El Toro 41 Aliso Niguel 24 - Recap Story
Ground game gives El Toro extra push to pull away from Aliso Niguel
By MICHAEL HUNTLEY | Orange County Register/ OC VARSITY
PUBLISHED: October 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm
ALISO VIEJO – No. 14 El Toro showed off its offensive versatility in a 41-24 victory over No. 24 Aliso Niguel on Friday in a Sea View League game.
The Chargers are known mostly for their prolific passing offense, but demonstrated the ability to run the ball and control the clock. Steven Castaneda and Julian Bruce rushed for 95 and 90 yards, respectively, on a combined 26 carries.
“Any time you can run the football it’s a benefit to you,” El Toro coach Mike Mayoral said.
Cooper Jones threw the ball well as well. The senior quarterback completed 15 of 20 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
“That’s who Cooper is. He’s an outstanding young man,” Mayoral said. “He’s got great character and he plays like a 6-foot-8 guy. He’s really special.”
The turning point in the game was late in the third quarter. After an interception by Jake Landry (his second pick of the game, the first was a pick 6), Jones threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Shane Mclaughlin to extend the El Toro lead to 10.
“The ball was a little bit underthrown but Shane Mclaughlin made a great play and scored for me. It was nice,” Jones said.
Jones threw two other touchdown passes, both to Austin Derrico (Austin also had an interception). The trio of Mclaughlin, Derrico and Noah Aguilar caught 13 passes for 227 yards.
“My job is to get the ball in their hands. I personally believe I have the best playmakers in the county,” Jones said. “It’s my job to get it in their hands and they do the rest.”
Aliso Niguel (4-3, 0-1) moved the ball well but had three turnovers. Receiver Tyler Jones caught 12 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s a good football player so he was definitely on our mind,” Mayoral said. “We added a little something this week to try to slow him down. Overall we kept him in check which was our gameplan.”
Aliso quarterback Kyle Robertson threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown.
El Toro (4-3, 1-0) plays No. 11 Capistrano Valley next week in what will potentially decide the Sea View League championship.
“I’m sure in both of our minds it’s a league championship game,” Jones said. “We have to execute a lot better than we did tonight. I think we will come out with a ‘W’ if we play a hard game.”