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    Football roundup: Villa Park tops Yorba Linda in OT; Foothill, La Habra, San Clemente also win in Week 9
    • October 21, 2023

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    Dominic Ancich scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Emiliano Salazar booted the extra point to lift Villa Park’s football team past Yorba Linda 34-33 in a dramatic Crestview League game Friday at El Modena High.

    Villa Park (8-1, 1-1), ranked 16th in Orange County, scored on its first possession of overtime after No. 15 Yorba Linda (6-3, 1-1) opened the extra period with a touchdown run and missed extra point.

    The Mustangs missed their extra-point attempt after a penalty negated a successful kick following a 1-yard touchdown run by Chase Jones.

    Yorba Linda also missed an extra point in the first half that loomed significant as the teams finished regulation tied 27-27.

    Villa Park junior quarterback Nate Lewis set up the winning score by scrambling and then completing a 9-yard pass to Carter Christie to move the ball to the 2.

    Earlier in the drive, Ancich converted a fourth-and-1 at the Yorba Linda 16 with a 3-yard run.

    The Spartans bounced back from a 22-21 loss against Foothill last week. They close out the Crestview League by playing at Brea Olinda (5-4, 0-2) on Friday, Oct. 27.

    Yorba Linda finishes league on Thursday, Oct. 26, by taking on Foothill (6-3, 2-0), which has clinched at least a share of the league crown. The game will be played at Tustin High.

    Foothill 55, Brea Olinda 0: Running back Aaron Mitchell rushed for three touchdowns in the first half to help the Knights (6-3, 2-0) clinch at least a share of the league title at Tustin.

    Esperanza 34, Canyon 27: Aaron Forsgren rushed for 103 yards and a score as the Aztecs (4-5, 1-1) kept their playoff chances alive.

    Canyon wide receiver Kyle Bayle hauled in a school-record 19 catches for 213 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Corin Rynders passed for 292 passing yards and three scores for the Comanches (1-8, 0-2).

    La Habra 45, Fullerton 7: The visiting Highlanders (5-4, 3-1) posted their second consecutive impressive victory in league to move into a tie for second place with Troy (5-4, 3-1). La Habra takes on Sonora (8-1, 4-0) next week for a chance to earn a share of the league crown.

    Edison 56, Fountain Valley 7: Julius Gillick rushed for 158 yards and freshman Sam Thomson passed for 220 yards and three TDs as the Chargers (6-3, 4-0) continued to dominate its Bell Game rivalry and set up a showdown next week against Los Alamitos (7-2, 4-0) for the Sunset League title.

    Edison has won 19 consecutive games in its rivalry with Fountain Valley (3-5, 0-3).

    The Griffins defeated Huntington Beach 63-13 in a Sunset League game Friday.

    — Dan Albano

    San Clemente 35, Capistrano Valley 18: San Clemente clinched a share of the South Coast League championship by beating Capistrano Valley.

    The Tritons most recently won the league championship in the pandemic-shortened spring season in 2021.

    Aiden Rubin ran for two touchdowns for San Clemente (8-1, 2-0) and Dylan Mills threw two touchdown passes. Rubin is one rushing touchdown shy of the school-record.

    Cole Herlean had two touchdown receptions for the Tritons and Max Gonzales returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive game.

    Tommy Acosta and Cash Moormann had rushing touchdowns for Capo Valley (7-2, 0-2).

    Laguna Hills 31, Northwood 28, OT: Laguna Hills blocked a potential game-tying field goal attempt in overtime to edge Northwood in a Pacific Coast League game.

    The Hawks trailed 21-7 in the second half. Dylan Sciacca returned a fumble for a touchdown for Laguna Hills (8-1, 1-1) to tie the game.

    Ryan McKevitt ran for over 120 yards with a touchdown. Ben Trocchio had a rushing touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Mason Fromm. Tyler Guzman had an interception for the Hawks and Luke Whitfield made the go-ahead field goal in overtime.

    Edward Ma threw for over 250 yards with four touchdowns for Northwood (4-5, 1-1). Joseph Harper had two touchdown receptions and multiple sacks on defense.

    Dana Hills 52, Portola 13: Owen Walz had four rushing touchdowns for Dana Hills in a rout of Portola to clinch a share of the Pacific Coast League championship.

    The four rushing touchdowns are the most for a Dana Hills (7-2, 2-0) rusher since Trent Mason in 2010. Walz also had a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown, his second in two games.

    Jace Lowe threw three touchdown passes, two to Noah Kucera and one to James Leicester.

    Rocky Palacio threw for 150 yards with a touchdown for Portola (4-5, 0-2).

    Tustin 49, Pacifica 0: Tustin ran for 331 yards with five touchdowns in a win over Pacifica in an Empire League game.

    Eimesse Essis led the Tillers with 112 yards on six carries with two touchdowns. Mackenzie Elleyne had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown.

    Jack Stupin threw for 133 yards with two touchdowns for Tustin (9-0, 4-0). Khalil Terry and Drew Glymph each had interceptions for the Tillers. Tustin is the last remaining undefeated team in the county.

    Aliso Niguel 35, El Toro 14: Aliso Niguel ran for 225 yards in a Sea View League win over El Toro to snap its two-game losing streak.

    Quarterback Hunter Najm ran for 82 yards with three touchdowns and threw for 175 yards with a touchdown. Jarett Sabol ran for 89 yards with a touchdown for Aliso Niguel (6-3, 1-1).

    Ayden Sanchez caught five passes for 84 yards with a touchdown. Ryu Davis had an 85-yard kickoff return and Cameron Levine had eight tackles with a sack.

    Laguna Beach 50, Godinez 7: Jackson Kollock threw for 325 yards with seven touchdowns for Laguna Beach in a Pac 4 League win over Godinez.

    Six different receivers had touchdown receptions for Laguna Beach (8-1, 2-0). Nick Rogers had 89 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Brock Donaldson had 93 yards receiving with a touchdown.

    Nico Vidaurri Tucker had an interception for the Breakers and freshman Garrett Byerly recovered a fumble.

    Orange 51, Costa Mesa 6: Ardwon Morris ran for 287 yards with four touchdowns for Orange in an Orange Coast League win over Costa Mesa.

    Wesley Lundell threw for 120 yards on just three completions with two touchdowns for the Panthers. Isaiah Williams had all 120 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

    Isaac Daniels had an interception for Orange (5-4, 4-1).

    Estancia 29, Calvary Chapel 28: Rylie Witte threw for 278 yards with two passing and two rushing touchdowns for Estancia in an Orange Coast League win over Calvary Chapel.

    Evan Urquiza led the defense with eight solo tackles and a forced fumble. He also had a touchdown reception and a successful two-point conversion attempt which clinched the game for Estancia (5-4, 2-3).

    Joseth Zarate and Brandon Bettinghausen had touchdown receptions.

    — Michael Huntley

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    ​ Orange County Register