CHARGERS A STEP CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOT WITH WIN
EL TORO HS – LAKE FOREST, CA
OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 10:42 PM
THE CHARGERS ARE A STEP CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOT WITH 40-0 WIN OVER DANA HILLS
The Chargers defense came out Friday, in front of an energetic packed Homecoming crowd at El Toro high school, and translated that energy into 3 turnovers and a shut-out of the Dana Hills Dolphins. Of those turnovers, Jake Landry had a sprawling interception in the first half and Bingem Pellin picked off the Dolphins on the final play of the game to preserve the shut-out. Raymond Carpenter accounted for the 3rd turnover when he alertly pounced on a loose football and recovered the fumble. Wes Henderson was in the Dana Hills backfield often and tallied 3 sacks by himself on the night. The Chargers were active and relentless in their pressure as Head Coach Mike Mayoral’s defensive schemes were highly effective throughout the game.
The Chargers used a balanced attack on offense and big plays on special teams to account for their 40 points. Austin Derrico had an outstanding game with 4 TD’s, 2 punt returns for TD’s, and 2 through the air. Derrico had punt returns of 48 and 45 yards and had 2 TD catches, the first from 13 yards out and the second was a 35 yards strike from Cooper Jones.
Noah Aguilar had 6 receptions for 87 yards to lead the team. Ryan Dietz hauled in a 10 yard pass over the middle in the back of the end zone for a TD in the second half. Shane McLaughlin and Julian Bruce had key catches to move the sticks and keep drives moving.
Cooper Jones completed 78% of his passes and finished 17 0f 22 for 210 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 interception.
Julian Bruce carried the load almost exclusively on the the ground for the Chargers as Steven Castaneda was out of action this week healing up. Bruce was explosive and elusive and he rushed the ball 13 times for 84 yards averaging 6.5 yards per carry behind his talented offensive line. Dominick Vasquez (LT), Kyle Whitesides ©, August Clark (G), Troy Teofilo (G), and Patrick Davis (RT) were opening holes and giving the passing game the time it needed to complete balls. And one more thing about running back Julian Bruce…..he also caught 4 passes for another 28 yards just for good measure.
Derrico had the 2 punt returns for TD’s, but that wasn’t all that was happening on special teams. Matthew Freem had quite a game drilling two field goals right down the middle. One from 34 yards out on the right hash, and the other from 42 yards out. He also sent kick-offs into the end zone all night helping El Toro to control field position. John Betts began everything on the opening kick of the game by returning the it 40 yards up the right sidleline….the spark that ignited the fire. And Noah Aguilar also had a 25 yard punt return.
It was a solid victory for the Blue and Gold on homecoming night. El Toro now can secure a playoff spot with a victory next Friday at Laguna Hills against the Hawks. That game will kick off at 7:00pm.