MISSION VIEJO - Last season, Trabuco Hills was just another footnote in what would become an undefeated Laguna Hills season.
What a difference a year can make.
The Mustangs dealt the Hawks a dose of their own medicine, smothering the Laguna Hills offense en route to a 27-0 nonleague victory Friday night at Trabuco Hills High.
Trabuco Hills (2-0) held the Hawks to 60 total yards on 37 offensive plays.
“That’s a team that hasn’t lost in thirteen weeks, so it’s nice to come out on top,” Trabuco coach Jason Negro said. “Defensively we were pretty impressive. We made a lot of good tackles and didn’t have any blown assignments.”
The defensive pressure produced ideal field position for the Mustangs offense, which started on the Hawks’ side of the field on three of their five scoring drives.
Quarterback Ryan Ochoa capped a 7-play, 35-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard sneak, giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter.
Dylan Buononato extended the lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard scoring run set up by his 64-yard scamper two plays earlier.
“He is such a different change-up from Shane (DeCillo),” Negro said. “He doesn’t need a lot of space and can make some moves.”
The lone Hawks (0-1) highlight came in the form of linebacker Joey Bonutto, who had five tackles for loss.
“We didn’t execute tonight, but I don’t want to take anything away from Trabuco Hills,” Laguna coach Bruce Ingalls said. “That’s a big, physical team and they took it to us tonight.”