Capistrano Valley makes enough big plays to overcome mistakes against Trabuco Hills – Orange County Register

MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley hasn’t played perfect football the last few weeks, but the No. 12 Cougars keep getting it done.

Capo Valley handled a tough effort by No. 24 Trabuco Hills and survived a 57-second, three-score swing at the end of the second quarter to pull out the victory, 28-14, in a nonleague game Friday at Capistrano Valley High.

“It’s a win,” Capo Valley coach Ernie Bucher said. “It’s a great win. It’s a win against a natural rival since (Trabuco Hills is) in Mission Viejo. But we’ve got to be cleaner.”

Capo Valley (5-0) has had some inconsistencies on offense in its last couple games and trouble with turnovers last week against Yorba Linda.

Against Trabuco Hills (2-3), the Cougars gave up two scores for the first time this season with the first touchdown coming after a fumble.

“We made some mistakes defensively in the first half that were uncharacteristic,” Bucher said. “On offense, we made some big plays. We just have to be able to sustain that in the second half and put some drives together.”

Capo Valley got an early spark on its second drive when Nathan Manning escaped pressure and ran 54 yards. Manning ran in a 6-yard touchdown two plays later.

After that, both offenses stalled at midfield and Dylan Flanders came up with a fumble recovery for Trabuco Hills on the first play of a Capo Valley drive.

Joey Ertz then found Spencer Garland on a 15-yard touchdown pass to tie the game late in the second quarter.

Then the game got a little wacky.

Manning sold a run-fake so well that everyone in the stadium didn’t see him curl out and sprint 79-yards for a touchdown, including the referees who blew the play dead.

Manning did hit Michael Dyer on a 69-yard pass and followed with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Matt Blethen for the lead, 14-7.

On the next play, Ertz threw over the top to Camden Alpert who outran the coverage on an 80-yard TD pass to tie the game.

Ertz finished 11-of-20 passing for 218 yards.

Just two plays after that, Manning responded with his own deep touchdown ball of 68 yards to Blake…

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