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Phillips shines as La Habra spoils Colony homecoming

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Phillips shines as La Habra spoils Colony homecoming

Posted on 23 September 2017 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

Sophomore cornerback Clark Phillips III returned three interceptions for touchdowns to key La Habra’s 49-14 blowout victory over Colony High School in Ontario Friday night.

“I ate a lot [for breakfast] today, eggs, bacon, grits, sausage and I just prayed for a good game,” Phillips said, when asked how he prepared for his breakout game. “I just want to thank god for this awesome opportunity and the coaches for giving me the opportunity.”

Photo by Paul Luna – La Habra sophomore cornerback Clark Phillips III with one of his three interceptions against Colony Friday.


Phillips also feasted on fellow sophomore, quarterback Marco Gonzalez, who entered the game midway through the Titans opening drive after starter Joseph Tesimale left with an apparent knee injury.

After Gonzalez lead the Titans the rest of the way down the field and inched over the goal line on 4th down to take an early lead, the Titan offense appeared to not skip a beat.

But Phillips intercepted Gonzalez on the Titans next possession and returned it 38 yards down the sideline to tie the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter.

After the Highlanders took a narrow 21-14 lead into halftime, Phillips spurred a 28-point third quarter surge with two more interception returns.

Quarterback Zack Fogel lead the Highlanders down the field on the opening drive of the half connecting with Deavyn Woullard, who made a diving catch in the back of the end zone for a 45-yard score– the first of their two touchdowns in the quarter.

Photo By Paul Luna -Highlander Quarterback Zack Fogel throws a pass in La Habra’s road win Friday against Colony High School.

Phillips followed with his most miraculous play of the night, leaping up to grab an Gonzalez’s overthrown pass with one hand and streaking down the sideline 42 yards for the score to make it 35-14 just three minutes into the third quarter.

Phillips said afterwards that his ball skills and return ability come from playing offense his whole life. He has only been playing cornerback since coming to high school. Prior to that, he had always played running back.

Head coach Frank Mazzotta has taken notice, finding ways to get Phillips increasingly involved on the offensive side of the ball as the season goes on as well.

After Fogel found Woullard again for a 17-yard touchdown, Phillips pulled a pick-six hat-trick with a 60-yard touchdown, again streaking down the La Habra sideline–this time waving bye as he accelerated past the Titans 6’5” wide receiver Michael Ezeike.

Fogel’s night was far more impressive than his modest 92 yards and two touchdowns suggest.

The senior quarterback was accurate all night, but the Highlander receivers had a case of the drops early on, including three in a row that stalled the opening drive of the game.

“I’m telling you right now, [Fogel] has struggled throwing the ball in the past,” Mazzotta said. “But Zack has gotten a lot better and you saw that tonight, this is a culmination of 18 games starting now and the ball is in the right places, he threw it with some velocity and hit people in the hands–that’s what I’m most happy about honestly.”

“Obviously the time helps, experience makes everyone better especially at the quarterback position,” Fogel said. “The coaching is just superb, we watch a lot of film and honestly you don’t want to be your best week-one, we want to be our best in the playoffs, so we’re just trying to get closer to that each week.”

Photo by Paul Luna – a Habra sophomore cornerback Clark Phillips III runs back one of his three interceptions for a touchdown.

Skyler Taylor kept his scoring streak intact, leaping over the pile for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Despite giving way to other running backs for much of the second half in each of the Highlanders three lopsided victories, Taylor impressively has 11 rushing touchdowns and at least one in each game this season.

The loss drops Colony to 3-2 this season. The Titans struggled without Tesimale and the extent of his injury is unknown. Head coach Steve Randall said he will know more on Monday or Tuesday.

Perhaps the most shocking stat line was the penalty disparity between the two teams. Colony finished the game without an official penalty enforced against them. They were called for holding in the third quarter, however it came on the heels of Gonzalez being sacked, so the penalty was declined by La Habra.

While it’s unclear how long he will be sidelined, fortunately Randall will have two weeks to either get his quarterback healthy or prepare for their first league game against Chaffey without him since the Titans have a bye week coming up.

La Habra improved its record to 3-2 heading into league play. Their two losses came against Upland, the top team in CIF Division 2, and Mission Viejo, the No. 2 team in Division 1.

The Highlanders open league against a much improved Sunny Hills (4-0) at Buena Park High School Oct. 6. The Lancers feature one of the top rushers in Orange County, Alex Jung.

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Highlanders stand tall against Titans in OT

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Highlanders stand tall against Titans in OT

Posted on 24 September 2016 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

Several times throughout the game it appeared the La Habra football team might be headed towards its fourth consecutive loss and second at home, but the Highlanders fought back to push it into overtime, and eventually came away with the 42-36 victory over a talented Colony team Friday night.

Photo By Miguel Pola Senior Madison Wheeler zig-zags his way into end zone from 11 yds out to give La Habra the 42-36 OT victory

Senior Madison Wheeler zig-zags his way into end zone from 11 yds out to give La Habra the 42-36 OT victory — Photo by Miguel Pola

It was a seesaw battle all night long, with the lead changing hands by the quarter as both teams key players made big-time plays and traded their best shots.

Titan’s 6-foot-4 receiver Michael Ezeike got the better of the Highlander defense for the majority of the second half, despite blanket coverage from Derrick Corso.

“Honestly you have to shake that play off and go to the next play,” Corso said. “You just gotta keep fighting, it really came down to who wanted it more.”

And it was the 5-foot-8 Corso who stood tall late in the game, coming up with a pair of interceptions on passes intended for Ezeike down the stretch, including one in overtime.

“That’s what you are supposed to do, fight, that’s what life’s about, you aren’t always going to have an advantage, sometimes you are going to have a disadvantage but you just have to battle and fight.” Mazzotta said. “And playing DB, you have to get over it and move on to the next play.”

Corso also shined on offense, taking an option from quarterback Zach Fogel into the end zone from 72 yards out for his touchdown this season.

“I knew it was going to come sooner or later, it felt great though,” Corso said.

La Habra's Alan Giron makes a great run in the first quarter against Colony High School.—Photo by Miguel Pola

La Habra’s Alan Giron makes a great run in the first quarter against Colony High School.—Photo by Miguel Pola

The Highlanders went into the half down 16-7, but quickly turned the tides when they scored three consecutive touchdowns during a six minute stretch in the third quarter.

Madison Wheeler sparked the Highlander offense to open the second half with his 44-yard touchdown run operating at quarterback in the pistol formation.

A few minutes later, Wheeler struck again with a 44-yard punt return that set up the next score, a 16-yard run by Prince Ross on an end around.

After Corso added his score, the Highlanders seemed to have a comfortable 28-16 lead nearing the end of the third quarter.

But Colony quarterback Joseph Tesimale started to get into a rhythm throwing the ball to Ezeike. The Titans roared back to take the lead thanks to Ezeike’s six catches and two touchdowns the next three drives. He also set up a third score with a 25-yard grab on a fourth-and-long play.

Nathan Tilford who came into the game already possessing a 300-yard rushing game this season, scored from nine yards out to put the Titans ahead 30-28. The Highlander defense made Tilford earn all 102 yards and two touchdowns that he finished with.

Linebacker Marcus Carrasco shadowed Tilford in pass coverage and prevented him from getting around the corner on most plays.

Carrasco also came up with a big sack late in the fourth quarter that forced the Titans to punt from their own 7-yard-line, insuring the Highlanders a chance to win it in overtime.

Despite the wealth of playmakers on both teams, perhaps none were more explosive than Fogel’s go to receiver, Ross.

Ross hauled in two catches on the night, which he turned into a pair of 60-yard touchdowns. His second touchdown catch pushed the game into overtime. Ross finished with 148 yards of total offense and three touchdowns on just five touches.

La Habra Freshman Jacobah Fuamatu ends the first half with a 30-yard run. —Photo by Miguel Pola

La Habra Freshman Jacobah Fuamatu ends the first half with a 30-yard run. —Photo by Miguel Pola

Ross said afterwards that he really worked on his hands in the offseason so that he could take advantage of every chance he got this year.

In overtime, both teams turned the ball over. After a muffed handoff gave the Titans the ball with an opportunity to win with any score, Corso picked off Tesimale in the end zone to give the Highlanders new life.

Tesimale led the Titan offense inside the 10, but Isaiah Alcocer stepped in front of another Tesimale pass in the end zone to turn the table. On first-and-ten from the 11, head coach Frank Mazzotta went back to Wheeler and the pistol.

Wheeler followed his blockers, zigging and zagging his way into the end zone for the game winning score.

“He [Wheeler] looked at me and said ‘coach I got this’, so I put him in there at the end,” Mazzotta said.

Fogel finished the game 8-18 for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Titans, Tesimale threw for 224 yards and three scores, but also had three picks, 154 yards and two touchdowns went to Ezeike.

The Highlanders (2-3) begin league against Troy (3-1) on Friday October 7 at home.

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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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