High school sports

Panthers’ premiere was a hit

KOBE BOYKIN (2) ran for two touchdowns as the Orange High Panthers opened the 2022 season with a 42-7 win Friday night over Pacifica (Orange County Tribune photos by Jim Tortolano).

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.

THIS GREAT CATCH accounted for Pacifica’s lone score.

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



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