Highlanders fall in OT to Titans in tight battle

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

After a tightly locked battle on the field it came down to overtime where Tesoro beat the Highlanders with a point after touchdown 14-13.
After coming back to tie the game and taking it to overtime, The Highlanders had the ball first. La

Photo by Paul Luna Taking him down: La Habra's Alan Giron tackles Tesoro's Chase Peterson duing the Highlander's loss Friday in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Photo by Paul Luna
Taking him down: La Habra’s Alan Giron tackles Tesoro’s Chase Peterson duing the Highlander’s loss Friday in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Habra drove down 10 yards from the 25 yard line when Madison Wheeler ran one into the endzone. The point after went wide and kept the score at 13.
It was then Tesoro’s turn.  The Highlander defense held the Titans and looked like they might be able to stop their Division 1 opponents, only letting them gain three yards.
However, with a fourth and 7, Chase Petersen connected with Graeden Sharp for 10 yards and the first down. Petersen finished with 160 yards in the air.
The Highlander defense stood up again, but Petersen hit sophomore Joe Morenc in the end zone and the point after was good for the win.
La Habra (1-1) started the game strong, but penalties caused two Highlanders touchdowns in the first half to be erased.
Prince Ross returned a punt 91 yards in the first-quarter, but an illegal block to the back had it taken away. Ross would finish with 62 yards receiving. Rene Palacios added 22 yards receiving.

Photo by Paul Luna defenders Friday night. Anderson finished with 65 yards rushing.
Photo by Paul Luna
defenders Friday night. Anderson finished with 65 yards rushing.

Wheeler took what could have been a pick six interception 64 yards in the second quarter, but another blocking penalty dashed those points.
Wheeler got in the endzone again in the third quarter, this time without penalties, and tied up the game for the Highlanders.
Peterson had connected with Seth Gilmore for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the Titans (1-1).
La Habra will face another tough south county team when they travel to Mission Viejo (2-0) Friday to take on the Diablos.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.