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Galaxy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic know time is running out

Time isn’t really on the Galaxy’s side.

The Galaxy is in eighth place in the Western Conference with five games remaining, but the next two games are at home against the Seattle Sounders (Sunday) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (Sept. 29).

Both teams are ahead of the Galaxy in the standings.

“We have to win the game, let’s be honest,” interim coach Dominic Kinnear said. “I think if we lose the game, we’re in real big trouble. Our playoff lifeline is hanging by a thread, but in order to do that we have to stay committed to each other and play together.”

The Galaxy hopes to take advantage of a Seattle squad that had a mid-week game or, as has been the case this season, hopes Zlatan Ibrahimovic dials up some more of his goal-scoring magic.

Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals in 22 games this season, including his 500th of his career last Saturday.

“I’ve seen all the comments and compliments I get and of course you feel more proud,” he said of reaching No. 500. “You realized more of what you have achieved and when you see the players who have done 500 and above, it is not normal players, so I appreciate it a lot and I’m very thankful for all the comments out there.”

Ibrahimovic joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500-plus goals.

“Like (David) Beckham said, if you score 500, you’re really old in the game,” Ibrahimovic said. “That’s pretty much how I feel, but I still have some more to give and hopefully it doesn’t stop there with 500.

“I’ve tried to make all the Swedish (people) proud for what I’m doing and putting Sweden on the map, so that is what my main goal is. Coming from Sweden, that little country, but I had a chance to play with all the big clubs and big players and still produce the goals I’ve did.”

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In his short time with the Galaxy, Ibrahimovic has proved he still has the ability to score goals and carry a team. This season has also found him in an unusual position of fighting for the postseason. When you’ve played for the biggest clubs in the world, the fight is usually for Champions League positions. Winning titles has been a way of life.

“The teams I’ve played for, I’ve had the feeling like we were unbeatable, nobody can destroy us, we will destroy everybody,” he said. “Now it is like you come to a game and feels like 50-50, anything can happen.”

“I don’t want to talk about luck, because luck is for the less good teams and players, so I don’t want to have luck. I want to have quality, I want to have a stable season, stable games, where you control the games more and that is where I think the lack has been. We don’t control the games. Every time somebody attacks, it feels like we will get hurt instead of thinking, ‘This is no problem, we will take care of it.’”

Throughout the season, Ibrahimovic has tried to shield his obvious frustrations with a funny quip, but Thursday, it was obvious he wasn’t happy with the way things have gone.

“We had nine games where we didn’t lose and then we lost one and from that we didn’t win since that game,” he said. “As soon as we lose, you should come back strong, but we haven’t got out from that hole.”

The Galaxy hasn’t won since July 29 and is currently in the midst of a seven-game winless streak.

When asked if there was a situation he wouldn’t return next season, Ibrahimovic said: “I don’t know … this I have to discuss. It is not the moment to talk about that. It is something that I will discuss with the club what they want, what I want. I have five games (left), I’m happy, physically I feel strong, I feel good, I’m producing, we just need to win games and then everything is perfect.”

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (13-10-5, 44 points) at L.A. GALAXY (10-11-8, 38 points)

Kickoff: 4 p.m. at StubHub Center

TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1; KTMZ/1220; LAGalaxy.com (English)

Update: The Sounders had their nine-game winning streak snapped 1-0 Wednesday by the Philadelphia Union. One of their wins during that streak with a 5-0 romp over the Galaxy on Aug. 18. Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz (ankle) left Wednesday’s game early and was limited during training. Chad Marshall also left the game early, but did not suffer a concussion.

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Former Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie remembered on 5th anniversary of his death

LAGUNA BEACH — For the officers of the Laguna Beach Police Department, Sept. 21 forever marks the day they lost not only a trusted friend and fellow officer, but a man many described as “larger than life.”

Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach police officer and former Army Ranger who was killed in the line of duty, was remembered at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 21, the fifth anniversary of his death in 2013.

  • Luciana Coutchie is the mother of Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella observes a moment of silence during a ceremony honoring Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Laguna Beach Police Officer Dave Gensemer was a partner of Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty, on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mourners laid flowers at a monument for fallen officers after a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death.(Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Colton Clasby’s mother and father are both officers with the Garden Grove Police Department. He was in attendance at a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Laguna Beach Police Officer C. Martin salutes during a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A memorial poster is taped on a pole at the corner of Cleo and Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. This corner is where motor officer Jon Coutchie lost his life on September 21, 2013. The Laguna Beach Police Department held a memorial service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The flag is retired during a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sgt. David McGill was part of the color guard in attendance at a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The color guard salutes during a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bob Coutchie is the father of Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella watches a helicopter fly overhead during the national anthem. She was at a ceremony honoring Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013.(Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Police officers laid flowers at a monument for fallen officers after a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death.(Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Many mourners in attendance held white roses during a memorial service for Jon Coutchie, a Laguna Beach Police Department motor officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 2013. The department held a memorial on service on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of Coutchie’s death. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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Coutchie, who had become a motor officer in March of that year, died after a crash at Cleo Street and Coast Highway while responding to a report of a motorist driving recklessly. He was 41.

“Five years to the day, healing has taken place and Jon’s spirit still lives within the police department,” said Laguna Beach police Chief Laura Farinella. “There is still pain but it has changed to form strength, which has given us the ability to move forward.”

The ceremony held in front of Laguna Beach Police Department’s Police Memorial included a presentation by the Laguna Beach and Irvine Honor Guards and comments by Farinella and police Capt. Jeff Calvert, one of Coutchie’s longest and closest friends.

Others attending included Coutchie’s parents Bob and Luciana Coutchie, Laguna Beach firefighters, Laguna Beach lifeguards, city dignitaries, and residents. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter Duke flew over the ceremony in tribute.

Honoring Coutchie’s service has been a healing process for Calvert. The two grew up together and were classmates at Laguna Hills High School. It was Calvert who suggested Coutchie consider getting into law enforcement after he finished his tour as an Army Ranger, where he completed four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2007.

“Jon has always been a patriot,” Calvert said Friday, recalling how he laughed when Coutchie, then 31, said he wanted to join the Army. “He was always someone who enjoyed freedom and after 9/11, he wanted to fight to protect that freedom.

“When he planned to get out, he said, ‘I don’t know what I’ll do.’ I told him, ‘I have the perfect job for you.’”

Coutchie, at 36, attended Golden West College Police Academy and finished at the top of his class, Calvert said. Coutchie joined the Laguna Beach Police Department in 2009.

Once on the police force, Coutchie enjoyed the camaraderie of teamwork on patrol.

Coutchie, who had no children, always volunteered to work holidays so other officers could spend time with their families, Calvert said.

“He never took time off,” Calvert said. “If he did he felt he would let his teammates down.”

“Jon lost his life in a motorcycle accident standing guard in the Laguna Beach community,” Calvert said. “He was the finest example of a peacekeeper and a soldier.”

Friday’s ceremony included the playing of taps by Officer Robert Hufford from the Newport Beach Police Department, and the lowering of an American flag. The flag was presented to Laguna Beach police Detective Dave Gensemer  by Honor Guard Sgt. Dave McGill as recognition for living up to Coutchie’s values and for exhibiting courage, sacrifice and high morals as a member of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

“This department is a true team effort,” Gensemer said after receiving the remembrance flag. “Jon is looking down on us and is proud of what he sees.”

Gensemer talked about his first experiences with Coutchie and the feeling after their first meeting that they would become “life-long friends.”

The two carpooled, even though Coutchie lived nearby in Dana Point and Gensemer was much farther away.  Gensemer said he wondered at first why Coutchie would do that — then he figured it out.

“Jon was mentoring me,” he said. “He was doing what he did in the Rangers.”

Gensemer told those gathered that Coutchie taught him critical life lessons.

“Look for one good reason to do something, rather than many reasons why you can’t,” he said. “Be all or nothing. If you’re going to complain to a supervisor, you better have a solution.”

“It’s an unbelievable honor to get this flag today,” he said.

The memorial also paid tribute to Laguna Beach police Officer Gordon French, who was killed in the line of duty in 1953. He was the first officer killed in the department.

“We were fortunate to have 60 years without an officer killed but the distance between these two tragedies does not make the loss any easier,” Farinella said.

“When a department loses a member, the pain of that loss is very tough for those who are there,” she said. “As time moves on and the department changes, those who knew them become less and less. This is why the remembrance ceremony is so important, so that we never forget and honor those past sacrifices.”

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Rosenstein’s fate could turn on which account Trump believes

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had “LIED! LIED! LIED!”

Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump, though one person who was present at the time said Rosenstein was just being sarcastic, and reportedly suggested removing the commander in chief from office. Rosenstein issued a swift denial to both claims.

The revelation that the second-ranking Justice Department official had even broached those ideas has created even more uncertainty for him at a time when Trump has railed against law enforcement leadership he has perceived as biased against him.

The president, at a Missouri rally Friday night, said there was a “lingering stench” at the Justice Department that “we’re going to get rid of.” He didn’t name names.

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A key witness in the episode is Andrew McCabe, who was temporarily elevated to FBI director after Trump fired James Comey. McCabe documented conversations with senior officials, including Trump and Rosenstein, in memos that have been provided to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Trump-Russia investigation.

The discussion about possibly recording Trump occurred during a meeting with McCabe in May 2017 following Comey’s firing. Comey’s dismissal infuriated many rank-and-file agents, but the White House has said that decision was made on the Justice Department’s recommendation.

A memo from McCabe also describes Rosenstein as having discussed the potential removal of the president under the Constitution.

While Trump has publicly scorned Rosenstein, the president has been every bit as harsh toward McCabe, who was fired in March amid a watchdog investigation that concluded he repeatedly lied about his involvement in a news media disclosure.

Trump once called McCabe’s firing a “great day for democracy” and asserted without elaboration that McCabe knew all “about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI.” The inspector general’s findings have been referred to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

Friday’s news reports raised the prospect that Trump could fire Rosenstein. Any dismissal could affect Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees his work.

Trump said at the Missouri rally that the Justice Department has some “great people” but also “some real bad ones.” He said the “bad ones” were gone, “but there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that, too.” It was unclear to whom he was referring, and the White House did not respond to questions about Rosenstein’s remarks.

President Donald Trump greets the crowd during a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rosenstein’s comments were first reported by The New York Times, which also said he raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office. Rosenstein denied it.

“I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false,” he said in a statement.

The differing accounts of the conversation underscore the conflicts that roiled the FBI and Justice Department early in the Trump administration. Rosenstein, just weeks into his job, wrote a memo critical of Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation that the White House used as justification for firing Comey.

Rosenstein distanced himself from the White House soon after Comey’s firing by saying his memo “was not a statement of reasons” for firing Comey. Comey, meanwhile, has criticized Rosenstein’s role in the firing but has said Rosenstein has acted honorably since then.

Comey and McCabe, once close associates at the FBI, have provided wildly divergent accounts about who knew what when regarding a 2016 Wall Street Journal story on an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe says he told Comey that he had authorized FBI officials to share information with a reporter in order to push back against a story McCabe felt was going to be unfair to the bureau and inaccurate. Comey has said McCabe did not acknowledge having done so and left the impression that he didn’t know who had shared the information with the journalist.

The inspector general’s office has accepted Comey’s account over McCabe’s in concluding that McCabe repeatedly lied to internal investigators under oath. McCabe denies that.

The Justice Department on Friday distributed a list of instances in which the inspector general said McCabe had made false statements in the past. The department also released an email from one attendee who said Rosenstein’s “statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president.”

One of the people briefed on the conversation in question, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the interaction, said it occurred during a moment of frustration between McCabe and Rosenstein.

Rosenstein was rankled by the revelation that Comey had kept memos about his interactions with the president, and McCabe wanted a more aggressive approach toward the White House, the person said.

At that point, Rosenstein said to McCabe something to the effect of, “What do you want, you want me to wear a wire?” according to the person. Rosenstein was asked in the meeting if he was serious, and he said yes, but he did not mean for the wire comment to be taken seriously as a tactic to investigate Trump, the person said.

The person also said that a memo from McCabe describes Rosenstein as referencing the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that a president can be declared “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” upon a majority vote of the vice president and the Cabinet.

The person said a different memo about that day from another FBI official, Lisa Page, does not include the 25th Amendment reference. But another person with knowledge of the interactions, who also insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations, said there were multiple meetings that day and that Page’s notes are about a different meeting, which explains why her notes don’t line up with McCabe’s.

McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that McCabe had drafted memos to “memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions.” He did not address the content of the memos.

Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in Springfield, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is “little rocket man” no more. President Donald Trump isn’t a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”

In the year since Trump’s searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery.

And there’s fresh hope that the U.S. president’s abrupt shift from coercion to negotiation can yield results in getting Kim to halt, if not abandon, his nuclear weapons program.

Trump will address world leaders at the United Nations on Tuesday on the back of an upbeat summit between South and North Korea, where Kim promised to dismantle a major rocket launch site and the North’s main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if it gets some incentive from Washington.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, is greeted by North Koreans as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, watches during a welcome ceremony at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The leaders announced a wide range of agreements which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP)

North Korea remains a long, long way from relinquishing its nuclear arsenal, and the U.S. has been adding to, not easing, sanctions. Yet the past 12 months have seen a remarkable change in atmosphere between the adversaries that has surprised even the former U.S. envoy on North Korea.

“If someone had told me last year that North Korea will stop nuclear tests, will stop missile tests and that they will release the remaining American prisoners and that they would be even considering dismantling Nyongbyon, I would have taken that in a heartbeat,” said Joseph Yun, who resigned in March and has since left the U.S. foreign service.

Since Trump and Kim held the first summit between U.S. and North Korean leaders in Singapore in June, Trump has missed no chance to praise “Chairman Kim,” and Kim has expressed “trust and confidence” in the American president he once branded “senile.”

But progress has been slow toward the vague goal they agreed upon — denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which has eluded U.S. presidents for the past quarter-century. The U.S. wants to achieve that by January 2021, when Trump completes his first term in office.

Although Kim won’t be going to New York next week, meetings there could prove critical in deciding whether a second Trump-Kim summit will take place any time soon.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has invited his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho for a meeting in New York, and Trump will be consulting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, fresh from his third summit with Kim this year. It was at that meeting in Pyongyang that the North Korean leader made his tantalizing offers to close key facilities of his weapons programs that have revived prospects for U.S.-North Korea talks.

Yun, who spoke to reporters Friday at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, said the U.S. goal of achieving denuclearization in just two years is unrealistic, but the offer to close Nyongbyon, where the North has plutonium, uranium and nuclear reprocessing facilities, is significant and offers a way forward.

That’s a far cry from last September. After Trump’s thunderous speech, Yun’s first thought was on the need to avoid a war. The president vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its allies against the North’s nukes. “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” the president said.

His blunt talk triggered an extraordinary, almost surreal, exchange of insults. Kim issued a harshly worded statement from Pyongyang, dubbing the thin-skinned Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” A day later, the North’s top diplomat warned it could test explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Tensions have eased hugely since then, and cracks have emerged in the international consensus on pressuring North Korea economically to get it to disarm.

The U.S. accuses Russia of allowing illicit oil sales to North Korea. Trump has also criticized China, which has fraternal ties with the North and is embroiled in a trade war with the U.S., for conducting more trade with its old ally. Sanctions could even become a sore point with South Korea. Moon is eager to restart economic cooperation with North Korea to cement improved relations on the divided peninsula.

All that will increase pressure on Washington to compromise with Pyongyang — providing the incentives Kim seeks, even if the weapons capabilities he’s amassed violate international law. He’s likely eying a declaration on formally ending the Korean War as a marker of reduced U.S. “hostility” and sanctions relief.

That could prove politically unpalatable in Washington just as it looks for Kim to follow through on the denuclearization pledge he made in Singapore.

Frank Aum, a former senior Pentagon adviser on North Korea, warned tensions could spike again if the U.S. does not see progress by year’s end, when the U.S. would typically need to start planning large-scale military drills with South Korea that North Korea views as war preparations. Trump decided to cancel drills this summer as a concession to Kim.

“Things can flip pretty quickly,” Aum said. “We’ve seen it going from bad to good and it could fairly quickly go back to the bad again.”

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Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser’s Senate appearance in limbo

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee grinded into Saturday as Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to his panel and a riveted nation.

Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for the 51-year-old California psychology professor to agree to the latest offer setting terms for her appearance. He’d said if she missed that deadline, he would scrap the hearing and his committee would vote on sending Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate.

Ford’s lawyers asked for another day. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before midnight, Grassley said he was giving them additional time, without specifying how much.

“She shld decide so we can move on. I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” the Iowa senator wrote. Aides did not respond to requests for more information.

Grassley shrugged off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer. “I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor,” he wrote in a separate tweet.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, walks through a tunnel towards the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • In this Sept. 4, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is surrounded by photographers as he stands with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Bourg/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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  • FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

  • U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), speaks to the media on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Portland, Maine. Collins said she’s “appalled” by President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing Christine Blasey, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)

  • President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Grassley set a new deadline for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss them and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ford’s accusations and the tense standoff over the terms of her appearance have left the appellate court judge’s confirmation to the high court in jeopardy. And just seven weeks from an election in which Democrats are hoping to capture control of the House and maybe the Senate, her emergence has also drawn intensified attention to the #MeToo movement’s focus on sexual abuse.

Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied doing this and said he wants to appear before the committee as soon as possible to clear his name.

In backing away from his deadline, Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ford. Moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races in the elections and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated.

In requesting another day to decide, Ford lawyer Debra Katz late Friday called Grassley’s original deadline “arbitrary” and said its “sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family.”

Earlier Friday, Grassley rejected concessions Ford wanted if she is tell her story publicly before the committee.

Grassley turned down Ford’s request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions. The committee’s 11 Republicans — all men — have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ford, mindful of the election-season impression that could be left by men trying to pick apart a woman’s assertion of a sexual attack.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations.

Grassley’s stance reflected a desire by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders to usher the 53-year-old Kavanaugh onto the high court by the Oct. 1 start of its new session and before the November elections, when Democrats are mounting a robust drive to grab congressional control.

Friday was the latest in a string of tumultuous days for Kavanaugh, whose ascension to the Supreme Court seemed a sure bet until Ford emerged last weekend and provided details of the alleged assault.

Earlier, Trump ended a week of constraint and sarcastically assailed Ford, tweeting that if the episode was “as bad as she says,” she or “her loving parents” surely would have reported it to law enforcement.

Trump’s searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

The president’s tweet brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who hasn’t declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark “appalling.”

The Judiciary panel’s top Democrat expressed fury at Grassley’s negotiating position with Ford and maintained Democrats’ effort to build the battle into a larger election-year question about the treatment of women.

“Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee — particularly at a time when she’s receiving death threats — is an extreme abuse of power,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.

Grassley said he’d schedule a hearing for Wednesday, not Thursday, as Ford prefers.

Grassley rebuffed other Ford requests, including calling additional witnesses. Ford wants an appearance by Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was at the high school party and in the room where the incident occurred.

Grassley consented to other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies.

Ford’s request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.

The GOP letter to Ford’s lawyers said Kavanaugh and his family have received death threats, too.

Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who’d voiced concern about Ford’s charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh. But with the slender 51-49 GOP majority and the unpredictability of how Ford and Kavanaugh would come across to millions of American voters should she agree to testify, his approval remains in question.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played verbal hardball of his own, drawing a standing ovation when he assured a gathering of evangelical activists that the conservative Kavanaugh would soon be a justice.

“Keep the faith, don’t get rattled by it,” McConnell said at the Values Voter Summit. “We’re going to plow right through and do our jobs.”

Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker, Ken Thomas, Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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Laguna Beach mansion once asking $65 million sells for $32.7 million

An oceanfront palazzo in Laguna Beach’s secluded Irvine Cove that hit the market five years ago for $65 million sold this month for $32.7 million.

The asking price dropped several times since 2013, and was entered into the Multiple Listing Service on Sept. 12, the day the house sold, at $38.9 million.

The estate, with 17,000 square feet of living space (above, center left), is one of only five homes directly above the sand in the guard-gated community.

Completed in 2010, the main house at 2585 Riviera has towering glass doors and a foyer with terrazzo floors inspired by those at the Getty Villa in Malibu. There are four bedrooms, a wine cellar and tasting room and fireplaces imported from Europe, according to the listing.

A commercial-caliber kitchen boasts expansive Italian Carrara marble counter tops, a Bonnet range suite and banquet dining, plus catering and chef’s quarters.

The master suite women’s closet has an underground level accessible by elevator. Other amenities include a billiards room, a full gym and massage room and two offices.

A swimming pool faces the Pacific Ocean, and the guest house was inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, a noted modernist residence built in Connecticut in 1949. The six-car garage uses a hydraulic lift.

Ronald and Yolanda Loder were the sellers, according to property records. The Loders bought the land from Joan Irvine Smith when she subdivided her 2-acre property into three parcels to sell.

The couple then spent eight years building the home.

The buyer was recorded as Abalone Point LLC, with a post office box in Corona del Mar.

Evan Corkett of Villa Real Estate represented the buyer, who she would only say is from out of state. Rod Daley of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the listing agent.

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OCVarsity Student Sections: Mater Dei’s The Den surges to the top in Week 5

Road Warriors, come out and playyy!

I always love giving some love to those student sections that go on the road to support their team, but would I pick a visiting student section as the Student Section of the Week?

I almost did this week.

The competition was fierce Friday night for the title of OCVarsity Student Section of the Week for Week 5. And it was memorable.

We had a student section unite with the neighboring schools in the district to make one powerful student section.

Kind of like Voltron. Do kids today know what Voltron is?

Let’s check out our finalists from Friday’s games and then crown our champion for this week.

FINALIST #1: DANA HILLS POD SQUAD

The Pod Squad united the neighboring schools in the Dana Point area to form one giant student section. It worked despite the Dolphins’ tough 38-0 loss to Ocean View, but making this student section a team effort with other schools was very impressive. Hats off to the Pod Squad.

FINALIST #2: VILLA PARK BLACK PACK

The Black Pack came so close to a three-peat. But not to worry Black Pack – you have a dynasty in your hands.

The Black Pack took their show on the road to El Toro and didn’t disappoint, although I’m sure it was tough to stay entertained during the Spartans’ dominating 56-6 victory over the Chargers.

The Black Pack is the county leader in travel miles this season, having gone as far as Yucaipa to support their team, and on Friday this student section showed up and took over the city of Lake Forest.

Will the Black Pack win the student section award for a third time this season? I’d put my money on it. (By the way kids, don’t gamble.)

FINALISTS #3: LOS ALAMITOS LOS LOCOS

Los Locos is starting to become the Susan Lucci of this award.

Los Locos is a finalist for the third time this season, but has yet to win. Not to worry, Los Locos, you’ll win this award this season, it’s practically a guarantee.

Los Locos went all the way down to the bottom of South County and basically took over Tesoro’s stadium — and it was Tesoro’s homecoming game.

Los Locos rocked the stadium as road warriors and it might have helped give the Griffins some momentum on the field as they picked up a 35-16 victory.

These guys fit their name, they are crazy!

Man, that poor bus driver.

FINALIST #4: CAPISTRANO VALLEY CAGE

Capo Valley students rock Capo Valley Vans.

Can you name another student section that has its own custom shoes?

And The Cage rocked its own homecoming game Friday as the Cougars rolled to a 35-0 victory over Cypress.

The Cage had the fog machine and the streamers flowing all evening.

The Cage, which started the season off by being our Week Zero champions, kept it loud despite the one-sided game.

Beware of the Cage, they may break out and come after you!

AND THE WINNER IS … MATER DEI DEN

This is a student section that has a hard time matching the football team’s talent on the field.

Normally, the games are so lopsided that it is tough to stay as crazy as you were at kickoff, but The Den rocked it the entire game and was needed to cheer on the Monarchs in their epic victory over IMG Academy of Florida.

It was the type of game you would expect – and want – from two of the best teams in the nation. There was a sold out crowd (over sold out if you ask me) at Santa Ana Stadium and a student section filled up and full of energy.

It was the kind of scene you’d see in a good movie. But Varsity Blues had nothing on this game.

Mater Dei fans cheer with their team leading 28-24 late in the fourth quarter against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

The Den was almost forgotten, but at halftime OCVarsity videographer / legend Jonathan Khamis started a periscope video at halftime with Mr. Steve Fryer and I decided to ask them a question, “How’s the Mater Dei student section?” Both of them lit up and answered in confidence, stating that this was one of the better student sections the Den has had in some time.

Jonathan wasn’t done. He proceeded to show me proof. I was sold.

This was a much better student Mater Dei section than I’ve seen in the last five years.

The student section on Friday rocked it and they had to rock it in a very exciting second half to help the Monarchs win.

A fantastic game, a fantastic victory and a fantastic showing by the student section.

This week’s OCVarsity Student Section of the Week is the Mater Dei Den.

 

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Fryer on football: Great game and a great memory for Mater Dei lineman Myles Murao

  • An overflow crowd at Santa Ana stadium watches the game against IMG Academy from outside the fence along Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer their team as they watch the clock run down with seconds left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mater Dei offensive lineman George Miki-Han, left, offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa, center, and offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, celebrate after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy free safety Briton Allen breaks up a pass intended for Mater Dei wide receiver Kody Epps, top, in the fourth quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, left, beats IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to score a touchdown on a pass play in the second quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back Darion Green, left, motions to the crowd as he celebrates the Monarchs’ win over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa says a little prayer as the game ends with the Monarchs winning 28-24 over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, breaks free from IMG Academy defensive back Jayden Curry, left, as he turns the corner to gain more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy defensive end Nolan Smith, center, jumps on Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, left, to try to stop him in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy running back Trey Sanders, left, pushes Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, away as he muscles more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Sean Dollars motions to the crowd to cheer louder after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, center, jumps over IMG Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to avoid the tackle as he continues gaining yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper lets out a yell as time runs out and the Monarchs beat IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, right, celebrates with teammate Michael Martinez, left, after scoring a touchdown on a pass play against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper finds an open field to gain big yardage against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer with their team leading 28-24 late in the fourth quarter against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, breaks free from IMB Academy defensive back Jayden Curry, left, as he turns the corner to gain more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy quarterback David Baldwin, left, just does get away from Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, center, jumps over IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to avoid the tackle as he continues gaining yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMG Academy quarterback David Baldwin, left, just does get away from Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young dives into the end zone for the touchdown to break the tie and put the Monarchs ahead with only minutes left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, center, looks to celebrate with offensive lineman Myles Murao, left, after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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Myles Murao heard the play called in the huddle.

His reaction …

“Yes!” he said to himself.

Murao is an offensive tackle for Mater Dei. Offensive linemen rarely get so excited over a play call.

But this was a rare play in a rare game.

Murao (6-3, 280) caught a short pass from Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young at the 10-yard line and a few strides later was in the end zone.

That was one of several huge plays for Mater Dei in a 28-24 win over IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., on Friday night. In USA Today’s national rankings IMG is No. 1 and Mater Dei is No. 3. There were too many penalties — 30 between the two of them — but IMG and Mater Dei played like the elite teams they are.

Murao, a junior who has scholarship offers from many top college football programs including Auburn, LSU and Michigan, said Mater Dei offensive coordinator Dave Money introduced the tackle-eligible trick play during the two weeks of practice the Monarchs had to prepare for the IMG game at Santa Ana Stadium.

“We ran it in practice,” said Murao of the third-quarter play. “Same result.”

Mater Dei is not big on trickery. But there was another creative play in the third quarter that yielded a touchdown, a flea-flicker on which Monarchs quarterback Bryce Young handed off to running back Shakobe Harper who pitched the ball to receiver Bru McCoy coming through the Mater Dei backfield, and McCoy then pitched it to Young who heaved a perfect pass to running back Sean Dollars. Dollars, who snuck unnoticed out of the backfield during the pitch outs, caught the ball around the IMG 20-yard line and stepped unencumbered into the end zone.

Mater Dei president Pat Murphy later said he had not seen the Monarchs football team reach into the trick bag since the 1990s.

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson wondered if the Monarchs pulled the trick trigger a tad too soon.

“The worst part,” Rollinson said, “is that midway through the third quarter we were out of trick plays and I was going ‘Oh, no!’ ”

Mater Dei might have been out of trick plays but the Monarchs were not out of great players. Young (309 passing yards and three touchdowns), McCoy and the Monarchs defensive backfield, linebackers, running backs and offensive and defensive linemen were terrific all night.

On Mater Dei’s winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, whenever Young looked to the sideline to get the next play call, Rollinson would make a “keep it going, keep it going” clock-winding motion with his right hand. He saw that IMG was losing energy and his players remained fresh. It was time to keep it brisk.

“I think conditioning was a major factor in this thing,” Rollinson said.

A team has to do the little things right to beat a team like IMG. One of those little things was the ensuing kickoff late in the game, after Young had bolted into the end zone on a short run that put Mater Dei on top 28-24. Nicolas Lopez put the kickoff into the end zone for a touchback, an outcome preferable over giving the IMG Ascenders’ Trey Sanders the chance to return the kick for big yards or perhaps points.

Rollinson’s reaction to the kick that resulted in a touchback with 1:06 remaining …

“Sometimes I’m a weirdo,” he said. “I didn’t even watch it.”

It was a game worth watching.

FLAGS FLY

Mater Dei was penalized 16 times for 155 yards. IMG was assessed 14 penalties for 138 yards.

Both teams committed a couple of personal foul penalties. Two IMG players were ejected.

Yes, there is the “let ‘em play” sentiment. But an official can’t swallow his whistle when holding is right in front of him or there is an obvious offsides infraction.

BEING THERE

IMG-Mater Dei was on local TV, but high school football followers know that being at a big game is rewarding. Santa Ana Stadium was standing-room only for Friday’s game.

Mater Dei is back at Santa Ana Stadium next Friday when the Monarchs play Servite in the Trinity League opener for both. Oddly, it is Servite’s home game at the stadium that has been Mater Dei’s home field for decades. Servite’s athletic administration thought that the rental fee at its usual home field at Cerritos College was excessive so the Friars had to find another site and Santa Ana Stadium turned out to be that site.

QUICK HITS

Mission Viejo beat Orange Lutheran 37-35. The Diablos are 7-1 over the past three seasons against Trinity League teams. Mission Viejo running back Jamari Ferrell was the difference-maker, rushing for 171 yards. …

We’ve got to find a way to get Villa Park’s Zion Alefosio on the All-Orange County team. After getting six tackles and an interception last week in the Spartans’ win over Servite, Alefosio scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams Friday in a win over El Toro. …

Los Alamitos is the favorite to win the Sunset League championship. The Griffins’ 35-16 win Friday over Tesoro, and their earlier win over Long Beach Poly, puts them in the team-to-beat chair in the Sunset League.

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San Juan Hills gets physical in 24-0 road victory over Great Oak

TEMECULA — San Juan Hills’ first half against Great Oak was inconsistent and mistake-filled. Head coach Rob Frith challenged his offensive line in a spirited halftime discussion.

Challenge accepted.

The Stallions got physical in the second half, breaking down the smaller Wolfpack line, and the result was a 24-0 win for the visitors.

Senior running back Chase Monarch carried the ball 20 times for 153 yards and a touchdown while senior fullback Steven Margaretis chipped in with 62 yards on 13 carries and a score as the offensive line took the halftime challenge and ran with it.

“We said we’re done being pretty, we’re done being cute, we’re going to go old school and get after it,” Frith said. “Just win the battle up front. Win the individual battle. Give the running back a crease and let him do his thing.”

While the running game for San Juan Hills (3-3) came alive in the second half, the Stallions defense came to play all night. They held Great Oak (1-4) to 50 yards from scrimmage and only four first downs. It’s hard to move the ball when you’ve started five different offensive lines in five games as the Wolfpack has done.

“We have some young guys who are playing hard and some seniors who have stepped up their leadership,” Great Oak head coach Robbie Robinson said. “We’re a work in progress. Hopefully this got us ready for league next week.”

Junior running back James Mullen II carried the load offensively for the Wolfpack as he turned 13 carries into 48 yards.

Perhaps the Stallions’ most impressive drive didn’t even net points. Pinned at their own 4-yard line in their first drive of the second half, they ran off a 15-play drive that ended on Great Oak’s 2-yard line. Monarch ran eight times for 74 yards on the drive.

“That’s all integrity,” Monarch said. “We wanted it more than they wanted it and it showed. This game we went 100 percent and realized our full potential.”

That drive stalled but it quickly turned into a safety as the ball was snapped over the Great Oak punter’s head four plays later.

“We realized we were tiring them out,” Margaretis said. “We just needed to pull it together and close it out and we did that.”

The visitors closed out the scoring when Jake Hall intercepted Gavin Vida’s pass and returned it 37 yards for a pick six on a 4th-and 4 play.

The Wolfpack defense did its part to stay in the game as Evan Etheridge and Daniel Ganino (sack) recorded key interceptions to halt San Juan Hills drives. Senior linebacker Preston Toner chipped in with four tackles for loss.

“Our defense is playing great,” Robinson said. “We were just on the field for too long. When you’re undersized like we were against them, you’re on the field for probably 80-90 plays and you wear down.”

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Villa Park football rolls to resounding victory over El Toro

  • Villa Park wide receiver Zion Alefosio, right, and saftey Kumasi Jabulani, left, celebrate a touchdown against El Toro in the first quarter with a flying chest bump in a nonleague football game at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro wide receiver Jake Landry hauls in a pass against Villa Park safety Zion Alefosio in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Villa Park tight end Zeus Alefosio, right, hauls in a long pass for a touchdown against El Toro linebacker Zach Raigosa in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Paul Piferi is brought down after a gain by El ToroÕs Adam Ciampa in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro runningback Camrin Hamilton is brought down by a Villa Park defender in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro quarterback Austin Stover is sacked by Villa Park tackle Justin Gonzalez in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro runningback Camrin Hamilton makes a big gain against Villa Park in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro quarterback Austin Stover cranks back to throw a pass against Villa Park in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro running back Camrin Hamilton is brought down by a Villa Park defender in a nonleague football game at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro running back Camrin Hamilton has the ball stripped from him by Villa Park linebacker Cody Wright in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park runningback Jared Johnson is brought down by El Toro defenders in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park linebacker Cody Wright blocks a pass back into El Toro quarterback Austin Stover in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Villa Park team runs onto the field to start a non-league game against El Toro at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Villa Park fan holds a sign in the stands during a nonleague football game against El Toro at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The brass section of the El Toro band plays at the top of the stadium during a nonleague football game against Villa Park at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Villa Park fan holds a giant face cutout in the stands during a nonleague football game against El Toro at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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LAKE FOREST – The nonleague football game Friday between Villa Park and El Toro was touted to be one of the better matchups of Week 5.

Villa Park had other ideas.

The Spartans delivered a series of early blows, turned the game into a rout by halftime and cruised to a 56-6 victory.

Quarterback Paul Piferi completed 11 of 18 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns and the sat out during the second half.

Zion Alefosio scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams and receiver Dylan Bonilla had four receptions for 160 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record for receiving yards.

The Spartans (4-1) came up with five interceptions and their defensive line was in El Toro’s backfield all night.

Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, one by Alefosio and the other by Daniel Asiata.

With a 28-14 victory over Servite in Week 4, the No. 7 Spartans have back-to-back victories over a pair of quality teams.

“We had a really good week in practice and just came in here and did what we were supposed to do,” Bonilla said. “Our biggest thing is consistency, just playing as a team and playing as one. We preach brotherhood.”

The No. 20 Chargers (4-2) received the opening kickoff and on the third play from scrimmage, Alefosio intercepted an Austin Stover pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Piferi threw a 26 yard touchdown pass to Bonilla on the Spartans next possession and then a 39-yard scoring pass to Alefosio to give the Spartans a 21-0 lead after the firsts quarter.

Alefosio returned an interception 34 yards for his third touchdown, making the score 28-0 early in the second quarter.

“We had some quick strikes which really pumped up our guys right away and I think kind of rattled them early,” “The coverage they played against our offense really opened a lot of big plays which we were fortunate to capitalize on. I was proud of our guys for kind of thinking out there on the field and recognizing advantages we had.”

El Toro’s leading rusher Cameron Hamilton tackled for a loss on 10 of 12 carries, a testimony to the play of Villa Park’s defensive line.

Villa Park plays its final nonleague game next week against Foothill and El Toro opens their South Coast League schedule against Mission Viejo.

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Mater Dei uses grit and tricks to defeat national football No. 1 IMG Academy

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, right, celebrates with teammate Michael Martinez, left, after scoring a touchdown on a pass play against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Sean Dollars motions to the crowd to cheer louder after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper finds an open field to gain big yardage against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy quarterback David Baldwin, right, almost loses the ball as he tries to dive ahead for more yardage and Mater Dei linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu, left, pulling him down in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, breaks free from IMB Academy defensive back Jayden Curry, left, as he turns the corner to gain more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back Darion Green, left, motions to the crowd as he celebrates the Monarchs’ win over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young dives into the end zone for the touchdown to break the tie and put the Monarchs ahead with only minutes left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • An overflow crowd at Santa Ana stadium watches the game against IMG Academy from outside the fence along Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, left, beats IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to score a touchdown on a pass play in the second quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman George Miki-Han, left, offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa, center, and offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, celebrate after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, center, jumps over IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to avoid the tackle as he continues gaining yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer their team as they watch the clock run down with seconds left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Dean Neeley, right, stops IMB Academy running back Trey Sanders in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper lets out a yell as time runs out and the Monarchs beat IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back William Nimmo Jr. indicates the number one sign as the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa says a little prayer as the game ends with the Monarchs winning 28-24 over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer with their team leading 28-24 late in the fourth quarter against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young begins his celebration as the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy running back Trey Sanders, left, pushes Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, away as he muscles more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, left, beats IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to score a touchdown on a pass play in the second quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Myles Murao runs into the end zone all alone to score a touchdown against IMG Academy in the third quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy quarterback David Baldwin, left, just does get away from Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy defensive end Nolan Smith, center, jumps on Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, left, to try to stop him in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy tackle Warren Brinson is ejected from the game against Mater Dei in the third quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, center, looks to celebrate with offensive lineman Myles Murao, left, after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • A teammate tries to calm quarterback David Baldwin, left, after IMG Academy lost possession of the ball against Mater Dei in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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SANTA ANA – Mater Dei entered its national showdown against IMG Academy of Florida seeking West Coast bragging rights and an identity to carry into the upcoming Trinity League.

The Monarchs found both Friday, plus two trick plays for Mater Dei lore.

Quarterback Bryce Young led a thrilling seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter – capped by his 6-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left – to lift Mater Dei to a 28-24 victory against the top-ranked team in the nation.

Before an overflow crowd of 10,000 at Santa Ana Stadium, the Monarchs (4-1) then forced IMG Academy to turn over the ball on downs on its 27 in the closing seconds, snapping the Ascenders’ 39-game winning streak.

IMG Academy started its final drive at its 20 with two timeouts but didn’t earn a first down and ended the possession with three consecutive incomplete passes.

Mater Dei, the reigning national champion and ranked third in the nation, ran out the final 21 seconds and took pride in defeating the East Coast power in the teams’ first and likely last meeting.

The Monarchs also gained confidence in knocking off a physically imposing team. IMG (3-1) rushed for 320 yards.

“There’s not a dude (on our team) that steps on the field that will ever put their head down in any situation,” Mater Dei wide receiver/defensive end Bru McCoy said. “This is the last time we’re ever going to play (IMG Academy). … We held it down, and they know. The West Coast is the best coast.”

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson called IMG a “(heck) of a good looking team” but said the Monarchs’ resolve and conditioning were the difference.

“We played 48 minutes. We never got down,” he said. “I think conditioning had a major factor in this thing. We just kept beating on them and beating on them. This is a (heck) of a win for us.”

Young was at his best on the Monarchs’ final drive, completing 6 of 6 passes on the 75-yard march.

Starting at his 25 with 3:27 left, he first completed a 16-yard pass to Shakobe Harper and then a 5-yarder to McCoy. Young then stood in the pocket against pressure and scrambled a bit before a 7-yard connection to Sean Dollars moved the ball to the IMG 47.

Harper then collected another short pass and juked a defender to reach the IMG 32. With 1:39 left, Young found Cameron Gardner at the 19. Seconds later, he hit McCoy on a back-shoulder fade for a gain to the 6, setting the stage for the winning TD.

Scot Prohaska, director of performance for Mater Dei’s football team, said the Monarchs’ unity showed Friday, and that was never more clear than on the winning drive.

“Those were grown men over there,” Prohaska said of IMG. “The size and structure of those kids were unbelievable. But what they didn’t anticipate with us is the fight we have because we got love for each other, we got love for the program, we got have love for the coaches and we got trust. We trust each other.”

IMG Academy took a 24-21 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Cameron Gillis with 3:27 left in the fourth quarter, capping a grinding, 10-play, 44-yard drive.

Mater Dei found its spark early in the second half thanks to a reverse, flea flicker to take its first lead and open a wildly-entertaining third quarter.

After the Monarchs forced a punt from the IMG Academy 3, Mater Dei struck on the next play. Young handed off to Harper, who pitched to McCoy, who tossed backed to Young. The USC-committed quarterback threw to Dollars racing down field for a 44-yard touchdown.

The Monarchs took a 12-7 lead on the strike and extended it to 14-7 on Young’s pass to tight end Mike Martinez on a trick 2-point conversion.

IMG Academy soon responded with a burst of speed. Two series later, running back Trey Sanders, a one-time Alabama commit, broke an 86-yard touchdown run with 8:07 left in the third, tying the score at 14.

The Monarchs used a long kickoff return and another trick play to regain the lead.

Freshman Josh Hunter returned the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the IMG Academy 43. A few plays later, including the second player ejection of an IMG player, Young tossed a 12-yard touchdown to left tackle Myles Murao.

The All-County lineman was left alone in the flat and scored untouched as Mater Dei took a short-lived 21-14 lead in the middle of the third.

IMG Academy’s offense stayed hot, driving 80 yards for a spectacular, 22-yard touchdown catch by leaping Michael Redding in the corner of the end zone. The strike thrown by former Upland quarterback David Baldwin helped the Ascenders tie the score 21-21.

The explosive third quarter was a striking contrast to first half.

IMG Academy broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by bruising running back Noah Caine. The senior capped a 10-play, 59-yard drive that lasted 3:01.

Mater Dei responded on its next possession, swiftly driving for a 21-yard touchdown reception by McCoy from Young on a fade route with 8:56 left in the half.

McCoy and Young connected for 25 yards on a slant on the play before the touchdown. IMG Academy’s Warren Brinson blocked the extra point, which kept the Ascenders in the lead at 7-6.

Mater Dei’s kicking game also struggled on its opening series, missing a 42-yard field that loomed large as the teams played into the fourth quarter tied at 21-21.

Both teams’ struggles with penalties surfaced in the first half, which ended with IMG leading 7-6.

Mater Dei had 10 penalties for 87 yards while IMG had nine for 110 yards.

Caine set a physical tone for IMG Academy by gaining first downs on four consecutive plays, including three runs, on the Ascenders’ promising first possession.

Mater Dei’s defense, however, forced IMG to turn the ball over on downs as Sefita Tupe grabbed Caine for a short gain to the Mater Dei 20.

Next week, Mater Dei opens the Trinity League against Servite at Santa Ana Stadium.

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San Marino football and Newport Harbor play to a tie

SAN MARINO >> After Newport Harbor sophomore running back Justin McCoy scored a tying touchdown on a 20-yard run with less than a minute remaining, there was no question what San Marino coach Mike Hobbie wanted if regulation ended in a 20-20 tie.

Overtime or no overtime?

The answer was pretty easy to figure out, considering that the Titans were already without starting quarterback Kade Wentz and running back Beau Hobbie and lost a couple starters on the offensive line against the visiting Sailors.

“We (had) already lost two lineman here in the fourth quarter, our left guard and left tackle,” Hobbie said. “We didn’t have anybody else to play. How many (players) do they got, a hundred? We top at 1100 (students). We don’t get transfers.”

Hobbie made it clear that if the game was tied after regulation ended, he did not want to play in overtime and risk another injury.

“We had a new center in there tonight, too,” Hobbie said. “Our center is out with an MCL sprain and two of our defensive backs (Keaton Heimerl and Steven Barraza) are out, too.”

On the other hand, Newport Harbor coach Peter Lofthouse said he informed the officials that he did want to extend the game and play a overtime period.

“I assumed there would be,” Lofthouse said. “I’m a competitor and I want to play no matter what. I don’t like ending in ties but it is what is.”

While San Marino (4-1-1) was shorthanded coming into Friday night’s contest and lost some more throughout, junior quarterback Connor Short’s pair of passing touchdowns and one on the ground was enough to give the Titans a late lead.

However, thanks to McCoy’s late score, which was his third rushing against San Marino, the Sailors were able to escape a second loss of the season and head into Sunset League play with a 3-1-1 overall record.

On the scoring play, Newport Harbor faced a third down from the Titans’ 20-yard line. With San Marino playing prevent defense, Lofthouse called for a handoff to McCoy and it worked to perfection.

“The running box looked soft and last week against Santa Monica we ran a similar play and we were able to pop it off for a run,” Lofthouse said. “Inside the box (against San Marino) was soft and sure enough we were able to take advantage.”

“The kids have been resilient all year, playing in some tough situations.

San Marino got on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard touchdown run by Short, following a 51-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Wicke.

While the Titans didn’t score again until the second half, Short showed he was able to move the ball with his arm too. He threw for a pair of touchdowns, one to senior Jacob Leftwitch for 24 yards, the second a 67-yard quick pass to Sean Washington.

“I thought he did an excellent job. It was his first start at quarterback ever, and I think he did an excellent job of bringing us from behind and getting two touchdowns up,” Hobbie said. “I was really pleased with how he handled himself.”

Newport Harbor led 13-7 at halftime and struggled to get anything going in the second half until its final possession of the game, which ended in McCoy’s score.

McCoy finished with 98 yards on 20 carries, and quarterback Cole Lavin had 189 yards passing.

For San Marino, Short finished with 225 passing yards and 58 yards rushing.

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OCVarsity Photos: See the action, drama from Friday’s high school football games

See all of the Register’s photos of the great plays and memorable moments from the high school football games in Orange County on Friday night, including the showdown between national powerhouses Mater Dei and IMG Academy.

And go to the OCVarsity pages to see all of the Register’s coverage – stories, scores, video and more.

  • Tesoro students dance on the field during a Homecoming halftime show on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Sean Dollars motions to the crowd to cheer louder after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Villa Park tight end Zeus Alefosio, right, hauls in a long pass for a touchdown against El Toro linebacker Zach Raigosa in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro students dance on the field during a Homecoming halftime show on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley takes to the field against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo defenders try to stop Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Jack Haley can’t hold on to a pass in the endzone against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Zion Alefosio, right, and saftey Kumasi Jabulani, left, celebrate a touchdown against El Toro in the first quarter with a flying chest bump in a nonleague football game at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cassie Dulla is congratulated after being named Capistrano Valley Homecoming Queen during a game against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Jamari Ferrell, left, sprints to score a touchdown past Orange Lutheran’s KJ Trujillo during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, right, celebrates with teammate Michael Martinez, left, after scoring a touchdown on a pass play against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo fans raise their hands as the team kicks off during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, right, breaks free from IMB Academy defensive back Jayden Curry, left, as he turns the corner to gain more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro’s Cameron Lambi shakes off a defender while carrying the ball during a nonleague home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Cooper Vander Hill, left, scores a touchdown past Mission Viejo defenders during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s De”Andre LeNard celebrates a touchdown against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley cheerleaders during a game against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Ryan Hilinski, left, throws a pass during a nonleague game against Mission Viejo at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back Darion Green, left, motions to the crowd as he celebrates the Monarchs’ win over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Jack Haley celebrates a touchdown against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley fans during a game against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos’ Kenui Huey carries the ball for a 30-yeard touchdown run during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Jamari Ferrell, left, and Akili Arnold, second from left, celebrate Ferrell’s touchdown during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro quarterback Austin Stover is sacked by Villa Park tackle Justin Gonzalez in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos’ Oscar Brown V carries the ball during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, center, jumps over IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to avoid the tackle as he continues gaining yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro receiver Ryan Romero makes a diving catch during Friday’s nonleague game against Los Alamitos on September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park runningback Jared Johnson is brought down by El Toro defenders in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo Jamari Ferrell, right, sprints past Orange Lutheran’s DeShawn Craig during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley cheerleaders perform during a game against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos receiver Kenui Huey makes a catch during a game at Tesoro High School on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Paul Piferi is brought down after a gain by El ToroÕs Adam Ciampa in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro students cheer on the Titans during a nonleague home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy quarterback David Baldwin, left, just does get away from Mater Dei linebacker Bru McCoy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro quarterback Sean Lindgren throws the ball during a nonleague game against Los Alamitos on Friday night, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos quarterback Cade McConnell throws the ball during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Deavyn Woullard, center, catches a pass over Orange Lutheran defenders during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro running back Camrin Hamilton has the ball stripped from him by Villa Park linebacker Cody Wright in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer their team as they watch the clock run down with seconds left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy, left, beats IMB Academy cornerback DJ Turner II to score a touchdown on a pass play in the second quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro runningback Camrin Hamilton makes a big gain against Villa Park in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper lets out a yell as time runs out and the Monarchs beat IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro’s Kyle Schaefers shakes off a defender while carrying the ball in a nonleague game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Mavin Anderson, top left, celebrates his touchdown with Akili Arnold during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro receiver Justin Schafer makes a leaping catch during a nonleague home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Jack Haley scores a touchdown against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Josiah Hawkins, left, and Kyle Ford, second from left, celebrate Ford’s touchdown during a nonleague game against Mission Viejo at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Myles Murao runs into the end zone all alone to score a touchdown against IMG Academy in the third quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro runningback Camrin Hamilton is brought down by a Villa Park defender in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy free safety Briton Allen breaks up a pass intended for Mater Dei wide receiver Kody Epps, top, in the fourth quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’ student cheering section celebrates the 41 points scored during the first half against Trabuco Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Blake Morgan scores a touchdown against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro students dance on the field during a Homecoming halftime show on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Villa Park fan holds a sign in the stands during a nonleague football game against El Toro at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Akili Arnold, right, sprints past Orange Lutheran’s Jackson Cloyd during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper finds an open field to gain big yardage against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young begins his celebration as the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro High School students Kate Constant and Sean Kay, left, are announced as the Homecoming King and Queen during a halftime show at Friday’s football game on September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro students dance on the field during a Homecoming halftime show on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Blake Morgan (5) celebrates a touchdown with Drew Donovan (1) against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • An overflow crowd at Santa Ana stadium watches the game against IMG Academy from outside the fence along Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei linebacker Dean Neeley, right, stops IMB Academy running back Trey Sanders in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei defensive back William Nimmo Jr. indicates the number one sign as the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Josh Chervenka pulls down Cypress’ Aaron Bojorquez after catching a pass in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro coach Glen Campbell carries injured player Tim Howorth off the field during a home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Juan Carlos Saldivar tackles Cypress’ Noah Carter in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, center, looks to celebrate with offensive lineman Myles Murao, left, after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Villa Park fan holds a giant face cutout in the stands during a nonleague football game against El Toro at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Capistrano Valley Cougar is caught in a bit of a smokey haze during a game against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos students hold up cell phone flashlights while cheering on the Griffins during a game at Tesoro High School on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman George Miki-Han, left, offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa, center, and offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, celebrate after the Monarchs upset IMG Academy 28-24 in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro running back Camrin Hamilton is brought down by a Villa Park defender in a nonleague football game at El Toro High. in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy quarterback David Baldwin, right, almost loses the ball as he tries to dive ahead for more yardage and Mater Dei linebacker Jacobah Fuamatu, left, pulling him down in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Jake Meyer scores a touchdown against Cypress in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’ celebrates another score against Trabuco Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Kamuta Levasa says a little prayer as the game ends with the Monarchs winning 28-24 over IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Trabuco Hills cheerleaders warm-up before the game between Trabuco Hills and Sunny Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ Isaac Hurtado gains some yardage against Capistrano Valley in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Drew Donovan is tackled by Cypress’ Harvie Grijalva in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy running back Trey Sanders, left, pushes Mater Dei offensive lineman Tautai Marks, right, away as he muscles more yardage in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Capistrano Valley’s Dylan Flynn is tackled by a Cypress defender in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Villa Park team runs onto the field to start a non-league game against El Toro at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress QB Garet Crenshaw throws under pressure against Capistrano Valley in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’ Luke Duxbury looks to pass during the game against Trabuco Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young dives into the end zone for the touchdown to break the tie and put the Monarchs ahead with only minutes left in the game against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park linebacker Cody Wright blocks a pass back into El Toro quarterback Austin Stover in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress cheerleaders perform during a game against Capistrano Valley in a nonleague football game at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy defensive end Nolan Smith, center, jumps on Mater Dei running back Shakobe Harper, left, to try to stop him in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro quarterback Sean Lindgren carries the ball during a quarterback keeper play in Friday’s game against Los Alamitos on September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos running back Jaiden Mitchell carries the ball during a nonleague game at Tesoro High School on Friday night, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro quarterback Austin Stover cranks back to throw a pass against Villa Park in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • IMB Academy tackle Warren Brinson is ejected from the game against Mater Dei in the third quarter in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • El Toro wide receiver Jake Landry hauls in a pass against Villa Park safety Zion Alefosio in a nonleague football game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos Zack Wagoner carries the ball for a 70-yard touchdown run during a nonleague game at Tesoro High School on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress coach Rick Feldman in a nonleague football game against Capistrano Valley at Capistrano Valley High Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’, Jun Ahn, left, gets by Trabuco Hills’, Michael Cox, right, during their non-league game at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mater Dei fans cheer with their team leading 28-24 late in the fourth quarter against IMG Academy in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Trabuco Hills’ JC Montgomery looks for the open hole during his team’s game against Sunny Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’ Wilson Cal , front, turns up field to beat Trabuco Hills’ Niko Tyrovolas, behind, during their game at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’, Nathan Maia, right, brings down Trabuco Hills’, Josh Lupica, left, during the first half of their game at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The brass section of the El Toro band plays at the top of the stadium during a nonleague football game against Villa Park at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Trabuco Hills’, Josh Lupica, center, sprints through an opening in the Sunny Hills’ defense at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’, Jun Ahn, gains some hard fought yardage during the first half against Trabuco Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills’, Railan Peace, left, is face-masked by Trabuco Hills’, Mason McDonough, right, during their game at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Trabuco Hills cheerleaders practice before the start of the game between Trabuco Hills and Sunny Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sunny Hills, David Hawkins, warms-up before the start of the game between Trabuco Hills and Sunny Hills at Spaulding Field at Buena Park High on Friday Sept 21, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • A teammate tries to calm quarterback David Baldwin, left, after IMG Academy lost possession of the ball against Mater Dei in Santa Ana on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro students dance on the field during a Homecoming halftime show on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos wide receiver Demario King carries the ball after a catch during Friday’s nonleague game at Tesoro High School on September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro quarterback Sean Lindgren gets hammered as he throws the ball, earning a roughing the passer call, during a game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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Mission Viejo football pulls out victory in thrilling clash with Orange Lutheran

  • Mission Viejo’s Mavin Anderson, top left, celebrates his touchdown with Akili Arnold during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo defenders try to stop Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mission Viejo’s Deavyn Woullard, center, catches a pass over Orange Lutheran defenders during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Jamari Ferrell, left, sprints to score a touchdown past Orange Lutheran’s KJ Trujillo during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Josiah Hawkins, left, and Kyle Ford, second from left, celebrate Ford’s touchdown during a nonleague game against Mission Viejo at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Ryan Hilinski, left, throws a pass during a nonleague game against Mission Viejo at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo Jamari Ferrell, right, sprints past Orange Lutheran’s DeShawn Craig during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran’s Cooper Vander Hill, left, scores a touchdown past Mission Viejo defenders during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Jamari Ferrell, left, and Akili Arnold, second from left, celebrate Ferrell’s touchdown during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo’s Akili Arnold, right, sprints past Orange Lutheran’s Jackson Cloyd during a nonleague game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Mission Viejo fans raise their hands as the team kicks off during a nonleague game against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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COSTA MESA – Akili Arnold, Jamari Ferrell, and JoJo Forest made sure a slow start for Mission Viejo on Friday night didn’t end well for Orange Lutheran.

Ferrell got the No. 3 Diablos back in the game on the ground, Arnold helped give them their first lead on special teams and Forest stonewalled his former team on defense, adding up to a 37-35 victory over the No. 4 Lancers at Orange Coast College.

The Lancers (3-2) missed a 30-yard field goal as time expired.

The Diablos (6-0) trailed 21-17 at the half and opened the third quarter with a long drive that put them inside the Orange Lutheran 5-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, Orange Lutheran outside linebacker Jackson Cloyd intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown for a 28-17 lead.

Arnold didn’t give the Lancers long to celebrate, returning the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Mission Viejo then forced Orange Lutheran to punt and Arnold returned the kick 72 yards to the Lancers 2, setting up a touchdown run for Ferrell and Mission Viejo’s first lead at 31-28 with 5:06 left in the third quarter.

Ferrell rushed for 171 yards on 28 carries.

Forest came up with the second of his two second-half interceptions with 7:51 left in the game, and Mission Viejo quickly capitalized, as Joey Yellen hit Arnold on a 53-yard touchdown pass for a 37-28 lead.

The Lancers were able to pull within two on 23-yard touchdown run by Cooper Vander Hill

Orange Lutheran surged to a 14-0 lead while holding the Diablos without a first down on their first two drives.

The Diablos began to move the ball on their third drive, predominantly behind Ferrell, but three straight incomplete passes forced Mission Viejo to kick a 30-yard field goal.

Ferrell continued to pick up large chunks on the ground and his 30-yard touchdown run with 5:54 left in the first half cut the deficit to 14-10.

Orange Lutheran wide receiver Kyle Ford then made his presence known, making a one-hand catch as he raced down the sideline for a 41-yard gain. Two plays later, Hilinski found Ford open behind the secondary again for a 39-yard touchdown that stretched the lead to 21-10.

Yellen found Mavin Anderson on a 33-yard touchdown to trim the lead back to 21-17 with 2:29 left in the first half.

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Los Alamitos football dominates with defense as it knocks off Tesoro

  • Los Alamitos’ Oscar Brown V carries the ball during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos’ Kenui Huey carries the ball for a 30-yeard touchdown run during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Tesoro’s Cameron Lambi shakes off a defender while carrying the ball during a nonleague home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos quarterback Cade McConnell throws the ball during a nonleague game against Tesoro on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos receiver Kenui Huey makes a catch during a game at Tesoro High School on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos Zack Wagoner carries the ball for a 70-yard touchdown run during a nonleague game at Tesoro High School on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro receiver Justin Schafer makes a leaping catch during a nonleague home game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro quarterback Sean Lindgren throws the ball during a nonleague game against Los Alamitos on Friday night, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro receiver Ryan Romero makes a diving catch during Friday’s nonleague game against Los Alamitos on September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tesoro’s Kyle Schaefers shakes off a defender while carrying the ball in a nonleague game against Los Alamitos on Friday, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Alamitos running back Jaiden Mitchell carries the ball during a nonleague game at Tesoro High School on Friday night, September 21, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Sometimes football games are simple to analyze. The team that wins the turnover battle often wins the game.

That was the case Friday when No. 5 Los Alamitos forced six turnovers in a 35-16 win over No. 12 Tesoro in a nonleague game at Tesoro High.

Los Alamitos defenders John Newman and Nicholas Valenzuela each returned interceptions for touchdowns of 70 and 30 yards, respectively. The Griffins had five interceptions and a fumble recovery.

“You can’t beat anybody with six turnovers, especially a good team like Los Alamitos,” Tesoro coach Matt Poston said. “We have to get that figured out because we were gross, for lack of a better term.”

The Griffins’ front seven gave Tesoro problems as well. The defensive line led by Michael Reddy and Giovanni De Leon had five sacks and only allowed 49 yards rushing.

Los Alamitos (4-1) got its passing game going early in the game. Griffins junior quarterback Cade McConnell threw for 238 yards with three touchdowns.

“He missed last year to due to an injury and varsity games are much faster than freshman games,” Los Alamitos coach Ray Fenton said. “For him to come out and get better every week is impressive.”

On Los Alamitos’ second possession of the game, McConnell threw a tunnel screen to Kenui Huey who ran the ball 41 yards for a touchdown to give the Griffins a 7-0 lead.

After a fumble recovery by De Leon, McConnell threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Zack Wagoner to put the Griffins ahead 14-0.

Tesoro (4-2) rotated between quarterbacks Kyle Looft and Sean Lindgren. Lindgren threw Tesoro’s lone touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yard pass to Daevon Wiegert to cut Tesoro’s deficit to 14-6.

Lindgren completed 9 of 23 passes for 108 yards and Looft completed 9 of 17 passes for 109 yards.

Titans kicker Jacob Rizkallah kicked a 44-yard field goal before halftime to cut the Griffins’ lead to 5.

McConnell and Wagoner connected for another touchdown pass to give the Griffins a 21-9 lead. The two interception returns put the game out of reach for Tesoro.

Los Alamitos has won four consecutive games and will open Sunset League play against Fountain Valley next week.

“We had a rough preseason schedule,” Fenton said. “We always felt that if we could get out of that schedule healthy, we would be ready for the Sunset League.”

Tesoro has lost two consecutive games and will host San Clemente next week in both teams’ South Coast League opener.

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Orange County football scores and stats for Friday (9-21-18)

Scores and stats for the Orange County football games on Friday, Sept. 21.

FOOTBALL

O.C. SUMMARIES

Mater Dei 28, IMG Academy 24

IMG Academy    0   7  14   3  – 24

Mater Dei           0   6  15   7  – 28

Passing: Baldwin (IMG) 10-19-100, 1 TD. Young (MD) 21-30-309, 3 TD.

Rushing: IMG – Sanders, 15-181, 1 TD, Caine, 25-130, 1 TD. MD – Harper, 10-58, Young, 7-12.

Receiving: IMG — Redding 2-32, 1 TD, Caine 2-21, Delgado, 2-16. MD —  McCoy, 9-125, Harper, 6-90. Dollars, 2-51, 1 TD.

Mission Viejo 37, Orange Lutheran 35

Mission Viejo          0     17    14    6     –   37

Orange Lutheran   14     7      7     7     –   35

Passing: Yellen (Mission Viejo) 23-38, 274, 2 TDs. Hilinski (OL) 21-40, 216, 2 TDs.

Rushing: Mission Viejo – Ferrell 28-171, Burns 1-21. OL: Vander Hill 10-74, Amasio 10-12.

Receiving: Mission Viejo – Arnold 5-97, Forest 5-59. OL: Hawkins 9-78, Ford 4-98.

Los Alamitos 35, Tesoro 16

Los Alamitos   7   7   14   7  – 35

Tesoro             0   9     7   0  – 16

Passing: McConnell (LosAL) 14-24, 238 yards, 3TD. Looft (Tes) 9-17, 109 yards. Lindgren (Tes) 9-23, 108 yards, TD.

Rushing: Los Al – Brown 10-65, Norman 12-15, Mitchell 7-9. Tes – Gonzalez 9-27 TD, Lambi 2-20.

Receiving: Los Al – Wagoner 4-123 2TD, Huey 2-58 TD, King 5-27, La Crosse 2-23. Tes – Schafer 5-78, Wiegert 6-69 TD, Romero 4-58

Sunny Hills 61, Trabuco Hills 38

Trabuco Hills  0   10    7   21- 38

Sunny Hills   14   27  14   6 – 61

Passing: Duxbury (SH) 13-16, 212, 2 TDs. Murphy 11-18, 116,

Rushing: SH- Ahn 17-161, Harris 9-66, Robinson 1-40. TH-Montgomery 11-59, Herr 7-45.

Receiving: SH- Medina 3-85, Cal 4-59, Peace 3-35. TH-Herr 2-73, Lupica 4-44, Montgomery 3-43.

Orange 52, Irvine 15

Orange     16   9   14   13 – 52

Irvine         0    7    8     0 – 15

Passing: Pedroza (Orange) 7-10, 76. Filia. (Irvine) 13-24, 146, 1 TD

Rushing: Orange – Pedroza 20-175, Moses 11-76, Rivera 9-57. Irvine – Filia 6-57, Rush 2-10, Ellis 7-7.

Receiving: Orange – Estrada 2-33 , Andrade 2-28, Orendain 1-11. Irvine – Sears 5-47, Haley 3-29, Tanikawa 2-27.

Villa Park 56, El Toro 6

Villa Park    21   28  7   0   —  56

El Toro        0     0    0   6   —   6

Passing – Piferi (VP)12-18-233, 4 TDs, Pineda (VP) 3-7-50.

Rushing – VP: Hakai 7-53, Chavarria  8-41. ET: Hamilton (-) 14, Stover (-) 3.

Receiving – VP: Bonilla 4-106, Alefosio 1-39 1TD. ET: Landry 4-133, Hamilton 2-29

CIF-SS

NONLEAGUE

Mater Dei 28, IMG Academy 24

Mission Viejo 37, Orange Lutheran 35

Aliso Niguel 37, Sonora 20

St. Margaret’s 42, Bishop Diego 15

Ayala 34, Brea Olinda 7

Capistrano Valley Christian 49, Keppel 30

Capistrano Valley 35, Cypress 0

El Modena 24, Marina 13

Beckman 24, Esperanza 0

Canyon 14, Foothill 0

Yorba Linda 31, La Mirada 7

Villa Park 56, El Toro 6

Sunny Hills 61, Trabuco Hills 38

Troy 15, Don Lugo 14

Saddleback Valley Christian 26, Duarte 0

San Juan Hills 24, Great Oak 0

Bishop Montgomery 61, Calvary Chapel/SA 33

Santa Monica 55, Godinez 6

Artesia 46, El Dorado 26

Segerstrom 64, University 20

Laguna Beach 41, Estancia 19

Bellflower 53, Laguna Hills 7

Loara 42, Bassett 19

Los Alamitos 35, Tesoro 16

Garden Grove 54, Los Amigos 7

Newport Harbor 20, San Marino 20 (tie)

Ocean View 38, Dana Hills 0

Orange 52, Irvine 15

La Quinta/W 28, Century 27

Agoura 41, St. Anthony 25

Ontario 33, Azusa 22

Beverly Hills vs. Firebaugh

Bosco Tech 28, Riverside Prep 22

Brentwood 42, Maranatha 9

Valencia 22, Calabasas 21

Serra 21, Cathedral 19

Chaffey at Barstow

Hesperia 38, Chino 13

Citrus Valley 28, Grand Terrace 21

Redlands East Valley 48, Colony 14

Bonita 40, Covina 33

Dominguez 48, Centennial 0

El Rancho 63, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 0

El Segundo 42, South Torrance 0

Glenn 51, Hawthorne 50

Grace Brethren 24, Westlake 6

Hart 38, Ventura 7

Heritage 41, Cajon 36

Patriot 44, Jurupa Hills 21

La Quinta/LQ 47, Lakeside 6

Valley Christian 38, La Salle 2

La Sierra 21, Perris 14

Santa Fe 7, Leuzinger 6

Vista Murrieta 8, Loyola 0

Village Christian 27, Mary Star of the Sea 8

Mayfair 35, Gahr 22

Claremont 32, Montclair 31

Palos Verdes 42, Newbury Park 0

Norte Vista 56, Norwalk 0

Pacifica/O 30, Thousand Oaks 22

Murrieta Mesa 33, Redlands 22

Rim of the World vs. Arrowhead Christian

Citrus Hill 49, Poly/Riverside 7

Rowland 27, Nogales 7

Canyon/CC 48, Royal 21

Garey 34, Sierra Vista 7

Moorpark 59, Simi Valley 21

South Hills 50, Mira Costa 20

Ganesha 62, Southlands Christian 0

St. Bernard 28, Torrance 7

St. Francis 48, Harvard-Westlake 27

Paloma Valley 48, Temecula Valley 21

Rancho Cucamonga 54, Victor Valley 6

Warren 47, La Serna 46

Webb 47, Vasquez 46

Redondo 31, West Torrance 13

Yucaipa 35, Silverado 31

Notre Dame/SO 49, Birmingham 12

Bishop 21, Burroughs/R 17

Poly/Pasadena 21, California City 6

Carson 57, Inglewood 15

Culver City 42, Dorsey 0

Righetti/SM 34, Dos Pueblos 14

Elsinore 29, Banning 27

Narbonne 27, Lawndale 14

Los Angeles 20, Ribet Academy 14

Oaks Christian 83, Bakersfield Christian 0

Paraclete at Monterey Trail

Venice 37, Paramount 34

Rancho Verde at Hawkins

Sierra Canyon 38, Bakersfield 7

Eagle Rock 82, South Pasadena 0

Santa Ynez 49, Templeton 21

Upland 49, El Diamante 0

CITRUS COAST LEAGUE

Hueneme 27, Carpinteria 20

Nordhoff at Fillmore

Santa Paula at Santa Clara

DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE

Desert Hot Springs 34, Cathedral City 27

Indio 22, Desert Mirage 21

Coachella Valley 61, Twentynine Palms 27

Yucca Valley 42, Banning 28

GOLDEN LEAGUE

Highland 28, Antelope Valley 14

Lancaster at Knight

Palmdale at Littlerock

Quartz Hill 44, Eastside 0

MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE

Arroyo 42, Gabrielino 7

Rosemead 2, Pasadena Marshall 0 (forfeit)

South El Monte 40, Mountain View 7

MOORE LEAGUE

Millikan 28, Lakewood 24

Jordan at Compton 46, Jordan 18

Long Beach Poly 42, Wilson 6

MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE

Miller 34, San Bernardino 26

Moreno Valley at Indian Springs

Vista del Lago 32, Pacific 18

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Arcadia 45, Burbank 28

Muir 67, Hoover 7

Crescenta Valley 47, Pasadena 26

L.A. CITY

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Grant at Sun Valley Poly

North Hollywood at Verdugo Hills

EASTERN LEAGUE

Bell 50, Huntington Park 22

Garfield 77, Legacy 14

South Gate 20, L.A. Roosevelt 14

EXPOSITION LEAGUE

Manual Arts 35, Jefferson 34

Washington 26, Angelou 7

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Canoga Park 41, Panorama 6

San Fernando 59, Reseda 6

Kennedy/GH 49, Van Nuys 20

NONLEAGUE

Fairfax 42, L.A. Marshall 6

Locke at Belmont

San Pedro at Cleveland

8-MAN

CIF-SS

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Calvary Chapel/D at Brethren Christian

VICTORY LEAGUE

Valley Academy at Desert Chapel

NONLEAGUE

Bloomington Christian 58, CSDR 6

Faith Baptist at Mojave

Avalon 35, Hillcrest Christian 6

Valley Christian/SM vs. Calvary Baptist

Villanova Prep at Flintridge Prep, 7 p.m.

Chadwick vs. Foothills Christian

Hesperia Christian 44, Sherman Oaks CES 8

L.A. CITY

NONLEAGUE

Fulton 34, New Designs University Park 16

 

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Alexander: What does Billie Jean King’s ownership stake in Dodgers mean?

  • Tennis champions Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss pose for photographers on the field after a news conference that added the two to the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group waves as she leave the room after an introductory press conference before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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  • Tennis champion Billie Jean King, center, gestures with her partner Ilana Kloss, right, at a news conference to introduce them as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group by owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Tennis champion Billie Jean King displays a poster of singer Elton John, from a 1975 Dodger Stadium concert, after a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. King and her partner, Ilana Kloss, have taken an undisclosed stake in the Dodgers at the invitation of owner Mark Walter. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Longtime partners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss who have joined the Dodgers ownership group, speak to the media during a press conference Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, introduces to the baseball team ownership group tennis champion Billie Jean King at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Tennis champion Billie Jean King speaks during a news conference where the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that she and her partner Ilana Kloss are joining the team ownership group in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten, right, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champion Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Dodgers infielder Chase Utley talks with tennis icon Billie Jean King, who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group on the field before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Both graduated from Long Beach Poly High. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers infielder Chase Utley talks with tennis icon Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the team’s ownership group on the field before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Both are graduates of Long Beach Poly High. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Billie Jean King who is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group shows off her custom blue Adidas sneakers before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten, right, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champion Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Tennis champion Billie Jean King, center, gestures with her partner, Ilana Kloss, during a news conference to introduce them as part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers by team owner Mark Walter, left, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Los Angeles Dodgers Owner & Chairman Mark Walter the newest member of the ownership group, Billie Jean King with her own jersey during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, and Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, right, pose with tennis champions Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner Ilana Kloss, during the press conference announcing the addition of the duo to the team’s ownership group on Friday at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, right, and owner and chairman Mark Walter, left, introduce to the baseball team ownership group, tennis champions Billie Jean King, second from left, and her partner, Ilana Kloss, at a news conference in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Pending approval by the WNBA, the two are also expected to have an ownership interest in the Los Angeles Sparks. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Billie Jean King, left, and her partner Ilana Kloss take a selfie during Friday’s Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. King and Kloss have joined the team’s ownership group. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, Contributing Photographer)

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LOS ANGELES — This is truly a feel-good story. Billie Jean King, maybe sports’ foremost symbol of inclusion, diversity and equality as well as tennis excellence, now owns an ownership stake in the Dodgers. And it didn’t come totally out of, er, left field.

“I grew up with the Dodgers,” King said Friday afternoon, wearing a No. 17 jersey on the field at Dodger Stadium. “They came here in 1958 when I was 14 years old, and my younger brother (former Giants, Astros and Blue Jays reliever Randy Moffitt) went on to play 12 years of major league baseball, so it’s in our blood. My dad was a scout for the Brewers for a while.

“So it’s a dream come true.”

How many kids growing up in Southern California have similar dreams of being involved somehow with their favorite team, only to go on to other things? Hundreds of thousands.

And how many are able to circle back and ultimately fulfill that dream? You can guess the answer.

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Asked if the 14-year-old Billie Jean Moffitt, while growing up in Long Beach, playing softball and rooting for the Dodgers, would have believed this was possible, she answered: “No way!”

(She probably wouldn’t have predicted 39 career Grand Slam titles, either, not to mention what is still the most famous exhibition victory in tennis history, over Bobby Riggs in 1973. Life can indeed pull you in unexpected directions.)

That said, now that King and her life partner, fellow former WTA player Ilana Kloss, are part of the Dodgers ownership group, what does it all mean?

In practical, tangible terms, it’s hard to tell. Both women talked about bringing their past experiences to the table, but King said it is still too early to determine exactly how.

“We have a lot of listening to do first, a lot of learning, and then hopefully we’ll figure out how we can make the biggest impact to help them,” King said.

“This happened pretty quickly. And you know Mark (Walter, chairman and managing partner) wants to do all kinds of stuff. So we’re going to sit down and learn about the organization, and what community outreach they have … We have a lot to learn, too, and hopefully, we can help make a really positive impact over time.”

A fresh perspective never hurts. King, 74, has followed her Hall of Fame tennis career with a fairly extensive second act. She and Kloss, 62, run the Billie Jean King leadership initiative, are founding board members of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and serve on the executive committee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. And Kloss is the commissioner of World Team Tennis, of which King was one of the founders in 1973.

“When you talk to people who are a little removed from your inner circle, sometimes you get the best ideas,” Kloss said. “So maybe by observing and being a little bit on the outside, we can have an idea or two that can make a difference.”

But their biggest contribution might be just being who they are. Their presence reinforces a message to women, to the LGBTQ community, and to others who might wonder how they fit into society. The message: You are welcome here, and you belong.

“We hope it will inspire future generations,” King said. “And I think it sends a strong message that we’re women, and we don’t mean just white women. We mean women and other people and other cultures that dream big.”

King pointed to a study that showed that companies who practice inclusion and diversity do better on the bottom line, up to a 16 percent increase in profitability.

“It makes a big difference,” she said. “Even one percent with the Dodgers would make a difference because they’re worth so much.”

And if it means, for example, that more women become involved in the sport in front offices or broadcast booths or maybe coaching or scouting staffs, how is that possibly a bad thing?

But all of those possibilities are down the road. For the moment, the newest members of the Dodger ownership group seemed positively giddy Friday.

“Driving in here, not as a fan but as an owner, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’” Kloss said.

“Yeah,” King responded. “To see Vin Scully’s name (on the Ring of Honor)? That was great. And Jaime (Jarrín). I want to meet Jaime. … I think it’s so exciting, six (decades) of Spanish broadcasting. And he’s a young 82 years old.”

“Wait a minute,” Kloss quipped. “Billie Jean’s not the oldest in the building anymore.”

This could be fun.

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Suspect in search for armed and dangerous man turns himself in to Buena Park Police

Two days after a man considered “armed and dangerous” was able to evade Buena Park police by running through a residential area carrying a rifle, the suspect surrendered to police Friday.

Christian Gonzalez, 28, of Buena Park, turned himself in at the Buena Park Police Department at 3:30 p.m. Friday and is being held on suspicion of weapons charges. The details of the charges were not immediately made available by police.

  • Christian Gonzalez, 28, of Buena Park turned himself in to police on Friday afternoon. (Courtesy of Buena Park Police Department)

  • Gonzalez is being held on suspicion of weapons charges. (Courtesy of Buena Park Police Department)

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On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of 7th Street and Marshall Avenue, but the car took off, according to Buena Park Police Sgt. Mike Lovchik. He said police chased the car for about one-tenth of a mile before the driver left his vehicle behind near the 6100 block of Marshall Avenue.

Once the suspect ran away, a search of the area began. Police considered the suspect armed and dangerous.

Lovchik said officers saw the man carrying a rifle as he ran into a residential area. Officers searched a nearby house, but the suspect was not inside. Lovchik described him as a man in his 20s, roughly 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing.

Before 5 p.m., police blocked off an area bordered by Artesia Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue to the north and south; and Stanton Avenue and Beach Boulevard from east to west, according to social media updates from the department.

Police did find the rifle seen carried by the suspect, but by 9 p.m. he was still at large. Police were still calling the man armed and dangerous.

“Just because you find one gun doesn’t mean they aren’t carrying two or three more,” said Lovchik Wednesday evening.

Before Gonzalez turned himself in, investigators were able to identify their suspect, police said in a statement. The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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There is no such machine as a lie detector

The funny thing, perhaps not so funny thing, about lie detectors is that they themselves are a big lie.

The machines, also known out of our wonderfully American pomposity as polygraphs, are a lie. The results they achieve are a lie, or at least no better than a coin toss.

These truths have been exhaustively proven and are now self-evident and have been for decades. And yet in our innocent faith in the mechanical, in our belief that if you can just hook up some wires to a person then we can really get down to the nitty-gritty, none of that emotional nonsense here, just objective facts, please, we continue to dub this Rube Goldbergian bucket of bolts a “lie detector.” A machine that can detect human lies. And a certified — perhaps “licensed,” for all I know — technician is all that’s required to read that machine’s mind and get to the bottom of it all, once and for all.

If I didn’t get tired of reaching for the inverted-comma key, I would put quotation marks around lie detector each time I type it here. Because the contraption clearly doesn’t deserve the name it’s been given.

And yet every time there is some national calamity, some great dispute between dueling parties, folks play the lie detector card. It’s happened twice again in recent weeks. First, when Bob Woodward’s book and the anonymous senior administration official’s op-ed exposed the White House staff as being in amazingly open revolt against the caprices and ineptitude of the current president, there were many calls for subjecting all such senior officials — a squishy term if ever there were one — to a lie detector test.

Some even came forward and offered to hook themselves up to the gadget tout de suite in order to prove that it ain’t me, babe.

Then, in the she said-he said that is the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, some appliance-heads have made what seems to them such a brilliant solution: Hook ‘em both up to the gizmo! What could go wrong?

Only everything. Because the doohickey don’t hunt.

I first became aware of this home truth in the 1980s, when I had the pleasure of editing the great prose stylist William Safire’s syndicated column once a week — if by editing you mean slapping a headline on and making it fit to a given space.

Safire was positively obsessed with the ongoing fallacy that by attaching a person to a machine through electrodes on the skin and measuring essentially how nerve-wracked she become when confronted with accusations that the truth would therefore out. He wrote column after column on his obsession.

I found a kind of wrap-up from 2002, in which he discussed some of his more obsessive topics from over the years: “I despise state-sponsored gambling as well as the form of torture that calls itself the ‘lie detector.’ … And this week, the polygraph — that hit-and-miss machine measuring sweat, speedy heartbeat and other signs of nervousness — has been discredited as the judge of truth-telling.

“After 19 months of study, experts convened by the National Research Council, an arm of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, concluded that ‘national security is too important to be left to such a blunt instrument,’ and noted pointedly that ‘no spy has ever been caught [by] using the polygraph.’ … In criminal investigations, hot lights and rubber truncheons have been replaced by a modern ‘third degree.’ A U.S. attorney general once told me: ‘Look — we know it’s often wrong, but watching that needle jump is scary, and it’s our best way for police to get confessions.’”

Stop the lie that there is such a thing as a lie detector.

Larry Wilson is on the Southern California News Group editorial board. lwilson@scng.com

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LAFC workhorse Marco Urena happy to be part of a contender again

While on World Cup duty for Costa Rica in June, Marco Ureña missed a chance to return to the epicenter of his MLS experience.

Instead, following a pre-tournament friendly between The Ticos and Belgium in Brussels, the 28-year-old center forward caught the result on his MLS app when he awoke the next day.

Goals in the 90th and 97th minutes had pushed LAFC to a frantic 4-3 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

“It’s pretty nice when you’re on a new team and they are better than where you were last year,” said Ureña, who made the MLS Cup playoffs with the Earthquakes in 2017, scoring five goals in 25 appearances in league play.

Among them was a game-winner against Minnesota United FC in the final minute of the regular season that lifted his team into the playoffs.

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“It was an amazing moment,” he said.

The tap-in finish registered a 2.17 on the USGS seismograph that is installed on-site, making it the top soccer-related seismic moment in Avaya Stadium history.

Ureña and sixth-seeded San Jose bowed out 5-0 to Vancouver in the knockout round, and a little more than a month later his name was left off of San Jose’s protected list of players ahead of the 2017 expansion draft.

LAFC selected Ureña with its third pick, which he didn’t realize until returning from vacation.

San Jose, one of California’s three MLS teams, has been awful during what is shaping up to be the worst season in franchise history.

The out-of-contention Earthquakes’ four wins (two at home and two away) and 20 points are the least in the MLS.

Ureña, meanwhile, has been a workhorse for LAFC despite surgery to repair a broken orbital bone and the World Cup limiting his availability.

LAFC (13-7-8) enters Saturday’s match with 47 points and a plus-12 goal differential as it remains in the fight for a top-two seed in the Western Conference.

Facing a must-win situation against a side that has conceded 16 more goals than it has scored, LAFC continues to carve out its identity while San Jose (4-17-8) keeps blowing up its own.

Following a 5-1 drubbing at home by Sporting Kansas City, San Jose fired first-year head coach Michael Stahre on Monday, giving assistant Steve Ralston – its fourth head coach since June 2017 – the keys for the rest of the season.

Ralston’s debut came Wednesday in a quick turnaround against Supporters’ Shield leader Atlanta United FC, which engineered another 4-3 comeback over the Earthquakes with a stoppage-time winner.

All of that makes last-place San Jose, which went to Western Conference-leading Dallas in August and walked away a surprise 3-1 winner, “tricky,” LAFC defender Steven Beitashour said.

“Guys are playing for their jobs, really that’s what it comes down to,” Beitashour said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a cakewalk if their season is done or not.”

The former Earthquakes ball boy and player scored in the game Urena missed.

LAFC head coach Bob Bradley declined to say if Ureña was in line to start Saturday’s midday encounter at Banc of California Stadium against his former team – Adama Diomande has nursed a bad hamstring to health, and Christian Ramirez is available – but he looks like a solid choice coming off his first league goal for the Black & Gold.

LAFC vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.; Banc of California Stadium

TV: Univision

RADIO: 710 AM, 980 AM

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