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By Zach Cavanagh

Over the course of the offseason, the biggest goal for the Dana Hills football team was to increase its physical presence. The Dolphins committed to the weight room to strengthen their offensive and defensive lines and prepare for a fall season in which they would commit to the running game.

All of that hard work showed up in the season opener.

Senior running back Christian Guarascio ran for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and senior linebacker Ethan Brougham led the defense with 18 tackles and two sacks, as Dana Hills held down University, 21-14, at home on Friday, Aug. 19.

Both Guarascio’s rushing yards and Brougham’s tackles topped the Orange County stat charts for the opening week of play.

Dana Hills’ air game also broke for big plays, with senior receiver Blaize Bolter catching four passes for 131 of the Dolphins’ 208 total passing yards. Senior quarterback Connor Vernon completed 10 of 18 passes with a touchdown to junior Noah Brown and an interception in his first start.

This week, Dana Hills (1-0) travels up Pacific Coast Highway to take on Laguna Beach (0-1). The Breakers dropped their opener nearly 850 miles away at Homedale, Idaho, 46-14. Last season, the Dolphins beat Laguna Beach at home, 35-7.

Zach Cavanagh

Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a multiple California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports and Instagram @South_OC_Sports. Email at zcavanagh@picketfencemedia.com.

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