MISSION VIEJO – No. 11 Corona del Mar took advantage of back-to-back offensive miscues by the Trabuco Hills offense to beat the Mustangs, 28-7, Friday at Trabuco Hills High.
The Sea Kings scored twice on three plays in the second quarter. With a 7-0 lead, Trabuco fumbled the ball and Chase Hartsell recovered it and returned the ball to the 15-yard line. On the next play, Nathaniel Espinoza found Tae Le in the end zone to extend the lead to 14.
On the next play from scrimmage, John Humphreys intercepted a Trabuco pass and returned it for a touchdown.
“I thought it was a huge momentum change for us,” Corona del Mar coach Dan OShea said. “The defensive turnovers were big for us. And for us, that creates energy and that’s a good thing.”
In the third quarter, Corona del Mar switched to sophomore quarterback Ethan Garbers. Garbers’ first two passes of the game were 26- and 32-yard completions to Le, the second one being a touchdown.
“When I see one guy on me I’m like, ‘It’s your time to shine, be ready for it,’ and I expect the ball at all times,” Le said.
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“Tae Le is an incredible athlete with size, playing Division 1 football next year,” Trabuco Hills coach John Abdelnour said. “We put more guys in the box to defend the run and sometimes it left us vulnerable on the outside.”
Corona del Mar (4-1) played well on defense, particularly in the secondary. Jack Elliot had an interception and the Sea Kings didn’t allow the Mustangs to cross midfield until late in the fourth quarter.
“We made great strides this week. This week was our best week without a doubt defensively,” OShea said.
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