After holding on for a win last week, the Dana Hills football team breezed their way to a 31-0 Sea View League victory over Capistrano Valley October 12.
Once again the Dolphins (3-5, 2-0 league) were led by their new-look 4-3 defense, which intercepted two Capo Valley (6-2, 0-1) passes within the first eight minutes of the game and held the Cougars to 104 total yards of offense. Both interceptions led to Dolphin scores, and after a 21-yard field goal by Logan Warren and an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mac Vail to Warren, Dana Hills led 10-0.
The Cougars senior quarterback Mason Dossey could not find a rhythm early and it was evident something was off. Dossey was only under center for four offensive series before he left the game for unknown reasons. He was replaced by junior Matt Gordon. Dossey, who had been prolific through the air up until Friday night, completed just three of six passes for nine yards before exiting.
Sophomore running back Brian Scott picked up where he left off last week, when he ran for over 200 yards against Aliso Niguel, with a 130-yard rushing performance against the Cougars. Scott, who has been filling in for injured feature back Marcus Hughes, padded the Dolphins lead by scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter on back to back possessions. Scott’s second touchdown was a 41-yard burst that saw him shed two tackles as he ran straight up field to put Dana Hills on top 24-0 just before the half.
Capo Valley did not have a sustained offensive drive until late in the third quarter when they drove inside the Dolphins 20-yard line and threatened to score. But Dana Hills ended the Cougar threat by getting a big fourth down stop.
“Our front four are getting after the quarterback…Our linebackers and defensive backs are playing great coverage…It was a great team victory,” Dana Hills head coach Todd Rusinkovich said.
The Dolphins tacked on one more score in the third quarter on a 21-yard hook up between Vail and senior wide receiver Elliot-Sutherland Dunning.
Dana Hills will have a bye week next week only to return October 26 to play on the road against Laguna Hills in a game that could decide the Sea View League title.
“This was a great team victory and it’s nice to go into a bye week on a high note…we’ll start getting ready for Laguna Hills tomorrow,” Rusinkovich said.
Sutherland-Dunning caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game.
Senior Nigel Crosby blocked a punt for the second time in three games.
Vail completed 13 out of 23 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.