoro. El Toro starts Sea View League play next Friday,Oct. 6, at Aliso Niguel.
Chris Mitchell carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Mission Viejo (6-0) stifled El Toro (3-3) early and held the Chargers to 102 yards of offense in the first half with just six rushing yards.
El Toro quarterback Cooper Jones completed six of 26 first-half passes for 96 yards. He finished 14 of 38 for 218 yards and two second-half touchdowns.
The Diablos got right to work as Yellen hit Griffin on a 40-yard TD pass on their first drive.
“We had a good showing, offense and defense,” Yellen said. “Some things really clicked in the pass game. Some things we still have to fix up, but an improvement, for sure.”
Ryan Kennedy pulled in an interception two plays later, and Yellen turned it around on another TD pass to Griffin of 20 yards.
Noah Aguilar pulled in an interception for El Toro, but the Chargers couldn’t mount anything with it.
After a turnover on downs, Mission Viejo put together an 83-yard drive capped on a 19-yard run by Mitchell.
As the first quarter expired, Yellen found Osborne who fought off some tackles en route to a 33-yard touchdown and a four-score lead, 28-0.
“Not going to lie, our first five games we were kind of slow in the passing game,” Osborne said. “We had a good week of practice. We got it rolling.”
El Toro scored on their first two second-half drives with a 26-yard TD pass from Jones to Aquilar and a 22-yard field goal by Matt Freem.
Mission Viejo brought its starters back in and Shaun Javier-Rhodes scored on an 11-yard run.
Jones threw his second TD pass to Sam Whipple for six yards in the fourth quarter.