Highlanders roll past Indians
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.”
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.
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.
“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.