El Toro was stung for 29 points in a 10-minute span in the first half, and the four-touchdown deficit turned out to be too much to overcome in a rare afternoon game.
Score: Palos Verdes 50, El Toro 28
Key Stats: Tyler Moore rushed 24 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns for Palos Verdes.
Pivotal Moment: After scoring twice late in the first half to cut its deficit to 29-14, El Toro opened the third quarter and drove past midfield, but Lucas Cooper intercepted a Trey Tinsley pass at the Palos Verdes 18-yard line. If ET scores, the Chargers have a legitimate chance to win. PV eventually scored to go up, 36-14. Game over.
Quotable: "Against an offensive team like El Toro, no lead is a safe lead," PV Coach Guy Gardner told the Orange County Register.
Records: Palos Verdes (2-2), El Toro (1-3)
Notes: The game, played at Palos Verdes where there are no lights, had a 3 p.m. kickoff time. … Trey Tinsley completed 40 of 57 passes (fifty-seven!) for 350 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Orange County Register. Tinsley probably doesn’t throw as many passes if the Chargers hadn’t fall behind by four touchdowns. … Tinsley had two passes intercepted, one returned 35 yards for a touchdown. … Tinsley threw TD passes of 17, 11, 16 and 36 yards. … The middle passes were to Dominic Collins, who caught 16 passes for 163 yards. … The first and last touchdown passes were to Taylor Dodds. The first cut the deficit to 29-7, the last to 43-28 with 6:05 left in the game. … Palos Verdes is the defending Northern Division III champion. … This is the first game Palos Verdes has played that hasn’t gone to the wire. … The Sea Kings lost to Harbor City Narbonne, 27-23; beat Moorpark in overtime, 15-9; lost to Newport Harbor, 34-33. … El Toro’s losses have been to two defending champions (Palos Verdes, Corona del Mar) and La Habra, which is ranked No. 4 in the Orange County Top 10.