Mission Viejo, ranked No. 1 in Orange County and No. 2 in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division, had an easy time of it at Aliso Niguel. The Diablos scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter.
Score: Mission Viejo 56, Aliso Niguel 7
Key Stats: Ian Fieber completed six of 11 passes for 165 yards, and Alex Suchesk carried 10 times for 96 yards and touchdowns of 3, 1 and 44 yards—all in the first half.
Pivotal Moment: Aliso Niguel was already down by a touchdown, but when a fumbled punt was scooped up by Jake White and returned for a 2-yard touchdown, it spelled the end for the Wolverines. Mission’s going to get its points on offense, so you can ill afford to allow a touchdown on special teams or defense.
Quotable: "We work hard on all phases of the game, and when it comes together, it makes me happy," Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson told the Orange County Register.
Records: Mission Viejo (5-0), Aliso Niguel (1-4)
Notes: It would be great if a quality Orange County team would step up to play Mission so this game wouldn't be played; last year, Mission won, 84-22, setting a school record for points. ... Mission held a 49-0 halftime lead. … In addition to White’s fumble return, Mission also scored on Tony Williams’ 25-yard fumble return, and Christian Webb’s 68-yard interception return. … Williams also rushed for 54 yards and a 1-yard score. … Reserves played in the second half for Mission Viejo. Hunter Bland threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Jordan Palomino late in the third quarter. … Aliso scored with 4:05 remaining on Nick Chapman’s 2-yard run. … Chapman, the quarterback, passed for 115 yards. … Next week Mission Viejo plays Redlands East Valley (1-3), the No. 10 team in the Inland Division, at Redlands Citrus Valley High. In the past, those road games against REV were at Redlands College. … Aliso Niguel will play at home against Saddleback Valley Christian (2-1).
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