MARCELLO GIUILIANO, BECKMAN
Beckman (1-0), defeated Santa Ana Valley, 37-21, on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Patriots host Elsinore Friday, Sept. 8, at Tustin at 7 p.m.
“With so many new and young players, we weren’t really sure how they would react to the lights the first time,” Giuliano said. “When we started the game with two consecutive offensive turnovers, we weren’t really sure how they would react to adversity. Ultimately, our returning seniors brought a lot of positive energy and support to those guys and we were able to calm down and play a good football game. Our defense led the way early by bailing us out, and then created short fields on turnovers that enabled us to build a lead and allowed the offense to gain some confidence.
“Offensively, we had two stand-out performers. Senior wide receiver Mikael Mian hauled in 9 receptions, two of them for touchdowns, which gave our young QB confidence. Junior running back, Omar Abdullah, had a terrific game in his first varsity start, logging 30 carries for over 200 yards and two scores. Defense was led by two senior linebackers that made game-changing plays for us. Returner Justin Cheng had four tackles for loss and one QB sack, while first-year starter Tomas Pineda was in on 11 total tackles and had and interception. In the special teams, kicker Jonathan Bonilla converted all the kicks he was able to attempt, ending the game with 4 extra points and field goal.”
ERIK TERRY, IRVINE
Irvine (1-1) defeated Esperanza, 36-20, Friday night. The Vaqueros host Western Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.
“We definitely improved from our first game which is great,” Terry said. “Players made fewer assignment and discipline errors and it was good to get in the win column. It was a total team effort as the heat last week made it imperative that we play as many players as possible. Our backups were the key to our success as they were prepared to step in and make plays when called upon.
Players of the week: “Our offensive line of Kameron Raigosa, Sam Sadeghi, Jimmy Leys, Tyler Luna, Anthony Ramirez and Lance Withers definitely earned player of the game for their consistency,” Terry said. “We rushed for over 180 yards behind this group and threw for almost 300 yards.
“Defensively our linebacker corps of Zeke Alleman, Rian Fields, and Cory Bautista stood out as they played the run very well against a big, physical Esperanza running back.
“Special teams wise, Jacob Yi did a great job as…