OLu, San Juan Hills and Serra with impressive wins in SoCal Top 25 games

Orange Lutheran football#15 Orange Lutheran ready to rumble with #6 Vista Murrieta.

Mission League play opened Friday night with #13 Loyola hosting #8 Serra with the Cubs hoping to do what it couldn’t do last year, which was win a league game after a perfect 4-0 non-league start.  Unfortunately for Loyola (4-1, 0-1), the Serra defense had different ideas in a 35-17 win.

The Serra (4-1, 1-0) defense scored two touchdowns in the victory — Pick 6 by Tyler Hall and fumble recovery by Winston Webb.  In the quarter, the Cavaliers’ defense forced three turnovers that were converted into points.

Serra quarterback Khalil Tate, an Arizona-recruit, had another big night with 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns, according to the Daily Breeze.

After playing the #3 and #11 teams in the nation over the last two weeks, #15 Orange Lutheran (3-2) rebounded Friday night by knocking-off #6 Vista Murrieta (3-1) 29-14.  The Broncos got out to a 6-0 lead that they held until late in the first half.  Quarterback LJ Northington‘s 13-yard touchdown pass to Malone Mataele put the Lancers up for good at 10-6.

Related: Video – OLu runs by Vista Murrieta 29-14

In the other battle between teams in the High School Football America/SoCal Top 25, #23 San Juan Hills beat #22 Los Alamitos 54-26.  SJH’s quarterback Patrick O’Brien, a Nebraska-recruit, who entered the game completing over 80-percent of his passes was 20-of-26 for 313 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.  He also for a score.

#3 Mater Dei finished-out its non-league schedule with a perfect 5-0 record with a 42-26 win over Edison (2-3).  Freshman QB JT Daniels threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns.  Running back Brandon LaMarche scored two touchdowns and rushed for 146 yards.

#4 Bishop Amat (4-1, 1-0) opened Mission League play with a 56-7 thrashing of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.  Running back Torreahno Sweet racked-up 252 yards on just 15 carries.  He scored three touchdowns on the ground, plus one receiving.  Sweet caught three balls for 61 yards, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

#5 Mission Viejo (6-0) beat Redondo Union (4-1) 35-16 in a battle of unbeatens.  Diablo running back Colin Schooler ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

#7 Alemany (5-0, 0-1) beat Crespi (1-4, 0-1) 18-0 in the Mission League opener for both teams.  The Warrior defense limited the Celts to 121 yards in total offense.  Alemany sealed the win when Marcel Myers returned a fumble late in the game for a 70-yard touchdown.

#9 Long Beach Poly topped Long Beach Wilson (3-2, 0-1) 67-30 in the Moore League opener for both squads.  Poly (3-1, 1-0)  head coach Antonio Pierce again decided to start Nolan McDonald over 5-star recruit Malik Henry at quarterback.  Both QB’s played well with both tossing two touchdown passes.  Henry, a Florida State-recruit, also ran for one in this rivalry game that dates back over 80 years.

Jackrabbit wide receiver Jack Jones had eight receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

#10 Oaks Christian buried Birmingham (2-3) 55-7 behind three interceptions by Lee Pitts.  OC improved to 5-0 with sophomore quarterback Matthew Corral throwing for 337 yards and four touchdowns.  USC-recruit Michael Pittman, Jr. caught nine balls for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

#11 Narbonne beat Paramount 54-6 behind Kameron Denmark‘s four rushing touchdowns.  The Gauchos are now 2-2 with the two losses coming by a total of four points to #8 Serra and #9 Long Beach Poly.  Dominic Peterson had three sacks for Narbonne, plus a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

#12 JSerra (5-0) got out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looked back in its game against St. Paul (3-2).  Avery Williams, who only played in the first half, ran for 90 yards on just seven carries.  He had two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard punt return in the 42-7 victory.

Related: #14 Tesoro and #21 La Habra pick-up Thursday night wins

#17 St. Bonaventure survived a scare against Hart.  The Seraphs led 42-38 when Brock Williams caught what appeared to be the game-winning pass for a touchdown as time expired, according to the Daily News.  However, offensive pass interference was called.  The Indians had one more shot, but Hart’s Hail Mary pass was picked-off.

#18 Westlake (4-1) dominated Domiguez 35-7.  Grant Bunker was 18 of 25 passing for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

#19 Santa Margarita (4-1) bounced back from last week’s loss to Westlake by beating King 56-7.  Dylan Crawford had 102 yards receiving as Stanford-recruit KJ Costello tossed for 204 yards and two TDs.  Costello also ran for a score.

#20 Norco (3-1) got past Citrus Hill (3-2) 31-28 in a game that had four lead changes.

#24 Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) rolled past La Serna 59-21.  Aaron Manning accounted for 228 yards in total offense with four touchdowns, according to the Daily Bulletin.

#25 Redlands East Valley (3-1) shutout Carter 50-0.  Joey Harman rushed for 191 yards and four scores.

Still to come today, #2 St. John Bosco will play New Jersey-power St. Peter’s Prep with kickoff set for 2:30 Pacific Time.

High School Football America/SoCal Top 25 Scoreboard

#1 Corona Centennial Huskies – Idle

#2 St. John Bosco Braves at St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey), Saturday

#3 Mater Dei Monarchs beat Edison 42-26

#4 Bishop Amat Lancers beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 56-7

#5 Mission Viejo Diablos beat Redondo Union 35-16

#6 Vista Murrieta Broncos lost to #15 Orange Lutheran 29-14

#7 Alemany Warriors beat Crespi 18-0

#8 Serra Cavaliers beat #13 Loyola 35-17

#9 Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits beat Long Beach Wilson 67-30

#10 Oaks Christian Lions beat Birmingham 55-7

#11 Narbonne Gauchos beat Paramount 54-6

#12 JSerra Lions beat St. Paul 42-7

#13 Loyola Cubs lost to #8 Serra (Gardena) 31-17

#14 Tesoro Titans beat Corona del Mar 45-31

#15 Orange Lutheran Lancers beat #6 Vista Murrieta 29-14

#16 Chaminade Eagles – Idle

#17 St. Bonaventure Seraphs beat Hart 42-38

#18 Westlake Warriors beat Dominguez 35-7

#19 Santa Margarita Eagles beat King 56-7

#20 Norco Cougars beat Citrus Hill 31-28

#21 La Habra Highlanders beat Colony 49-6

#22 Los Alamitos Griffins lost to #23 San Juan Hills 54-26

#23 San Juan Hills Stallions beat #22 Los Alamitos 54-26

#24 Rancho Cucamonga Cougars beat La Serna 59-21

#25 Redlands East Valley Wildcats beat Carter 50-0

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