ET 42 LHHS 7 - Game Recap
The Night the Ground Shook
Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills , CA
October 27, 2017 – 2:26am
The Chargers wanted to head into the playoffs with a surge and they did just that Friday at Laguna Hills high school as they beat the Hawks 42-7 in front of their home crowd on senior night. El Toro used a dominating rushing attack, some timely passes, and a relentless, swarming defense to dominate the game.
No, that wasn’t the sound of horse hooves galloping through Laguna Hills Friday night. It was the El Toro rushing attack. The Chargers ran the football behind their offensive line of Dominick Vasquez, Troy Teofilo, Kyle Whitesides, August Clark and Patrick Davis to the tune of 245 total rushing yards. That front 5 wrecking crew created running lanes all night long for the El Toro running backs. Steven Castaneda and Julian Bruce are a formidable one-two punch, and a stellar tandem in the backfield for the Chargers. Castaneda carried the football 21 times for 131 yards and Bruce 13 times for 109 yards. The two of them slashed and dashed to 3 TD’s (2 Castaneda, 1 Bruce).
El Toro quarterback Cooper Jones finished with 3 touchdown passes, one each to Austin Derrico, Shane Mclaughlin, and Noah Aguilar. Shane McLaughlin made a streaking sideline TD catch of 72 yards to cap the first half scoring and put the Chargers up and in control 28-7. Derrico also returned multiple punts for over 60 yards, and Mclaughlin had a kick return of 28 yards. Noah Aguilar did it all on both sides of the ball as he has all season long.
Matthew Freem drilled all 6 of his PAT’s and was given a shot on a 46 yard field goal that just missed. Freem also pinned the Hawks inside the 5 yard line on a punt, and put the opening kick of the game into the end zone. Late in the game Freem came up and made a nice hit and tackle on a ball carrier during a kick return who was threatening to break into the clear.
Defensively El Toro made it a long and frustrating night for the Hawks. El Toro forced 2 turnovers, a fumble caused by a joint tackle from Mike Brown and John Betts that jarred the ball loose and allowed Nick Martinez to come up with it, and another on an interception by Jake Landry at the end of the 1st half. The Hawks completed only 1 pass all evening due to an intense pass rush that tallied 4 sacks ( Martinez, Brown, Carpenter & DiTammaso together on one, and Poderoso). The Chargers defense also racked up 10 tackles for losses on Laguna Hills rushing plays. Tackle leaders on the game were Wes Henderson (7), Sam Whipple (6) and Raymond Carpenter (6). Zach Raigosa had multiple tackles and batted down a pass, while John Betts, Mike Brown, Bradley DiTommaso, Charles Poderoso, Nick Martinez, and Jake Landry had multiple tackles in the game.
What those stats don’t say in how the defensive unit played together with intensity and focus. Coach Mayoral always preaches to his players the importance of alignment, assignment, and arriving to the football in a foul mood. The Chargers did all 3.
Coach Mayoral and his staff now get 2 weeks to prepare for the first round of the playoffs on November 10th. Their opponent and game venue won’t be known until CIF-SS playoff brackets are released after high school schedules are completed next Friday night. The release likely will be Sunday mid-morning and will post to CIF-SS websites and OC Varsity will give live bracket and seeding updates.
The Chargers worked hard all season to get to the dance, and now they get to show their moves on the floor. You can be sure the Charger Nation will be behind them all the way through every playoff round.
Victory and Go Chargers!