Trey Kukuk has ‘amazing’ night as Capistrano Valley football dominates Trabuco Hills in epic contest – Orange County Register



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MISSION VIEJO >> With so much at stake for Capistrano Valley and Trabuco Hills in a tight Sea View League race, it was only natural to expect the two football teams to fight to the end on Friday night.

But no one probably expected an instant classic that will likely be talked about for a long time to come.

Trey Kukuk nearly broke an Orange County record, crossing 611 yards to lead Capistrano Valley to a 59-56 victory over Trabuco Hills at Capistrano Valley High.

Kukuk finished 2 yards off the OC record held by Connor Manning, who threw for 613 yards in a game for El Toro in 2012.

After a 2-yard touchdown run from Drew Barrett that put Trabuco Hills ahead with less than a minute to go, Kukuk led the Cougars onto the field. He connected with Dane Benedix for a 30-yard touchdown pass to put Capo Valley ahead with six seconds left.

“It was amazing,” Kukuk said. “We spoke earlier after the difficult loss last week (against El Toro). All week we have been talking about getting together as a family. We talked about fighting for the four quarters and that’s exactly what we did. It happened at the last second.

“I am so proud of this team. Everyone did their part and everyone stuck together and we finished the game. It was an amazing game.

Kukuk also ran for 102 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. He completed 39 of 61 passes with six touchdowns to go with the ninth most passing yards in state history.

Kukuk had three receivers with over 100 yards on reception, led by Benedix with 16 receptions for 259 yards and two scores.

Owen Taylor caught 11 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown, and Mark Hopkins caught nine passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars.

“We will definitely be thinking about this game for years to come,” said Benedix. “All seniors will remember this. It was seniors’ night for us. It is a game that everyone will remember.

Trabuco Hills (7-2, 1-1) and Capistrano Valley (5-4, 1-1) are tied for second in the league standings. El Toro is first with a 2-0 record. The league ends next week with Trabuco Hills at El Toro and Capistrano Valley at Aliso Niguel (0-2 in the league) on Friday, October 29.

The top two players in the league automatically qualify for the CIF-SS playoffs.

Trabuco Hills held a 35-24 halftime lead on Friday and had a 35-31 lead at the end of the third quarter.

After Capo Valley took the lead in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs regained the lead and then continued for the remainder of the quarter. There were seven astounding leader changes during the quarter.

“I am so proud of this team,” said Capo Valley coach Sean Curtis. “We’ve stayed together despite adversity all year, with the teams we’ve faced this year giving us their best shot week after week. Last week we felt like we didn’t play well enough to beat El Toro. We were waiting to play our best game. Obviously we still have some things to work out in defense, but Trey is a special player.

Jackson Sievers made 11 tackles for the Cougars.

Barrett ran for 218 yards with five touchdowns in 24 carries, and Will Burns ran for 139 yards on 13 carries and two scores for the Mustangs.

Dylan Hagen had 10 tackles and Noah Gerrish had two sacks.

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