Fryer’s First and 10 for Week 1 of High School Football – Orange County Register


Kick off Orange County Football Week with Notes, Comments and Observations …

1. In the heart of Texas: Mater Dei hits the road this week on a long trip to Texas to play Duncanville. Mater Dei is No. 1 in the MaxPreps National Rankings and Duncanville is No. 13. This is only the second trip out of state for Mater Dei’s football team.

The Monarchs went to Washington DC and beat Don Bosco Prep a few years ago.

It’s the non-football part of the trip that preoccupies Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson above all else.

“It’s a big challenge,” he said. “Not only do we play a very good team, but you add the logistics of traveling with children aged 16 to 18. I counted and 40% of them have never flown.

2. Yes, Texas high school football is serious business: Duncanville charged $ 3 to attend his scrum against North Crowley last week. And right now, a sports director from Southern California is thinking, “Hey, what an interesting idea …”

3. Nowhere to run: Servite’s defense crushed Edison’s running game on Friday, keeping the Chargers within-9 yards on 29 attempts.

4. Need for improvement: Servite racked up 114 penalty yards in his 54-14 victory over Edison and erased two penalty touchdowns.

4. Old QB Monarchs shine: Tustin’s quarterback Tobey Schmidt, who was on Mater Dei’s roster last year, threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns and completed a 2-point conversion pass to Jonathan Agwanda in overtime to give the Tillers a 35-34 victory over Capistrano Valley.

Edison Parker Awad’s quarterback, also a former monarch, had 143 yards and two touchdowns under constant pressure during the Chargers’ loss to Servite.

5. Griffins again: Los Alamitos averaged 51 points per game last season. The Griffins started this season with a 65-18 victory over Bakersfield.

6. Start: This Foothill-Cypress game featured several excellent baseball players. Cypress’s Matthew Morrell is an outfielder / pitcher, and running back / receiver Neil Jansen plays in the middle of the field for the Centurions. Foothill wide receiver Brady Schrank plays shortstop for the baseball team, tight end Patrick Hawks plays first base and wide receiver Austin Overn plays center.

7. Villa Park against Orange: They finally clashed last spring, with Orange winning 25-16. They meet on Thursday at El Modena High.

It’s not widely known, but the schools that line Highway 55 – Foothill, Orange, Villa Park, and El Modena – hate each other deeply… in a good way, if you know what I mean.

8. La Habra will be fine: The Highlanders lost to Upland 13-0. It says more about how good Upland is than anything negative about La Habra.

9. Yorba Linda 26, Port of Newport 14: There was some uncertainty about the quality of Yorba Linda’s online play this season. Well it looks like there is nothing to worry about there.

10. A beautiful noise: The student sections of the Foothill-Cypress match were loud and proud. I had forgotten how much I missed it.

Oh, a tip for adults arriving at high school football games: ask a school administrator where the kids sit. They’ll show up en masse just before kick-off in their designated area and they’re not going to sit down, so don’t even ask.

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