My alma mater is the Villa Park Spartans but have rooted for the Pacifica Mariners since joining the old OC Register site years ago now. That's the alma mater of my wife and kids.
Mariner football sure looks strong this year, blowing out every opponent on their way to a 5-0 record.
Best HS football game I ever watched was the CIF finals Pacifica vs. Cypress. That was a great game, despite being on the losing end. I remember watching Cypress in their run up to the finals and seeing how they came out in the second half running the option. Seems their game plan was to run more traditional plays and watch how the defense responded then come out in the second half running the option against the slower of the two corners. When they came out in the second half and started marching down the field running the option I thought surely the Pacifica coach knew this was going to be their game plan and would have an answer. Nope. Those kids on both sides of the ball played their hearts out.
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; John Muir