By Jim Tortolano/Orange County Tribune
The first game of a high school football season seems to follow a script: missed tackles, fumbles, unforced errors and lots of penalties.
But at Fred Kelly Stadium, the Orange High Panthers had enough star power to defeat Pacifica 42-7 in their premiere non-league contest.
Kobe Boykin ran for touchdowns of 79 and 5 yards. Jonathan Smith caught scoring passes of 40, 9 and 23 yards for the Panthers.
After exchanging punts, Orange jumped out to a first quarter 14-0 lead as Smith caught a 40-yard TD pass (along with a two-point conversion catch) and a 79-yard run by Boykin.
The Mariners struck back when a receiver outjumped three Orange defenders in the end zone for a 18-yard touchdown to close within 14-7.
But the rest of the night belonged to the home team as it scored 28 unanswered points and started new Mariner coach Randy Franzman’s season with a loss.
However, that’s what pre-league games are for: to work out the kinks. Orange will take its 1-0 record next Friday against district rival Villa Park, while Pacifica will travel to Temecula to play Linfield Christian.
Friday night scores (all non-league)
Orange 42, Pacifica 7
Godinez 15, Magnolia 13
Huntington Beach 20, Mayfair 13
Linfield Christian 41, Loara 7
Western 42, Chino 0
Bolsa Grande 53, Workman 6
Edison 48, Venice 13
Santa Ana Valley 34, Ocean View 16
Categories: High school sports