Trabuco Hills High School Coach Jim Barnett wasn't sure why his team's passing attack seemed to be running on fumes in the first quarter.
Quarterback John Barnes is normally a prolific passer, but his only completion was a pass behind the line of scrimmage. Maybe Barnes was simply hurrying the ball. Or maybe it had something to do with the Mustangs' concern for two players--Greg Sparks and Paul Yarmoluk--who suffered concussions and cuts in a car accident Thursday afternoon.
But whatever stalled the Mustang passing game did not last as Trabuco Hills (5-0) flattened Miraleste, 24-3, Thursday night in Mission Viejo Stadium.
"There were some things open and we just weren't executing," Barnett said. "So I said, 'Hey, just execute.' "
The Mustangs did. Barnes completed 13 of 25 passes for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of those completions were long ones to wide receiver Jeff Dooley, who scored just one touchdown but gained 288 yards on nine catches. Only one of those receptions was for less than 20 yards. Dooley's last reception covered 45 yards before he was tackled at Miraleste's 2-yard line.