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Canyon quarterback Christian Lundsberg steps back to throw a pass during a high football game against Aliso Niguel in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Friday, Aug. 18, 2022. Lundsberg threw for 410 yards and six touchdowns as the Commanches won 54-21. (Ryan Kuhn,

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Aliso Niguel football gets trounced by Canyon in season opener

Comanches quarterback Christian Lundsberg throws for 410 yards and 6 TDs

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ALISO VIEJO — Aliso Niguel’s football team didn’t have the start to its season it would have liked. 

The Wolverines welcomed in Canyon and it didn’t take long before it made a statement.

The Comanches left with a 54-20 win. 

“We are young and it showed today,” Aliso Niguel coach Mike Calahan said. 

Canyon featured senior quarterback Christian Lundsberg who tossed six touchdown passes. He also finished with 410 yards though the air. 

The Comanches took a touchdown lead late in the first quarter when 18 scored on a 2-yard run.

Aliso Niguel answered when junior quarterback Hunter Najm threw a 45-yard pass to running back Jack Gill down the sidelines. 

But that was the Wolverines shining moment in the first half. 

Lundsberg showed off his arm as Canyon finished the half on a 26-0 run.

By halftime, the Comanches held a commanding 33-7 lead.

Things didn’t get better for the Wolverines in the second half as two plays after Canyon received the kickoff, Lundsberg threw a 95-yard pass too Kayvon Monfred.

He added one more before the mercifully running clock started in the fourth quarter.

Aliso Niguel found some momentum late in the game when Luke Jones scored on a 3-yard run and then Jarrett Sabol finished a drive with a 20-yard touchdown scamper that set up by two passes by backup Connor Entire.

In the end, Canyon was just too much. 

“We have a lot of things to work on,” Calahan said. “We beat ourselves a lot of the time.”

Despite the loss, Najm finished 11-for-24 with 140 passing yards and a touchdown. Gill also finished with 13 carries for 58 yards before leaving the game with leg cramps. 

Aliso Niguel continues its season next Friday when it hosts Rancho Mirage. 

The Rattlers lost to Hemet in their season opener 16-9.


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Aliso Niguel junior quarterback Hunter Najm hands the ball off to senior running back Jack Gill during a high football game at in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Friday, Aug. 18, 2022. (Ryan Kuhn,

Ryan was born and raised in Dana Point went to Dana Hills High School. He graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Journalism. Throughout his career as a sports journalist, he has covered high schools, colleges, and professional teams. After working for multiple newspapers in as many states, he came to the conclusion that what he really wanted was to make sure the high schools in his hometown area got the sports coverage they deserved. Follow him on Twitter @rskuhn

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