San Juan Hills leans on its offensive line, slips past Great Oak – Orange County Register

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Often overlooked but always respected, the offensive line is the strength of any high school football team.

No. 18 San Juan Hills (4-2) needed every ounce of force from its line to get past Great Oak of Temecula, 23-21, Friday night at San Juan Hills High.

Coach Aaron Flowers praised the physical play of his unit at the line of scrimmage.

“It’s so much easier to call plays when your offensive line is playing well and executing,” he said. “It (line play) was great to see.”

After Porter Watson drilled a 29-yard field goal to give the Stallions a lead with 7:58 left, Cade Albright stepped up with a crucial sack of McGwire Bustamante on the Wolfpacks’ next drive.


Then it was time for the big men up front to dominate.

The offensive line continuously opened up holes for Chase Monarch, who finished with 134 rushing yards including a key first down late in the fourth that helped seal the victory.

San Juan Hills trailed 7-0 in the first but was able to strike back at Great Oak (2-3) as Matt Rodriguez fired the ball to Travis Lau on the right hash, and Lau proceeded to sling it to Matt Barrows for a 32-yard score.

When asked about the double-pass trick play, Flowers said, “We’ve had it in for four weeks, so we practiced it enough and we finally had the right opportunity to use it. The kids executed it flawlessly.”

Lau was also on the receiving end of a scoring play – a 21-yard TD catch from Rodriguez with 28 seconds left in the half that gave the Stallions a 20-14 advantage.

San Juan Hills leaned on its defense late to keep Great Oak off the scoreboard. Once the Stallions had the ball, its line was able to nudge forward and help the ground game compile 223 yards.

“Our kids know the most important group on our team is the offensive line,”…

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