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SHERMAN OAKS — On Friday evening the Sierra Canyon Excessive Faculty soccer crew secured a Mission League championship with a 42-21 win over host Notre Dame, counting on its dimension benefit.
“We’ve received an important protection that performs bodily soccer,” mentioned Sierra Canyon coach Jon Ellinghouse. “And our offensive line and tailbacks, we determined we’re going to impose our will on folks and that’s positively what I believed we had been in a position to do tonight.”
The Trailblazers (6-4, 4-1 Mission League) imposed that can to the tune of over 300 dashing yards on offense to go together with 5 sacks and a pair of interceptions by the protection.
“We’re going to return in each week and dominate you up entrance,” mentioned Sierra Canyon quarterback Alonzo Esparza. “Each coach is aware of you may educate self-discipline, you may educate issues which can be psychological. You can’t educate physicality. The reality is we’ve loads of physicality.”
Sierra Canyon went to halftime with a 21-14 lead, counting on its run sport. Sophomore speedster Dane Dunn had two first-half dashing scores and went into half with 100 dashing yards on 10 carries.
The 170-pound working again proved more durable to carry down than his body would possibly recommend, typically requiring a number of tacklers to cease his progress.
He added two extra second-half scores, ending the evening with 189 yards and 4 touchdowns on 19 carries.
“With out our line, we might be nothing, man,” mentioned Dunn. “They make the whole lot simpler. With out them, there wouldn’t no us. I’m happy with my linemen.”
Terrell Cooks Jr, a junior working again, rounded out the primary half scoring for the Trailblazers when he scored on a 60-yard landing with 1:40 remaining within the second quarter. He completed with 100 yards on eight makes an attempt. Jesse Lepore chipped in with 63 dashing yards on 5 carries.
“We had nice video games from your complete offensive line. The offensive line is a unit. It’d be laborious to focus on one man. That entire group performed rather well,” mentioned Esparza. “We’ve got simply the most effective offensive line – probably the greatest in California – simply the most effective within the Mission League. I’m so happy with these dudes. They’re so laborious working. Up entrance we’re essentially the most dominant crew I promise you.”
Esparza threw a second-half 35-yard landing to senior Josiah Phillips to assist seal the win for Sierra Canyon.
“You by no means know whose going to get the ball or what we’re going to do,” mentioned Dunn. We’ve got weapons all around the area and we’re going to get stuff executed when we have to.”
Wyatt Becker threw touchdowns to Mikhi Varady-Brown and Kian Salehi within the loss for the Knights. Jonathan Seastrand added a dashing rating in defeat.