June 15, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Week eight football included key league wins and running back’s amazing seven-TD game

(Photo: Fernando M. Donado, For OC Sports Zone).

Week eight of high school football had quite a finish Saturday when Orange’s Ardwon Morris rushed for seven touchdowns and 409 yards rushing on 33 carries leading the Panthers past Estancia 59-20.

Orange Coach Robert Pedroza said he’s never seen any player in his nine years at Orange score seven touchdowns in a game.

The victory kept the Panthers, who have won the Orange Coast League title the past two years, in the running for a share of another one.

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Also in week eight:

…. Defending PCL champion Northwood started league play with a 35-7 victory over Portola while Dana Hills upset Laguna Hills, the favorite this year, 21-20.

…. Santa Ana clinched a share of the Orange Coast League title defeating Saddleback 70-0 behind another big performance by Charles Hughes. The Saints (7-2, 5-0) have a bye this week before wrapping up the regular season vs. Orange at Fred Kelly Stadium on Friday, Oct. 28.

….. Tustin remained undefeated with a 21-0 victory over a high-scoring Crean Lutheran team. The Tillers are hoping to clinch an outright league title with two more wins. Crean Lutheran Coach Rick Curtis is hoping his team can defeat Cypress Saturday and keep its hopes alive for a share of the league crown.

…. Segerstrom’s football team, coached by Joseph Tagaloa, notched a decisive win to open Big Four League play. The Jaguars play at Garden Grove Thursday, looking to take another step toward the CIF playoffs.

….. Beckman and Irvine recorded victories in the Pacific Hills League to set the stage for a battle for first place Thursday night at Tustin.

.…. Westminster took a major step toward the CIF playoffs with a Pac-4 League victory over Godinez Thursday night. The Lions meet Ocean View Friday and Coach Steven Anderson said a win would clinch a playoff berth.

….. On the other side of the field, Godinez Coach Aron Kaye said he believes his team, which has three wins this season, is making progress after finishing 1-9 last year.

….. Sonora, Marina and Foothill all recorded key league victories.

….. It was an exciting week in the Trinity League with St. John Bosco defeating Mater Dei 28-0, Santa Margarita topping JSerra 34-31 and Orange Lutheran defeating Servite 36-33.

On to week nine!

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