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Mission Viejo comes to Maui with a legacy, the Johnsons, and a really good team
August 29, 2013 - Robert Collias
How many high school football teams have a website like this?
The Mission Viejo Diablos are coached by Bob Johnson, who starts his 15th season against Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium Friday night — his record at the school since 1999 is 148-28-1.
His son, Rob Johnson, a former USC and NFL quarterback, is an associate head coach, as is brother Bret Johnson, a former UCLA, Michigan State, Toronto Argonauts and Atlanta Falcons QB. Keyshawn Johnson, no relation, a former No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, a world champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and an ESPN NFL analyst, is the receivers coach.
The impressiveness of the Diablos hardly ends there, however.
I am stringing the game for the Orange County Register and Mission Viejo is the No. 1-ranked team in one of the nation's most competitive counties in prep football for several reasons.
Here is part of the OCR's take on the Diablos:
The offense is looking very strong for Mission Viejo with All-County quarterback Ian Fieber, All-County running back Alex Suchesk, Stanford-bound fullback Daniel Marx and playmaker Sean Modster returning after having big years last year. Modster is one of the top receivers in the county. Johnson said Andrew Schuurs, a 6-5, 215-pounder, should be one of the better wide receivers in the county as well.
Four of the offensive linemen saw significant playing time last year. Nick Passaglia, a 6-3, 280-pounder, and Jacob Arlotti, a 6-2, 255-pounder, anchor the line. Johnson said he is also high on left tackle Izrael Castellanos, a 6-5, 280-pound junior who can run.
On defense, The Register singled out strong safety Hunter Remington, who had five interceptions last season; middle linebacker Zack Holland; while Michael Mathewes (6-5, 250) and Nick Dehdashtian (6-2, 280) lead the DL.
Kicker Zach Olson excelled at a number of offseason kicking camps and is also one of the top punters in the county.
MaxPreps.com ranks MV No. 2 among California Football Dynasties behind only De La Salle. Mission's record over that span is 136-19-1, including 11-1 last season when it won the South Coast League (4-0), defeated Westlake of Westlake Village, 42-10, in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs before losing to Long Beach Poly, 21-16, in the quarterfinals.
Finally, here is a video link to a recent MV scrimmage by Under The Radar Sports Media, sent to me by a reader.
Let's just say the Bears will have their hands full Friday night.
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