Editor’s note:Michael Huntley writes about the “under the radar” players, groups, competitions, uniforms, school bands– anything to do with the Orange County high college football scene.
This will certainly be the last OCVarsity Under the Radar Report of the period.
Under the Radar Offensive Player to Watch: Laguna Beach’s Sean Nolan
Laguna Coastline is just one of the much more shocking success stories in Orange County this year, largely as a result of quarterback Andrew Johnson and three-year starting receiver Sean Nolan.
The Breakers have their initial 10-win period because 2012 and also they gained a share of the Political action committee 4 League title. Their dominant passing attack assisted make that take place.
Johnson has been exceptional in his initial year as the team’s starting quarterback by throwing for 256 backyards per game with 41 touchdowns.
Nolan is Johnson’s key target as well as is quietly the fifth-leading receiver in Orange County. The senior has caught 70 passes for 1,184 yards as well as 18 touchdowns.
Nolan has been a staple of the offense throughout all three years of John Shanahan’s period at Laguna Beach and has ended up being a trustworthy leader for the Breakers.
“He has had the ability to come to the sidelines on numerous occasions this year as well as inform us what he assumes he can obtain on a large play, and practically every time he has been right on,” Shanahan claimed. “He brings a level of self-confidence to our team in times of battle. We know we can call up a bet Sean when we are struggling and also will be able to get the offense going.”
The Breakers have had no worry getting the offense going in the very first 2 rounds of the playoffs. Nolan has 14 functions for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns in Laguna Coastline’s gain Saddleback Valley Christian and Northwood. Johnson has thrown for 625 yards and 8 touchdowns in the playoffs.
“Inevitably I believe they both function so well with each other due to the fact that they rely on each other,” Shanahan claimed.
Laguna Beach will play Artesia in the Department 12 semifinals Friday. The Pioneers won a close game against Rio Hondo Preparation in the quarterfinals. Artesia hasn’t enabled less than 24 factors in a video game this season, so the Breakers needs to have some scoring possibilities.
The Pioneers ordinary 44 points per game on crime, greatly because of running back Travys Davis, who has hurried for 1,788 yards and also 24 touchdowns this period.
“Artesia is mosting likely to bring amazing ability to the video game on Friday night,” Shanahan said. “Their quarterback as well as running back are just as good as anyone we have seen this year. We are going to have to play very tidy to have an opportunity to reduce them down.”
The Breakers and also Pioneers have two usual challengers this period. Both teams directly beat Rio Hondo Prep, and both groups shed to Western. Wherefore it deserves, Laguna Beach was a lot more affordable versus Western than Artesia was.
Under the Radar Defensive Player to Watch: Western’s Caine Savage
The Savage siblings of Western are definitely not under the radar as offending tools. Caine Savage is second in the area in getting backyards with 1,432 and also has 22 touchdowns. His sibling Cassius is additionally among the leading 25 receivers in the region with 795 lawns and also 12 goals.
However very few individuals provide the Savage brothers the credit they deserve as defensive backs. Caine Savage is a closure corner and leads the group with 7 interceptions.
“He has wonderful feet as well as understanding of the route combinations the receiver intends to run,” Western train Dan Davidson said. “His biggest characteristic is his movie work. He places in a whole lot of time studying on who he is safeguarding. His understanding of the video game and quick reactions to the adjustments the broad receiver is attempting to make is quite unique.”
A significant contributor to the Savage siblings’ success on defense is the pass rush of the Western front 7. The Pioneers have 36 sacks this period, led by Simi Ah-Loe (9 sacks). James Mendoza and Danny Walters III each have eight sacks for Western. Ellis Nguyen additionally provides an excellent thrill from the within side of the line with Walters.
“Those guys put so much pressure on the protection as well as allows the playmakers on the backside to make plays,” Davidson stated. “The quarterback has been required to toss the sphere earlier than they wish to, forcing these errors.”
This week Western plays Beaumont, which is led by star receiver Brennen Jenkyns, that has 865 lawns getting as well as 12 touchdowns. The Cougars have actually racked up 31 touchdowns via the air this period.
“The key to slowing him (Jenkyns) down will certainly be our understanding of their plan as well as Caine Savage guarding him a lot of the time,” Davidson stated. “That boy is special, yet I have a few guys that our respectable sphere players themselves. I understand they are expecting the challenge. He is a solid path jogger, they put him in great locations to be successful and also he can go as well as obtain it.”
If Western can avoid Jenkyns from making large plays, the Pioneers ought to advance to their very first CIF national championship considering that 2004.
Under the Radar Video Game to See in the semifinals: Brea Olinda vs. North Torrance
Department 9 had lots of region teams in the top 25. Brea Olinda was not one of those groups, however it is one of the last 2 area groups standing in Division 9.
The Wildcats narrowly defeated Norte Panorama of Riverside last week with 2 touchdowns from Nathan Wyse and also an area objective by sophomore Kyle O’Brien.
Brea has located a successful formula with its crime, scoring 14 touchdowns in its last 3 games. Elderly quarterback Jacob Moon has been reliable, tossing 5 touchdowns in those last 3 video games with no interceptions. Wyse has actually been the playmaker, customarily, scoring 8 goals during that three-game span.
The Wildcats’ defense has been an unsung hero lately. Noah Tango had 20 tackles against Norte Vista and also was called Orange County defensive player of the week. Kion Marshall has actually been a beneficial item of the Wildcats’ defense, tallying a team-high 18 deals with for a loss and also including 4.5 sacks. Eugene Kim is the team’s leading tackler with 120, consisting of 18 against Norte Vista.
“Those three children are talented and also all have had a really superior season,” Brea Olinda coach Robb Perrance said. “They have had fantastic games because they have actually implemented their part in the defensive plan from week to week. It’s really a representation of the protective team on the area, each guy purchasing into the plan and collectively playing solid team protection.”
The Brea protection will have its hands full Friday with North Torrance running back Stephen Bradford, that has hurried for 1,863 backyards and also 22 touchdowns this season.
“My feeling on (Bradford’s efficiency) based upon the movie I have actually seen is he has good size, rate, agility, and shows up to have excellent vision,” Perrance stated. “He runs hard. Simply a gifted boy as well as they get him the round.”
North Torrance is 1-1 against Orange Area teams this season, enduring an early-season loss to Water fountain Valley and a thrilling win against Orange in the very first round of the playoffs. The Saxons directly defeat San Marino in the quarterfinals as Bradford hurried for 332 yards as well as three goals.
If Brea defeats North Torrance, the Wildcats will certainly progress to their initial CIF champion game because 2015 when they shed to Canyon in the final.
Under the Radar story: Styles make fights.
There is a motto but true expression in the boxing and mixed martial arts globe: styles make battles. The same is real in football.
I indicate, hopefully there will not be any fights bursting out Friday, but various designs develop intriguing competitions.
For example, Santa Ana plays Kaiser of Fontana in the Division 8 semifinals on Friday. This game is a press reporter’s desire as it includes 2 groups that run the round non-stop — — which means a much faster game and also no worry making deadline. Patrick McMorris ran the round 36 times in Santa Ana’s quarterfinal win over Temecula Valley. It’s very easy to see why the Saints favor running the sphere as McMorris hurried for 306 lawns because video game and is balancing 216 lawns per video game this period.
McMorris is the fifth-leading rusher in the county regardless of having actually played just 7 video games.
Kaiser ran the sphere 51 times for 323 backyards in its quarterfinal win versus San Dimas.
This video game will certainly boil down to who can stop large plays as well as which offensive line remains in better shape.
Western and Beaumont are teams that often tend to toss the sphere a whole lot. Western does have a great running back in Rashaan Hester, but it’s not a key that the Western coaching personnel suches as putting the game in the hands of quarterback Anthony Munoz.
Beaumont doesn’t have a dominant quarterback like Munoz, yet still suches as to broadcast it out. The Cougars average even more pass attempts per game than Western.
“Both teams like to toss the round. We both run it sufficient to establish the pass,” Davidson claimed. “We both have playmakers all over the area, so the group that cares for the ball and also makes those few unique plays will certainly go on to the championship game.”
I anticipate 70 pass attempts between these 2 teams as well as a game that lasts around 4 hours. I do not covet the press reporter that needs to cover this game. Wait a 2nd, (checks notes) phew. It’s not me.
Occasionally it’s difficult to obtain emotionally purchased a week where so few county interplay each other. Yet when you examine the matches, it gets even more fun. It is exciting to see 2 superb offensive lines play each other, or a leading pass protection play a gifted quarterback.