Highlanders start strong and crush Eagles in Saturday rout
By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal
La Habra’s 42 first-half points spoiled the Oak Grove Eagles’ trip south from San Jose abruptly Saturday afternoon at Mission Viejo High School.
Following a tough loss to Mission Viejo at home last week that capped a gauntlet three game stretch to open the season, the Highlanders(2-2) were able to even up their record behind Zach Fogel’s three first half touchdowns, with nine different Highlanders reaching the end zone.
“We’ve been playing some really good teams and I think we’ve been playing hard and doing what we are supposed to do,” La Habra Head Coach Frank Mazzotta said. “You know every once in awhile you’re do for an outing like this where things just kinda click and go your way.”
Skyler Taylor opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run on the Highlanders opening drive. It was Taylor’s team leading ninth touchdown this season.
Fogel then spread the ball around on 5-8, 155 yards passing. He found Mitchell Anderson and Deavyn Woullard early for scores, then capped off his impressive half by hitting Kelani Washington with an over the shoulder 29-yard touchdown with :07 seconds left.
In a game where everything seem to go the Highlanders way, Mazzotta said he was most impressed with the offensive line and Fogel’s improvement at quarterback.
“I think Zach threw the ball a little better, and that’s one thing that we’ve been trying to impress upon.”
“I’m always going to put a lot of pressure on myself to get better every week,” Fogel said. “I got better this week and we’ll try to do it again next week.”
Special teams got in on the scoring as well. Isaiah Alcocer returned a missed fg 99 yards for a touchdown on the Eagles opening drive.
With the score being lopsided so quickly, Taylor gave way to linebacker Kobah Fuamatu in the backfield midway through the second quarter. Fuamatu carried the ball twice for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Young added the final score in the fourth quarter to make it 49-0.
La Habra and Oak Grove(0-3) were both CIF Champions in 2015.
The Highlanders will take on Colony(3-1) in Ontario next Friday in their final non-league game. The Titans are coming off a 41-20 victory over Norte Vista.