July 18, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

TUSTIN POST-GAME: Highlights from week zero of high school football

Beckman quarterback Jason Cheng threw two touchdown passes Friday.
Last week’s score: Beckman 30, Godinez 6.
Top offensive player:  Quarterback Jason Cheng, 13 of 16 for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
Top defensive player: Free safety Josh Carter, four tackles.
Coach’s comment: “Starting the season with a win is a great payoff for all the hard work our guys put in to preparation, especially against a solid Godinez squad,” said Coach Marcello Giuiliano.
“Clearly, there’s a lot to clean up since it was our first outing, but I was pleased that we played good team football; we had a lot of contributors in all phases of the game.
This week’s game: vs. Santa Ana Valley, Friday 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Valley.
“Valley is running a new spread offense; their QB has a strong arm and they have several kids that can catch and run, so this will be a completely different test for our defense from last week,” Giuliano said.
“As always, they have a big, physical defensive front and they make it hard to generate big plays. We need to improve our offensive and defensive fundamentals this week in order to give ourselves an opportunity for success.”


Last week: Dos Pueblos 31, Foothill 24

Top offensive player: Roman Pistone, 34 carries, 191 yards rushing two TD’s  two catches, one TD; JD Curran, 16 for 27, 211 yards, one TD; Gabe Gallardo, 5 catches for 85 yards; Zach Goral 4 for 61 yards.

Top defensive players: Dylan Ventress, seven tackles, Garrett Bunkers, four tackles; Joseph Chu, three tackles

Coach’s comment: “It was an awesome battle with a very physical team,” said Coach Doug Case. “We were down 21 points early and we put ourselves back in the game. I was very proud of the way the team handled themselves and kept their composure through a rough start to the game. We’re beginning to show the maturity that will be needed to have a successful season.”

This week: Foothill vs. Tustin, Friday at 7 p.m. at Northrup Field.

“Tustin week. We are always up for this game and it should be another epic battle for the crosstown rivals,” Case said. “Both teams have many underclassmen playing. Most of these kids know each other and they will be talking about this game the rest of their lives. We’re excited to be a part of it all.

TUSTIN (0-1)

Last week’s game: Capo Valley 42, Tustin 7.

Top offensive player:  Senior Mike Mierez, running back, 17 rushes for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Top defensive player:  Senior Chris Medina, linebacker

Top special teams players:  Junior Saul Gomez, long snapper.

Coach’s comment: “Capo Valley is a good team that played nearly mistake free,” said Tustin Coach Myron Miller. “Our goal is to improve each day and that’s our plan for this week.”

This week:  Tustin vs. Foothill, Friday at 7 p.m. at Northrup Field. “It’s Tustin vs. Foothill,” Miller said.  “Not much to say.  It’s always been a great game and I don’t expect this year to be any different.”



-Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone