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Martin leads Highlanders over Titans

Posted on 28 September 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal


La Habra ended their preseason on a high note by beating Colony, 55-48, at home Friday night.

La Habra runs out to the field against La Mirada

La Habra runs out to the field against La Mirada


The Highlanders  lost their last two games and were looking to turn things around against the Titans (3-2) before Freeway league games start.


The Highlanders ran their way to victory with help from running back, Carlos Martin, who led the team with 31 carriers for 429 yards and five touchdowns.


“I think we’re getting better, but we still need to make some stops,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “I think we’re prepared for league.”


The Highlander’s defense set the tone by forcing Colony to punt on its first possession of the game.


The Highlanders (2-3) quickly capitalized on the punt return when Eric Lancaster-Garcia ran the ball back 72-yards, scoring the first touchdown of the night.


Less than a minute later, the Titans made their way down the field to gain the lead, 7-6, over the Highlanders.


La Habra scored two more times and added a two-point conversion before the end of the first quarter, but Colony wasn’t going down without a fight. With less than 30 seconds left in the first quarter, the Titan’s Zachery Fields ran the ball 82-yards for a touchdown.


La Habra led 21-14 going into the second quarter.


With a little over six minutes remaining in the first half, La Habra’s quarterback Eric Barriere threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Edrick Flores to advance their lead to 28-14.

Highlander Running Back Carlos Martin runs the ball against La Mirada.  Martin scored five touchdowns against Colony Friday.

Highlander Running Back Carlos Martin runs the ball against La Mirada. Martin scored five touchdowns against Colony Friday.


Both teams battled not only each other but also penalties as they tried to make their way to the end zone. Colony scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half and trailed La Habra, 28-21, going into halftime.


The start of the second half brought more touchdowns for both teams. The Highlanders had possession of the ball to start the second half and on their second play, Martin ran the ball 85-yards for a touchdown to advance their lead to 35-21.


Second later, the Titans ran the ball back down the field 64-yards for a touchdown, making it a one score game.


With less than eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Highlanders scored one more time and held the Titans for the rest of the quarter. La Habra led 41-28 going into the fourth quarter.

Colony had possession of the ball to start the quarter, but was stopped by the Highlander’s defense on fourth down, allowing La Habra to takeover on downs.


The Highlanders made their way down the field, which led to Martin’s fifth touchdown run of the night. La Habra led Colony 47-28.


Colony continued to fight and scored on three straight possessions, allowing them to regain the lead over La Habra, 48-47, with less than three minutes remaining in the game.


On their last possession of the game, the Highlanders scored with less than two minutes remaining to regain the lead over Colony, 55-48.


The Titans fumbled on the kickoff return and the Highlanders recovered the ball, securing their last preseason win.


The Highlanders have a bye next week and will return to an away game against Buena Park in their first Freeway league matchup on Friday, October 10.





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New-look Lady Heralds drop home opener to Brea

Posted on 04 September 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal             

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team’s quest for a third consecutive CIF championship got off to the wrong foot Thursday night as they were swept 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-18) by the visiting Brea Olinda High School.Web_LHJ WCHS vs BOHS vball__048

“We just did not execute today at all,” said Whittier Christian’s head coach, Todd Morrison. “They were able to get us out of our formations a lot and put us in some bad spots. They are a good team and we did not play to their level today.”

The team has won the last two CIF titles, but they lost almost all of their starters to graduation.

“We have a long way to go,” said captain Jeanie Reinis. “We fought hard today and did not give up and that is what defines this team. We fight.”

Reinis had a game-high 17 kills.

The game also the first for Morrison as head coach at Whittier Christian.

“Coach Morrison is a great coach,” said the co-captain Kiana Louie. “His enthusiasm is awesome and he makes us want to go hard in practice.”

Morrison knows that he has the tough task of performing up to the level that the Heralds have been known to play at. However, he knows that he and the team will be able to handle it.

“I do not think that there is any added pressure,” Morrison said. “We want to win and we want to win championships, but this is a new team and I am the new coach. The goal is to put a system in place and get these girls clicking.”

This year’s team does not have the same size and power as the one who went deep into the state championships last year. The Heralds are looking to fill the loss of two dominant outside hitters in Kylee Wolfe and Deanna Blaine.

“We need to pass well if we are going to do well this year,” Morrison said. “We have some good outside hitters but we need to put the ball in good spots.”Web_LHJ WCHS vs BOHS vball__140

Even though the Heralds dropped their first match of the season, the team still is encouraged going forward this year.

“We are a young team,” Louie said. “We are still as hungry as ever though is a lot of room for improvement and we just have to go back and practice hard.

“This team can go far if they click,” Morrison added. “We expect to go into every game and compete. We think that we can definitely compete in this league and play into the playoffs. How far we go in playoffs depends on the girls.

The Heralds will look to bounce back next Thursday at Milliken in Long Beach.

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