Great weekend of area high school football, with last second touchdowns, come-from-behind rallies, surprise performances, overcoming adversity, rivals clashing and clutch efforts.
A quick look:
La Serna 33, Whittier 29: Never-say-die Lancers save the best for last, scoring all 33 points in the fourth quarter, including winning it on a last-play-of-the-game pass.
La Mirada 42, Norwalk 33: One might say the Matadores spotted the Southern Division No. 1-ranked Lancers a 19-point lead (26-7) late in the first half, then the defense woke up and helped the team to the top of the Suburban League.
Santa Fe 21, El Rancho 3: The Chiefs lose their QB (Alex Flores) for the season two two weeks ago, so everyone figures the offense will be run-run-run, but backup QB Justin Rincon steps in to throw for 231 yards and three touchdowns.
La Habra 47, Troy 14: Standout RB Joshua Quezada stays home with the flu and coach Frank Mazzotta merely opens the cupboard and pulls out another quality back, this one Ahmad Avery, who responds with 177 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Schurr 34, Montebello 12: They say you can “throw out the records” when two of the area’s biggest rivals meet, but the favorite in this one won, and in such a manner as to send a message to this week’s opponent, San Gabriel, that the Spartans are ready to defend their Almont League title.
California 37, Pioneer 0: RB Terris Jones, PK Tyler Hadden and the Condors’ offense get their usual share of kudos for another impressive performance, but the defense steps into the spotlight for this one for never allowing the pass-happy and dangerous Titans to get their attack going. Four interceptions and an unofficial 14 hurries.
Cantwell 43, Don Bosco Tech 21: Everyone had a hand in this one, the offense producing five touchdown passes and the defense forcing five turnovers, as the Cardinals stay alive in the Camino Real League.
Whittier Christian 49, Firebaugh 0: After a pair of sub-par (for him) games, Garrett Fulbright returned to form and scored five touchdowns to lead Heralds in a game that was played with a running clock for the second half.
St. Francis 34, St. Paul 7: On a night when the defense had problems, the Swordsmen’s offense failed to pick up the slack, and they find themselves needing to win their last two games to have a shot at the postseason playoffs.