MISSION VIEJO — Mission Viejo’s football team put together its second dominant effort in a row Friday in a 45-8 win over Alemany of Mission Hills at Mission Viejo High.
The last time the Diablos were at home, they lost a heartbreaker to Long Beach Poly 35-0. Since then, Mission Viejo (4-1) blanked Sierra Canyon 41-0 and cruised against Alemany.
Diablos coach Chad Johnson attributed the team’s recent play to several players finally being fully healthy after bouts of the flu.
“Now we are healthy and getting better practices,” Johnson said. “It was weird being like, ‘that guy can barely get out of bed but he’s going to play Friday.’ We have been doing more best-on-best in practice now and competing.”
Mission Viejo took advantage of excellent field position throughout the first half. Alemany (1-2) lost 101 yards on six errant snaps that went over the head of quarterback CJ Ceron.
Mikey Matthews also contributed to the Diablos’ good field position with over 90 yards in punt returns in the first half.
Diablos quarterback Kadin Semonza tossed five touchdown passes and ran for a TD.
After a sack by Jonathan Becerra and a 20-yard punt return by Matthews, Mission Viejo scored its first touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Semonza to Matthews to put the Diablos ahead 7-0.
Matthews returned a punt 48 yards into Alemany territory, and then scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-0.
Semonza ran 30 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing drive to give Mission Viejo a 21-0 lead.
Mission Viejo’s defense forced a turnover on downs inside the Alemany 20. Michael Salgado-Medina made a 30-yard field goal to extend the lead to 24-0.
Mission Viejo’s Travis Anderson, who leads the Southern Section in interceptions with five, recovered an errant Alemany snap at the Warriors 10. Semonza threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to KJ Reed to give Mission Viejo a 31-0 lead entering halftime.
Semonza threw a 53-yard tunnel screen to Matthews which set up a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Holman to make the score 38-0.
Semonza, a Ball State commit, threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Andrez Lewis in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.
Alemany (1-2) had not played a game since Aug. 26 when it beat San Diego Lincoln. Paden White ran for 107 yards on 22 carries and Jeremiah Claiborne added 69 yards.
Claiborne ran for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Alemany.
Sophomore Lamario Claiborne had a fumble recovery for the Warriors.