Football Wins Second Straight League Championship

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Photo courtesy of Scott Depenbrok

Joey Hobert (12) forces an incompletion against Great Oak. The Stallions went on to win 35-7, the start of a nine game winning streak.

Ben Bartlett, Sports Editor

Football finished their regular season, clinching their 2nd straight Sea View League Championship in a 42-6 win over Laguna Hills. 

They went undefeated in league, defeating Trabuco Hills, Aliso Niguel, Dana Hills, and finally Laguna Hills. Each game had a running clock by the end of the game. A running clock is the mercy rule applied to speed up the game when a team is up by 35 points or more. 

Senior James Gaines had four receptions, each one for a touchdown. This tied the school record for most receiving touchdowns in a single game. 

“Everytime the ball was in my hands I was determined to score, and then everytime I scored it just motivated me to keep going,” Gaines said. “On the routes, I gave it my all. I ran full speed. I thought about what I was going to do ahead of time, and things just lined up.”

Everytime the ball was in my hands I was determined to score, and then everytime I scored it just motivated me to keep going.”

— James Gaines

Senior running back Austin Hogan reached the milestone of one thousand rushing yards in a season, finishing with a school-record 1012 yards. 

“I’m really proud of myself for achieving that because I’ve had that goal since Freshman year.” Hogan said. He also credited his brother and teammates for helping him break the record.

Junior quarterback Hudson Jones completed 13 of 16 passes and threw for a season-high five touchdowns.

“I knew the coaches were gonna call the right plays and I just threw them up. I trusted my receivers a lot,” Jones said.

According to Gaines, this season has been the best of his career. “We have really good senior leadership this year. [In past seasons] towards the end of the season, the seniors didn’t even want to keep playing. They didn’t care if we lost. But this year, we actually care, we’re actually motivated to keep going, and we’re motivated to keep the other guys on board with us,” Gaines said

The league victory and a tough non-league schedule helped the Stallions earn the number 4 seed for CIF Division 4 playoffs.

Next season, SJHHS Football will be moving back to the South Coast League but they ended their time in the Sea View League in a convincing manner.