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Late third quarter surge helps Diablos pull away from Highlanders

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Late third quarter surge helps Diablos pull away from Highlanders

Posted on 10 September 2017 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

The La Habra high football team played it even with No. 2 Mission Viejo for about two and a half quarters Friday night, but the Diablos ended the third with three unanswered scores to break the game open and held on for the 42-27 win at La Habra.

Skyler Taylor drives against a Mission Viejo tackler Friday. Photo by Miguel Pola.

La Habra began the third quarter impressively on both sides of the ball to bring the score to 14-13.

The defense forced a quick punt on Mission Viejo’s opening drive, then quarterback Zack Fogel completed two consecutive passes to Mitchell Anderson for 50 yards, capped by a 20-yard touchdown.

Mission Viejo (3-0) answered with a 25-yard touchdown run by Akili Arnold.

The Diablos capitalized on a Fogel interception and partially blocked punt out of the end zone that set them up with a short field on their next two possessions.

Before the end of the quarter, the Highlanders found themselves looking up at a 35-13 deficit. Mission Viejo added one more early in the fourth.

“Their defense made a lot of really good adjustments to what we were doing,” Fogel said. “That [time-frame] right there late in the third wasn’t good for us and they took advantage of it.” 

“[Fogel] struggled to throw the ball tonight,” Mazzotta said. “He does a lot of good things though, made a lot of good reads and runs and stuff like that.”

Arnold was thrust into action midway through the first quarter after starting running back Jamari Ferrell suffered a serious leg injury. The junior responded with career highs in yards (151) and touchdowns (3).

The Highlanders didn’t go quietly. Fogel connected with on two fourth quarter touchdown passes to Deavyn Woullard.  

The Highlanders refusal to go away coupled with the second unit’s inability to move the ball, prompted Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson to insert his first unit back into action with about two minutes to play after sitting for half of the quarter.

The move proved to be a costly decision. On the first play back in the game, starting left guard Chuck Redman suffered an apparent knee injury and had to be carted off the field.

Skyler Taylor carried the ball 17 times for 96 yards for the Highlanders, and with his first quarter touchdown has now scored in each of the Highlanders first three games.

Fogel finished with 142 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Woullard had 59 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

Mission Viejo quarterback Joey Yellen threw for 206 yards and two scores.

Penalties were an issue for the Highlanders all night. They were hit with 12 flags, five of them for pass interference.

“They don’t need help,” Mazzotta said. “I mean bless, good teams don’t need to keep drives alive with that many penalties.”

Mission Viejo has another tough game ahead of them next week when they play Long Beach Poly. Both teams are ranked in the top-10 in the State.

The No. 9 Highlanders (1-2) will try to bounce back next Friday against Oak Grove (0-2) of San Jose at The Pit.

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Mission Viejo uses long ball to rout Highlanders at home

Posted on 14 March 2014 by La Habra Journal

img_6557(rev_1)by Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

Mission Viejo’s power hitters came out swinging against the La Habra High School baseball team as the Highlanders lost to the Diablos, 10-1, at home on Friday in the fifth round of the Newport Elks tournament.

“I’m extremely disappointed, not in the sense that we lost, but we didn’t compete today,” said John Sothern, La Habra head coach. “The past four games we’ve competed very well and we played this same team in the fall and we played extremely well. It was very disappointing to see us come back out again and we’ve been competing, we jumped up in the rankings and done all this great stuff and now here we are, and it’s a noncompetitive game.”

The game was even in the first inning with both teams trying to score the first run of the game.

In the top of the first inning, Mission Viejo’s first three batters hit fly balls to center fielder, Cody Sciacca, who made the catches to quickly end the Diablos’ run on offense. The game was scoreless going into the second inning.

Mission Viejo (5-2) came back swinging in the second inning. The Diablos had runners on first and second base when Matt Rhylick hit a home run over the right field fence, putting them in the lead, 3-0.

In the top of the third inning, Zach McLeod hit the second home run of the game for Mission Viejo, which increased the lead to 5-0.

“We’ve pitched great up to this point,” Sothern said. “We played decent enough defense, we swung the bats well enough, we executed and did everything we needed to do, but today we didn’t throw quality strikes, we didn’t hit our spots, we played defense good enough and the quality of the bats took a dive today too.”

La Habra (2-3) fought back in the bottom of the third inning when Chris Nuanes hit a line drive into left field, allowing Jonathan Hernandez to score. The Highlanders trailed, 5-1, at the end of the third inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, Rhylick hit his second home run, a two-run shot over the right field fence, to put Mission Viejo up 7-1.

The Highlanders played hard on both offense and defense, but couldn’t put up much to show for it late in the game.

“No one expects anything out of us,” Sothern said. “It’s a situation where we’ve been hanging with big time teams for a number of months, in the fall and winter, and here we are in the regular season where it matters and we’ve been competing and we just kind of threw it all out the window.”

La Habra’s next game will be against Fullerton on Wednesday at Fullerton High in the Freeway League opener for both teams.

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Highlanders come up short against top-ranked Mission Viejo

Posted on 21 September 2013 by La Habra Journal


La Habra’s Elijah Carter looks for more running room as Mission Viejo’s Cole Paton attempts to chase him down in the Highlanders’ 46-21 loss, Friday night.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal


CERRITOS – The Mission Viejo Diablos proved they are the number one team in the county with a 46-21 victory over the La Habra Highlanders, Friday, at Cerritos College.

“We got beat by a great team today,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “We made some mistakes but they beat us. We will go back to practice and do what we do.”

Turnovers were an issue for La Habra, as sophomore quarterback Eric Barriere was intercepted three times despite throwing for 201 yards and scoring a rushing touchdown. Elijah Carter was the prime target, hauling in seven passes for 96 yards.

The Highlanders also fumbled a pitch at their own 19-yard line, which led to a Diablos touchdown.

Things did not start off well for the Highlanders. The Diablos (4-0) moved the ball down into La Habra territory with relative ease. La Habra did force Mission Viejo to try to convert a fourth and 14 from the 33-yard-line.

Diablo quarterback Ian Fieber hit Andrew Schuurs with a 28-yard pass to get Mission Viejo a first-and-goal from the 5-yard-line. On the next play Alex Suchesk pounded the ball in for a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Highlanders’ first drive started from their own 18-yard-line after a holding call on the return.

They could not get anything going and Eric Barriere was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety, and the Diablos took a 9-0 lead.

The second drive for the Diablos was more of the same. Mission Viejo drove the ball down, without much resistance, and Suchesk pounded in a 4-yard touchdown.


La Habra running back Carlos Martin finds open space for a big gain in the Highlanders’ 46-21 loss to Mission Viejo, Friday night.

The Highlanders’ offense got their legs going in their second series and drove down the field for an 80-yard touchdown drive, to cut the deficit to 16-7. The drive culminated with a 2-yard run by Carlos Martin.

The junior running back scored twice and led the Highlanders ground game with 50 yards.

La Habra’s defense also got its act together and stopped Mission Viejo on its ensuing possession on fourth down around midfield.

But the Highlanders (3-1) got pushed back and turned the ball over on a fumble at their own 19-yard-line.

The Diablos took advantage of the field position and scored on a 17-yard pass from Fieber to Connor Hill, to take a 23-7 lead with 5:30 remaining in the half.

After the touchdown, La Habra took over at the 20-yard-line and Barriere threw an interception that Brayden Roesch returned 25 yards for a touchdown, to expand the lead to 30-7.

La Habra started the second half with a turnover on downs and Mission Viejo picked up right where they left off. The Diablos marched right down the field again, and Fieber and Schuurs connected for a 10-yard score, to make the lead 37-7.

Barriere fumbled a snap on the ensuing Highlander drive, and the Diablos took over at the La Habra 24-yard-line. The Highlander defense held strong and forced Mission Viejo to attempt a 22-yard field goal. Zach Olson drilled it right through the uprights to give the Diablos a 40-7 lead, right at the end of the third quarter.

The Highlander offense finally began to click and they drove the ball all the way down following a touch back. The drive was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Barriere.

After a three-and-out, the Highlanders took over at their own 44-yard-line. The Highlanders got a nice 20-yard gain on the first play, but on the second play Barriere threw an interception and Mission Viejo took over at their own 3-yard-line.

“Eric is a tough kid,” Mazzotta said. “He showed some good signs today and I have no doubt that he will be ready to go next week.

La Habra tight end DJ Cloy lines up and readies himself for the Highlanders' upcoming play in a 46-21 loss to Mission Viejo, Friday night,

La Habra tight end DJ Cloy lines up and readies himself for the Highlanders’ upcoming play in a 46-21 loss to Mission Viejo, Friday night,

With 1:53 remaining in the game, Carlos Martin carried in a two-yard score to cut the deficit to 40-21. The Highlanders then tried an onside kick, which failed.

The Diablos did not let up, and Jaloni Miller caught a touchdown pass from Hunter Bland. The ensuing two-point conversion failed, so the Diablos took a 46-21 lead.

Fieber finished with 144 yards through the air for Mission Viejo, while Suchesk added 57 yards on the ground.

Gaines was tough on the defensive line with four tackles for loss and two sacks.



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