Tougher schedule for Crean Lutheran football team; Saints face Beckman tonight – Orange County Register

Crean Lutheran’s football team went into the season looking at what appears to be the toughest schedule in school history.

The Saints, 1-2, have suffered losses the past two weeks to St. Anthony’s (ranked third in the CIF Division 9 poll) and Aquinas (ranked first in Division 9).

This week, they have another tough challenge, hosting Beckman Thursday, Sept. 14 at Irvine Stadium.

“We’re trying to compete with the best teams because if you want to be the best, you have to compete and beat the best,” said Crean Lutheran Coach Matt Bowman. “We have aspirations to improve ourselves each week against really good teams and although it’s hard and it’s physical for our teams, they respond and they came out ready to play.

“It just didn’t work out for us and we got worn down at the end of the game.”

Bowman said he and his players are looking forward to the first meeting with Beckman.

LAGUNA HILLS LOSES APPEAL

Woodbridge athletic director Rick Gibson said Laguna Hills lost an appeal Monday with Orange County principals to join the all-Irvine Pacific Coast League next year. It would have been a seven-team PCL league if approved.

Laguna Hills officials are opposed to the team being in the Coast View Conference next year.

“It was voted down, it was fairly close,” Gibson said. “They needed four more votes, they would have been in our league. They have one more appeal to the CIF council.”

NORTHWOOD LOOKS FOR  A WIN

Northwood’s football team, 0-3, on the young season, plays Santa Ana Valley Thursday, Sept. 14, on the Falcons home field.

The Timberwolves are coming off a 17-7 loss to Laguna Hills last week.

“We are getting better each week,” said Coach Pete Mitchell. “The boys are learning a whole new system on offense and on defense. They are doing a great job picking it up. We definitely had our chances this week, but you have to give it to Laguna Hills, they are tough.

“I think we kept them to around 170 yards passing and I think half of…

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