Top-ranked La Habra is unbeaten no more

And then there were none.
The Whittier area’s three remaining undefeated football teams – La Habra, Santa Fe and Whittier Christian – were all beaten soundly Friday night in nonleague play. Top-ranked La Habra fell to 3-1 with a 46-21 loss to Mission Viejo, ranked No. 6 in the state by, and No. 3 Santa Fe (3-1) lost to Corona Santiago 56-7. Whittier Christian (3-1) hosted St. Margaret’s at Whittier College and was beaten 44-14.
The night’s most exciting game had to be Montebello at El Rancho, where the hosts drove 80 yards in the final minute to edge the Oilers, 30-29. Whittier learned just how strong Norwalk is in a 45-0 loss and Pioneer’s high-scoring offense was at it again in a 45-42 victory over Mountain View.

Thursday’s scores
La Serna 38, Westlake 35
St. Francis 49, La Mirada 20
Friday’s scores
Mission Viejo 46, La Habra 21
Corona Santiago 56, Santa Fe 7
St. Margaret’s 44, Whittier Christian 14
El Rancho 30, Montebello 29
Fullerton 53, Cal 14
Norwalk 45, Whittier 0
Diamond Ranch 28, Schurr 0
Pioneer 45, Mountain View 42
Damien 34, St. Paul 18
L.A. Roosevelt 20, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 17

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Friday’s football schedule

All times 7 p.m. unless indicated

Mission Viejo vs. La Habra at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Fe at Corona Santiago
St. Margaret’s vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College
Cal at Fullerton
Montebello at El Rancho
Schurr at Diamond Ranch
Norwalk vs. Whittier at Cal High
Damien at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View vs. Pioneer at La Mirada High
Roosevelt at Cantwell-Sacred Heart

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Palmer puts on another stellar show

Senior quarterback Frankie Palmer befuddled Westlake’s defense all night Thursday in La Serna’s wild 38-35 nonleague victory at Cal High.
Out of the Lancers’ Wing T offense, Palmer ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for 162 yards and two more scores. He had scrambles for 22, 18 and 19 yards, and he simply outran Westlake’s defense late in the first half on a seven-yard TD run.
“Some of us have grown accustomed (to Palmer’s ability),” said La Serna coach Margarito Beltran. “He’s a football player.”
Senior Joel Viera also had a great game for the Lancers, but on the other side of the ball. Viera recovered a fumble deep in Westlake territory in the first quarter to set up a touchdown, and returned an interception inside the 5-yard line in the third quarter to set up another. In the fourth quarter, Viera sacked Warriors quarterback Malik Henry to force a punt.
“His performance speaks for itself,” said Beltran, who moved Viera from safety to linebacker before the game. “He stepped up and had a very good game for us.”

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Area football leaders


Jonathan Jimenez, Pioneer, 66 of 113, 856 yards, 10 TDs
Frankie Palmer, La Serna, 34 for 61, 553 yards, 2 TDs
Ryan Araujo, El Rancho, 41 for 71, 547 yards, 1 TD
Ryan Esslinger, Whittier Chr., 51 of 81, 525 yards, 3 TDs
Matthew Valencia, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 37 for 81, 375 yards, 1 TD
Alex Soto, Whittier, 24 for 44, 373 yards, 1 TD
Kevin Dillman, La Mirada, 44 for 72, 369 yards
Carlos China, Montebello, 22 for 44, 358 yards, 2 TDs
Jake Maier, St. Paul, 31 of 62, 238 yards, 2 TDs

Isaac Mendibles, Montebello, 460 yards, 4TDs
Adam Carrasco, La Mirada, 342 yards, 4 TDs
David Fischer, Whittier Chr., 324 yards, 3 TDs
Eddie Orta, Whittier, 254 yards, 7 TDs
Aaron Escareno, El Rancho, 225 yards, 5 TDs
Jean Lue Dauphiney, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 208 yards, 2 TDs
Ryan Araujo, El Rancho, 184 yards, 4 TDs
Bryce Oliver, La Serna, 175 yards, 5 TDs
Kevin Ramos, La Serna, 169 yards, 1 TD
Anthony Figueroa, Whittier, 164 yards, 1 TD

Noah Evans, Whittier Chr., 21 rec., 285 yards, 2 TDs
Matthew Rodriguez, Pioneer, 14 rec., 264 yards
Matthew Rosales, La Serna, 10 rec., 240 yards
Matthew Acosta, Whittier, 10 rec., 213 yards, 1 TD
Javier Carillo, El Rancho, 18 rec., 203 yards
Julian Espitia, Pioneer, 12 rec., 201 yards, 3 TDs
Andy Garibay, Pioneer, 19 rec., 190 yards
Julio Reynoso, Pioneer, 16 rec., 189 yards
Edgar Gonzalez, Montebello, 5 rec., 181 yards, 1 TD
Chase Busse, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 13 rec., 160 yards, 1 TD

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