LA HABRA 37, SONORA 7
LA HABRA — The city of La Habra will continue to be painted blue and white.
CJ Taylor rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns and La Habra High School continued its dominance over intra-city rival Sonora with a 35-7 victory in the teams’ Freeway League opener at La Habra High School.
Eric Barriere accounted for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Highlanders, who improved to 5-1. La Habra is ranked No. 1 in both the area and CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division.
Jacob Fimbres rushed for 78 yards and touchdown and Cole McDonald accounted for 172 yards for the Raiders, who slipped to 5-1. Sonora is ranked No. 4 in the area.
The Highlanders needed just three minutes to take the lead. Barriere, who accounted for 125 yards during the first two quarters, had a run of 10 yards and a 19-yard completion to Amon Fellows before Taylor scored on a 19-yard run for a 7-0 advantage with 6:50 left in the quarter.
Barriere, who threw for 62 yards in the first half, completed an 80-yard drive with a 14-yard toss to Logan Gomez to push it to 14-0 with 7:12 left in the half.
Taylor, who rushed for 57 yards in the first half, then completed a 70-yard drive with a 3-yard run for a 21-0 lead with 2:37 left in the half. Barriere, who rushed for 63 yards during the first two quarters, set up the score with a key 16-yard run on fourth and 10 to the Sonora’ 24.
Taylor also had runs of 30 and 11 yards to give La Habra a 35-7 lead in the fourth quarter.
La Habra’s CJ Taylor: “It was a great game to be in. Rivalries are always good. They came in talking a little trash and we had to show them who the best team in the city is. It was a good game.”
— Stephen Ramirez
MARANATHA 38, WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 20
PASADENA — Maranatha quarterback Kwon Peterson, making his first start, threw for three touchdowns in leading the Minutemen to a 38-20 Olympic League win over visiting Whittier Christian on Friday night.
Daniel Torres also scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, as the Minutemen (4-3, 1-0) won consecutive games for the first time this year.
David Allen paced Maranatha with 102 rushing yards, 93 coming in the first half. Allen’s 21-yard scoring reception late in the second quarter gave the Minutemen a halftime lead of 24-14.
Whittier Christian (3-4, 0-1) was led by quarterback Quinn Commans’ two scoring throws. His 55-yard connection with Nick Watase late in the first quarter tied the game at 14.
— Mike Branom
ROUNDUP: CALIFORNIA 27, PIONEER 0
Pioneer High School’s prospects of an undefeated season came to an abrupt end in a Del Rio League opener, California scoring a 27-0 victory on Friday night.
Evan Barajas threw two touchdown passes and the Condors (1-4) scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to put the game away. He completed 8 of 15 passes for 90 yards.
Robert Leos rushed for 220 yards on 14 carries and had a 72-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Andrew Reyes rushed for 102 yards and a TD. Gabriel Rivera caught a 22-yard TD pass from Barajas in the final quarter.
Phillip Hernandez completed 10 of 20 passes for 104 yards for the Titans (5-1). The closest Pioneer got to scoring was on the opening drive. The Titans got to the California 22, but failed to convert on a fourth-and-2 play.
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Habra (5-1) def. Sonora, 35-7
2. La Mirada (4-3) def. Bellflower, 65-0
3. La Serna (4-2) def. Whittier, 42-0
4. Sonora (5-1) lost to La Habra, 35-7
5. Pioneer (5-1) lost to California, 27-0
6. Montebello (5-1) def. Schurr, 43-10
7. St. Paul (3-3) lost to Harvard-Westlake, 28-21
8. Whittier (3-3) lost to La Serna, 42-0
9. California (2-4) def. Pioneer, 27-0
10. Whittier Christian (3-3) lost to Maranatha, 38-10
Santa Fe 34, El Rancho 15
Cantwell Sacred-Heart 27, Animo South L.A. 12