Friday Night Recap: La Habra lets it slip away; St. Paul wins big and La Mirada breaks through with big win over La Serna

So who’s No. 1 now?
Friday saw area power La Habra jump on Orange Lutheran only to lose to another Trinity League foe, dropping a painful 30-24 setback in overtime, while No. 2 St. Paul routed what some thought was a good Garfield team, 31-8. And how to you explain La Mirada, which was 0-3 and coming off a thrashing by Bishop Amat, scoring a 31-0 over previously-unbeaten La Serna.
Here’s a brief look at how the area fared:

Orange Lutheran 30, No. 1 La Habra 24 – What can you say? This is one the Highlanders appeared to have. La Habra, getting two first-half touchdowns from Brett Bartolone, led 24-8, only to see the Lancers rally for two second-half touchdowns before winning it when Brady Roelofs recovered Jabari Wilson’s fumble in the end zone. If anything, the Highlanders proved they can go toe-to-to with the top teams in the section.
No. 2 St. Paul 31, Garfield 8 – Paul Telles threw for 219 yards and two TDs and fullback Paul Echeverria scored two TDs and the Swordsmen laid claim to the top spot after routing a team that traditional-power Bishop Amat beat at home, just 14-0. Are they worthy?
La Mirada 31, No. 3 La Serna 0 – I finally jump on the Lancers’ bandwagon, and this is the thanks? But a big win for the Mats, who got 120 yards passing from Gerry Myres and 114 rushing from Adam Carraco. I can see La Mirada making a big jump in the rankings.
El Rancho 22, No. 4 Montebello 7 – The Dons, getting 95 yards rushing from Ronnel Lone, finally lived up to those pre-season expectations, gaining an impressive win over the Oilers.
Esperanza 21, No. 5 Santa Fe 19 – This was one i thought the Chiefs could win. It won’t get easier next week as Charter Oak, one of the top teams in the East San Gabriel Valley, comes to town.
Whittier Christian 28, St. Margaret’s 7 – The Heralds, getting 169 yards from quarterback Daniel Chacon, bounced back from last week’s loss to Kern Valley.
Cantwell 21, Bell Gardens 20 — The Cardinals, getting a late TD from Jared Gonzales, edged the Lancers, who lost by one point to an area team for the second consecutive week.
California 33, Sonora 14 – An impressive win for the Condors over the Raiders, who advanced to the Southwest semifinals last season. A monster game from Miguel Cardiel, who had 23 tackles and a key fumble recovery. Aaron Garcia also had 146 yards rushing for California, who are looking like a team capable of cracking the top five.
El Toro 48, Schurr 0 – It’s beginning to look like a long season for the Spartans, who got routed for the third consecutive week.
Whittier 27, L.A. Roosevelt 20 – Look who is 3-0! An impressive win for the Cardinals on the road.

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  • Amat 2012

    La Habra is doing what we all new they would do, they are competing but bottom line is the lost! Next week Bosco will keep the La Habra VS Pac 5 schools at 0-7 their last 7 meetings. La Habra stay in D7 or whatever you will never beat the big boys.

  • Still Laughing

    Maybe you should look to the conference rankings as in your earlier post this week in which these teams play in. Just a thought…

    Fundamentals, fundamentals, FUNDAMENTALS!

  • Whittier

    What did I say, a blow out from ST PAUL again… I’m sure we will get #1 spot now right steve…?

  • GetReady

    Keep La Habra #1, NO ONE has played and have been in the games with ANY PAC 5 schools like they have been…and NO ONE in the WDN 13 can compete with the Highlanders and yes…based on record keep St Paul at #2 but take into consideration the combine records of their opponents is 1-11 as opposed to LH’s opponents 11-5 before you make SP #1. La Mirada lost to both to LH and St. Paul (+ Bishop Amat) and BEAT #3 La Serna but despite their 1-3 record, La Mirada should be #3 OR the spots for 3, 4 and 5 should go to Santa Fe, Cantwell (I cant believe Im writing this) or La Mirada. Sorry La Serna, being SHUT OUT 31-0 comes with the priceBUT, its early in the season and Im confident youll bounce back in the top 5 you gotta beat Santa Fe.

  • Still Laughing

    But LH still HASN’T beat ANY OF THOSE D1′s, just like the rest of the area hasn’t.

    Coulda shoulda woulda doesn’t gain any street respect; winning a championship in a COMPETITIVE division does. 8-man football teams are proud of their championships too…

  • georgie of LM

    Too Bad for La Habra on Friday night. Played their butts off only to come up a little short. But they had the lead and should have won it. Good luck against StJB. I would rank La Habra as No 1 in the area. As a LM parent that lost to both teams, i saw both in action. St Paul is a very good team, with a great QB,Rb’s, and DB’s. But i think La habra would beat them in a game. Both teams have good speed, but La Habra is bigger and i believe would wear them down. Just my thoughts on it. LM played a great game against La Serna. The game was actually a little closer than the score reflects. A couple of big mistakes in the red zone by La Serna in the first half really hurt them. (forced fumble and an interception to end the half)

  • oldguy59

    Amat2012 I’m assuming that you are an Amat homer. Servite 49 Amat 14. It seems that you are in the wrong division as well. At least La Habra played the Friars close.

  • Still Laughing

    @oldguy59-
    And you’re not a La Habra homer? Ya, right…

  • Laughing with you

    I spoke with a La Habra dad and asked him why La Habra has languished in a lower division so long. He said that the rest of the sports programs would have to move up in division with the football team, so it’s not in the cards.

    This dad went on to admit that La Habra’s league games are not contests, they are annihilations. I told him that THIS is why I won’t see La Habra play its league opponents. He agreed that only the Highlanders’ preseason and postseason are worth watching.

    I like the Mazzottas and do not wish to denigrate them. But I find the antics of many La Habra fans tiresome, because they carry on as if they were winning titles in a top-tier division. La Habra is probably on par with teams like Edison or Los Alamitos, but you don’t hear such hyperbole from those schools’ boosters.

    It’s a certainty that if La Habra switched places with either of the above schools, they would find the going rough. My proof? In the first two of their preseason meetings with Pac 5 teams, THEY HAVE FOUND THE GOING ROUGH!

    No achievement on this planet is truly enjoyable if it is tainted or comes with an asterick. La Habra fans know that their championships and “dominance” have been against sub-par teams. If they think they are fooling anyone, they are worse than I thought.

  • A Fan

    Ok I’m now really sick and tired of all these people hating on LaHabra just cuz their the best team in area and up there in the ranks of southern california.. Look the reason Mazzota is playing these schools in the preseason is so they can play for the state championship and represent the state of CA..! He knows that they are too talented for their league and division, so yeah they need to play the best! Years ago they were a division below the DRL (with the DRL) and they kept winning that division, then they moved them up to the southeast division where they kept winning that division, and they have moved up to division they are in now and we all know they keep winning that one too..! What do u want coach Mazzota to do he’s trying to get to the top but to get in the PAC 5 is not easy! But from the way they are going they will be there soon! And where u compare them to other teams in the area stop it please! They played a bad game against LM with a backup QB and by the way they have faced servite and orange lutheran this year and last hear with back up qb’s! And they still almost beat both this year!! You have to admit that ridiculous! Let Bishop Amat play Servite or OLu with they back and watch the game not even be close! Oh wait my bad it wasn’t close against servite with their starter!! Haha and also before la habra made commitments to there preseason schedule they were wide and just say unofficially St.Paul never called them back..! Athletic director to athletic director knows the truth on that one haha.. When healthy La Habra can play and beat those schools and I’m not here to make excuses for them but people that know high school football knows that no matter what u can’t compete the same with out ur starting qb it’s a fact! It’s not college or NFL where every qb on the depth chart has been successful..! It sucks that la habra has to wait till next preseason to show everyone!

  • A Fan

    Ok I’m now really sick and tired of all these people hating on LaHabra just cuz their the best team in area and up there in the ranks of southern california.. Look the reason Mazzota is playing these schools in the preseason is so they can play for the state championship and represent the state of CA..! He knows that they are too talented for their league and division, so yeah they need to play the best! Years ago they were a division below the DRL (with the DRL) and they kept winning that division, then they moved them up to the southeast division where they kept winning that division, and they have moved up to division they are in now and we all know they keep winning that one too..! What do u want coach Mazzota to do he’s trying to get to the top but to get in the PAC 5 is not easy! But from the way they are going they will be there soon! And where u compare them to other teams in the area stop it please! They played a bad game against LM with a backup QB and by the way they have faced servite and orange lutheran this year and last hear with back up qb’s! And they still almost beat both this year!! You have to admit that ridiculous! Let Bishop Amat play Servite or OLu with they back and watch the game not even be close! Oh wait my bad it wasn’t close against servite with their starter!! Haha and also before la habra made commitments to there preseason schedule they were wide and just say unofficially St.Paul never called them back..! Athletic director to athletic director knows the truth on that one haha.. When healthy La Habra can play and beat those schools and I’m not here to make excuses for them but people that know high school football knows that no matter what u can’t compete the same with out ur starting qb it’s a fact! It’s not college or NFL where every qb on the depth chart has been successful..! It sucks that la habra has to wait till next preseason to show everyone!

  • Also a fan

    @Laughing with you – I agree it is the antics as you call them of LH fans that gets rather tiresome. I know a lot of LH parents and kids….some really good people but there are those LH homers that get a little annoying after awhile.

    @A fan I’ll admit the Highlanders have done well against quality teams but don’t go pounding your chest because you almost beat them. A loss is a loss. Then you go play that Pop Warner league schedule. This year with Villa Park in the mix it will be difficult for LH to repeat. You also have your information wrong on LH calling St. Paul. It was the other way around. LH won’t play St. Paul as they have said they have nothing to gain and more to lose.

  • A Fan

    @ also a fan, man you really really really must not know football! I totally understand a lost is a lost, but can you say that the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants are better than Mike Vicks Eagles?! The Eagles were winning both games when Vick got knocked out and than lost both games! What does that tell you? That even in the NFL the best team doesn’t always win, watch what happens in the playoffs against either one of those teams when Vick plays the whole game!! Who would you put your money on? Ahh.. yeah Vick I thought so! So that’s the first part where you don’t know what your talking about.. Give credit when credit is due! And by the way what team do you support? And LH would of definitely won both of those games with their starting QB they were clearly better, like I said earlier it’s just unfortunate that they don’t get another shot till next year…

    Now the second part where you’re wrong again… don’t listen to the hearsay you might hear at a St. Paul football game! Ask Mazzota right now if he would play St. Paul he would say YES in a second! A win against any private school would certainly help his chances of getting to a state championship game and for the real truth ask your old St. Paul coach Pete Gonzales at the time, LH wanted preseason game #3 and guess what St.Paul wanted to instead schedule Garfield because of the relationship he had with those coaches and area, since he’s a montebello/east la native.. So get you’re info straight how horrible would that be for St. Paul to get smashed by LH which they definitely would (on this one LH could use their freshman qb haha) with all the crap they talk cuz their a private school and so much better than everyone. There not good at all, they wouldn’t score a point on LH defense!

  • Football Guru

    SP people,

    Anyone who thinks that SP would beat La Habra truely has no common sense or football knowledge. SP would have zero chance of a victory. I have seen both teams play and LH would beat them by 35. LH is way too physical and skilled for SP to handle. SP hasn’t played anyone. The teams have a combined record of 1-11. SP people are the ones with the bad attitudes. They will always be the scum of the area. Always have been always will….

  • Whittier

    @Football Guru/ A Fan said:

    HAha there we go again, just because we don’t play anyone this year doesn’t mean LH can beat us. Wow you play 3 D1 schools this year… and yet you will be 0-3. St Paul will be up by next year and have all preseason D1 teams with the new coaching staff! LH don’t talk Sh!T if you DONT have a state championship.. ST PAUL has 3.. need I say more. NO

  • Just asking

    I went to a La Habra game last season and was truly impressed by their level of play. I am a SP fan but really enjoy watching local teams do well. Here is my question, with all the hate that La Habra has for St. Paul why did they name their stadium after St. Paul’s “Pit” why is their fight song the same one as SP Paul? I have been to games since the 60s in the area and I don’t recall La Habra having that fight song or the stadium being called the Pit back then. Anyhow, for all the talking that’s made La Habra sure does use the St. Paul blueprint and why not it works right? I agree with La Habra at #1 but feel St. Paul is right there. It will be interesting to see if both teams win out the rest of the way I’d give the nod to St. Paul then but the rankings are right as of now. Best of luck to both teams this season!!

  • A Fan

    @ whittier & just asking…

    First Whittier, you’re pretty crazy man just a little note of consideration, I’ve been in this area for a long time and St. Paul is just as bad as the Dodgers when you talk about how great you’re gonna be next year!!! HAHA.. But the funny thing is that it’s actually true.. And St.Paul has no business being on the same field as LH people that really know football (not parents that watch NFL and college on the weekends) but real coaches or people that understand strategy and personel and ability to win, understand that LH would beat St. Paul this year and next year and whatever year you want to play them by 35 or more!! And I really can’t believe that you can talk about LH possibly going 0-3 to 3 pac 5 schools? Losing by a TD to the number 1 and 4 teams ranked in the state of California with your backup Qb and to top it off with the opportunity to win both of them.. Come on man! You have to look at the facts and go ahead and be ignorant and say “well the fact is that they lost” in terms of football thats ignorant! If St.Paul lost to Servite or OLU by a TD you would be ranting and raving how great they are, instead you can talk about how you beat Garfield or Norwalk, do you know what the score would be if LH played either of those two teams? They couldn’t..! It would be a waste of everyones time! And mark my words St. Paul will NEVER NEVER EVER win another State Championship it’s not 1960 anymore! But can you say that LH will never win one? Say it, I dare you and see how many people think you’re ignorant!

    And Just Asking, sorry bro but the 60′s are over and real difference is that LH wins championships and St. Paul doesn’t! If LH played Chaminade and HW and all the schools in your league it would be the same result as it is in their league – undefeated! Just accept it.. and when you see the way LH plays on offense and defense it’s nothing like St. Paul… fight songs and the names of your stadium don’t make you win buddy! St. Pauls old style offense that is soooo boring to watch and doesn’t even compare to what LH does, they can power you, spread you, trap you, etc.. they’ll pick you apart based on what your defense does! Not just do the same crap over and over again that someone who played for St. Paul 15-20 years ago can call the offensive play in the stands before it happens! Pathetic! haha.. Put it this way.. if your son is stud right now what football school in the area are you sending him too? St. Paul or LH… no brainer!

  • Just asking

    A Fan,

    It was a simple question no need to bring down programs. Why would you put any team down? Your myopic views are evident I never attacked La Habra I asked a simple question, that in general is a true ignorance and immaturity, so be it. I believe that SP future is very bright their lower levels are striving and pushing forward. Just for your information football is not a game of “win at all costs” in my eyes it’s more of character building tools in dealing in adverse situations. Anyhow, this old soul hopes that the young La Habra men beat Bosco soundly. Best of Luck tonight. Go St. Paul!!

  • whittier

    A Fan:

    HAHA, where to begin. First of all I like how you mentioned if LH played norwalk or garfield you guys would crush them.. well both of us did play LM so tell me what happened there? Yea no crush they almost beat you!. Also, DONT ever say LH has a better D then SP hahaha maybe a better offense of scheme but you guys will never hit like we hit. And LH will never be on the same field as us. Move to a different league then you can talk all you want until then NO RESPECT!