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Spotty start for La Costa Canyon

08/30/2014, 12:26am PDT
By Kirk Kenney

Mavericks lose opener, but portable wood-fired pizza oven was a clear winner

La Costa Canyon defenders James Vanderpool (36) and Cole Yates (33) grasp at air as Newport Beach Corona del Mar quarterback Peter Bush runs into the end zone.

Final score: Newport Beach Corona del Mar 38, La Costa Canyon 0.

Key plays: Corona del Mar opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 15-yard TD pass from Peter Bush to Bo St. Geme, capping a 39-yard drive. Corona took advantage of a short field to add a field goal and two more TDs in the first half for a 24-0 lead. Sea Kings running back Cole Martin later burst up the middle for a 77-yard TD and a 31-0 lead.

Key stats: La Costa Canyon punted on its first five possessions. Three other first-half possessions ended with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

Key streak: Corona del Mar extended the state’s longest current winning streak to 27 games.

Quotable: “We started in reverse to begin the game,” said LCC coach Sean Sovacool. “That lack of momentum was a surprise. We will bounce back. We have no other choice. So that’s what we’re going to do. ... They have 10 of 11 returning starters from a defense that gave up nine points a game last season and won a state championship last year. It’s a caliber up. We have the horsepower to play with that. We did not do that tonight.”

Bonus coverage: In the nightcap of the Brothers in Arms Classic doubleheader, host Cathedral Catholic lost 55-10 to Folsom, which came into the game as the No. 3-ranked team in the state. The Bulldogs lived up to the billing. Senior quarterback Jake Browning led the way, passing for 319 yards and five touchdowns in the first two quarters alone as Folsom took a 34-3 halftime lead.

Making its mark: Folsom High is doing its best to make the city known for more than a prison — thank/blame Johnny Cash’s 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues” for that — with a team that averaged 50 points a game last season. Browning, who is committed to Washington, passed for 5,737 yards and 75 TDs last season, which would have obliterated San Diego season records for passing yards (4,050, El Cajon Valley’s Abraham Muheize) and passing TDs (44, Santana’s D.J. Busch).

Working on the chain gang: Didn’t get a chance to ask Folsom if it brought its own chain gang, although the crew marking down and distance did look pretty pleased to be out in the fresh air.

Have pizza oven, will travel: Could barely contain the excitement upon arriving when a portable brick pizza oven was spotted adjacent to Manchester Stadium, some 800 boxes alongside it waiting to be filled with 12-inch pies. That guaranteed our highly anticipated food review would have an auspicious start for the 2014 season. Mark Urquhart, owner of Real Bar & Bistro in Solana Beach and a Dons alum — he had his 1995 letterman’s jacket hung up to prove it — was serving. Urquhart expects to sell 1,600 pizzas during the two-day event, with a portion of sales donated back to his alma mater. Went with the mushroom and was thoroughly impressed. The wood-fired pizza earned the rare five belches on our five-belch scale.

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