Esperanza High School, behind a dominating rushing attack led by Mike Miscione and the passing of Mike Moneymaker, scored a 28-12 victory over Cypress in an Empire League contest in Handel Stadium at Anaheim.
Miscione led the Aztecs (1-0-1, 4-0-1) by rushing for 112 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries. Esperanza had 221 yards rushing.
Moneymaker completed 5 of 13 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 33-yard pass to Don Herrick in the second quarter and a 25-yard strike to Doug Saunders in the third quarter.
Esperanza's Rick Lane opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 28-yard interception return.
Cypress (3-2, 1-1) had trouble moving the ball but managed two first-half field goals by Lee Milton of 50 and 30 yards. The Centurions' only other score came midway through the fourth quarter on a two-play, 80-yard drive that saw Blaise Bryant blast for 60 yards up the middle to the Esperanza 20 and then Troy O'Leary score on a 20-yard option run.