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Highlanders roll past Indians

Posted on 17 October 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

La Habra continued its Freeway League winning streak by beating Fullerton, 42-7, at home Friday night.

 

The Highlanders (4-3,2-0) came off a big win in their season opener against Buena Park with a goal of improving against Fullerton (3-4, 0-2).

 

“We wanted to keep pushing to get better,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “That’s all we try to do every week, get a little better and improve the things we had some trouble with and eventually you end up being a really good team.”

La Habra's Carlos Martin breaks to the outside.  Martin rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday.

La Habra’s Carlos Martin breaks to the outside. Martin rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday.

 

The spotlight was on the Highlanders’ offense, which scored five touchdowns in the first half.

 

La Habra’s offensive leaders again were Eric Barriere, who threw two touchdown passes, and Carlos Martin, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 156 yards.

 

“We just wanted to go out there and do the same thing we did last week,” Barriere said. “We didn’t want to slow down, we wanted to keep on going. It was a really good win tonight. Everyone put in a good team effort to get the win.”

 

La Habra’s defense had a solid game a made some big plays to hold the Indians to only one touchdown.

 

The Highlanders’ defense held the Indians and forced them to punt on their first possession of the game.

 

La Habra started it off by making its way down the field and scored off a pass from Barriere to give the Highlanders the lead over Fullerton, 7-0.

La Habra Quarterback Eric Barriere looks for an open receiver.  He passed for two touchdowns Friday.

La Habra Quarterback Eric Barriere looks for an open receiver. He passed for two touchdowns Friday.

 

Minutes into the second quarter, Barriere faked a handoff and ran 12 yards into the end zone to put the Highlanders up 14-0.

 

Fullerton scored its first points of the game off a touchdown pass with a little over seven minutes remaining in the first half.

 

La Habra responded with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Barriere to Martin to advance their score to 28-7.

 

With less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Barriere connected his second touchdown pass of the night to Amon Fellows, advancing their lead to 35-7 going into halftime.

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“There’s always little minor adjustments that we try to make at halftime but no matter what the score is, the whole point is to try to get better,” Mazzotta said about his halftime speech.

 

Late in the third quarter Martin scored the final touchdown of the game off a 53-yard run into the end zone.

 

“They absolutely played the way I wanted them to,” Mazzotta said. “We’ve been playing the way I want them to play a lot. The mistakes are really starting to be cut down and that’s the important thing.”

 

La Habra will be at home again next week for their homecoming game against Sunny Hills on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Highlanders hold off Coyotes in league opener

Posted on 11 October 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Jourmal

Buena Park couldn’t stop La Habra’s Freeway League winning streak, as the Highlanders beat the Coyotes 42-35 on the road in their season opener Friday night.

La Habra's MikeWheeler takes down Buena Park quarterback Zach Taylor Friday during the Highlander's 42-35 victory.

La Habra’s MikeWheeler takes down Buena Park quarterback Zach Taylor Friday during the Highlander’s 42-35 victory.

 

The Highlanders haven’t lost a league game since 2006, but the Coyotes weren’t going down without a fight.

 

Being one of the biggest matchups of the season for both teams, this was the first time La Habra (3-3, 1-0) and Buena Park (5-1,0-1) played each other in a season opener.

 

“We’re 1-0 in the freeway league,” said La Habra Head Coach Frank Mazzotta. “That was a 5-0 team and we got our first league victory. Coming off of a bye you never know, but I think the kids came out and performed well. I can’t argue with a league win.”

 

La Habra’s defense came out strong and forced Buena Park to punt on the first possession of the game.

 

The Highlanders made their way down the field and on fourth down quarterback Eric Barriere ran 22 yards, untouched, into the end zone. La Habra led 7-0 with less than 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

 

Seconds later, Buena Park responded with a 52-yard touchdown run from Marcus Loudon to tie the game at 7.

 

The game remained tied at 7 going into the second quarter.

 

Six seconds into the second quarter, La Habra’s Carlos Martin scored off an 11-yard run to regain the lead over Buena Park, 14-7.

La Habra running back Carlos Martin pushes through Buena Park defenders to score one of his four touchdowns Friday night.

La Habra running back Carlos Martin pushes through Buena Park defenders to score one of his four touchdowns Friday night.

 

Buena Park came back and tied it at 14, but La Habra fired back with a 74-yard touchdown run from Martin to regain the lead, 21-14.

 

The Highlanders’ defense forced the Coyotes to punt on their next possession. On third and 12 from their own 7-yard line, La Habra’s Barriere connected a pass to CJ Taylor who ran 92 yards into the end zone, giving them their biggest lead of the night.

 

La Habra’s two-touchdown lead didn’t last long. With a little over 20 second left in the first half, the Coyotes scored off a 5-yard pass from quarterback Zach Taylor.

 

La Habra led, 28-21, going into halftime.

 

“I think the defense had two key stops in the second half,” Mazzotta said about the turning point in the game. “We have to get stops on defense, that’s ultimately it.”

 

After stopping La Habra on its first possession of the third quarter, Buena Park scored once more to tie the game at 28.

 

With a few minutes remaining in the third quarter, La Habra was faced with a fourth and four on their own 44-yard line. After both teams took a timeout, a penalty was called against the Coyotes for illegal substitution, giving the Highlanders the first down on Buena Park’s 39-yard line.

 

With 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Highlanders scored off a run from Martin, giving them a 35-28 lead over Buena Park. La Habra carried that lead into the fourth quarter.

 

After a back-and-forth start to the fourth quarter, La Habra scored to regain its two-touchdown lead over Buena Park, 42-28.

 

With 53 seconds remaining, Buena Park scored the last touchdown of the game. The Coyotes’ attempt at an onside kick to regain possession of the ball didn’t work, giving La Habra its 36th consecutive league win.

 

Carlos Martin led the Highlanders with four touchdowns and 155 rushing yards.

 

“It was a great game and it was a great opportunity to go against a 5-0 team,” Martin said. “We played hard and came out with a victory.”

 

The Highlanders’ will next host Fullerton for its homecoming game Friday night.

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