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Prep Notebook: Mission Viejo’s first football game cancelled because of coronavirus 

Mission Viejo football was forced to cancel its first game against La Habra on Friday night after one or more players tested positive for COVID-19. ( Ming Chung Lin,

Mission Viejo’s first football game of the season was cancelled on Friday after one or more student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus, Mission Viejo Principal Tricia Osborne said in a letter she released on the school’s website. 

The Diablos were set to face La Habra in a rematch from last season.

“This was a very difficult decision to make and extremely disappointing for our student-athletes and families, but it is our responsibility to keep our students and coaches safe,” Osborne wrote.

Mission Viejo, who is part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, tested their players for the virus on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday and Friday’s games.

The California Department of Public Health required that all student-athletes were to be tested on a weekly basis if the county case rate is between 14 and 7 per 100,000 individuals.

While the cases dropped below 7 per 100,000 individuals Osborne’s letter said because the athletes were already in the process of testing, we allowed the process to be completed. 

High School football has been delayed seven months because of the pandemic and because of a shortened season will not be made up. 

Trabuco Hills football loses big in season opener to Edison

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Trabuco Hills’ football team probably didn’t imagine its season starting off the way it did against Edison.

The Chargers (1-0) didn’t waste any time scoring in the first 21 seconds as it defeated the Mustangs 55-7 at Huntington Beach High School. 

Not even before the first quarter ended Edison led by four touchdowns behind its quarterback, Braeden Boyles. 

Boyles, who will play for NAIA Benedictine College in the fall, finished the game throwing 7-of-9 passes for 139 yards and four touchdowns. 

Trabuco Hills’ only offense came in the second quarter when running back Mack Healy scored on a touchdown run.

Healy finished with 28 yards rushing while quarterback Jaxon Smaler finished with 78 yards passing and four interceptions. 

Trabuco Hills (0-1) continues its season on March 19 when it travels to Mission Viejo. 

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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