LA HABRA 42, LAGUNA HILLS 14
LAGUNA HILLS — A year ago, the La Habra High School football team might have caved under the pressure of being pushed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
But not now, and the Highlanders continued to show Friday why this season is different.
Senior quarterback Eric Barriere accounted for 347 yards and four touchdowns and La Habra cruised into the Southwest Division semifinals with a 42-14 victory over host Laguna Hills in a quarterfinal game.
CJ Taylor rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns for the top-seeded Highlanders, who improved to 11-1 and will host No. 3 seed Villa Park, a 28-15 winner over Valencia, in next week’s semifinal.
Mitchell O’Hair passed for 169 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for the Hawks, who finished 8-4.
La Habra, after leading 21-7 at halftime, broke Laguna Hills’ back in the second half with two long scoring passes by Barriere, who threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He tossed 54 yards to Prince Ross for a 35-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter and 52 yards to Amon Fellows to push it to 42-14 with 7:45 left to play.
La Habra also got a 1-yard run from Taylor, which gave the Highlanders a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter.
La Habra’s Eric Barriere: “This just shows with all the hard work this team has put it, we’re not like last year. We know how to finish this year, and it’s a really good feeling to go on to the semifinals. I’m really excited for next week’s game.”
— Stephen Ramirez
SAN CLEMENTE 52, SONORA 45
LA HABRA — Jason Fimbres kept Sonora in the game with two of his three TDs in the second quarter. The final score came with 5:34 left to close the gap to 45-42. San Clemente let a kickoff roll to the 11 and the Raiders picked the ball up.
But Reaves scored from the 1 to get the lead back to 10 points. Sonora closed the gap to seven with a field goal with 1:03 to play.
The Raiders (9-3) then recovered their third on-side kick, but Cole McDonald’s desperation pass was intercepted. It was Sonora’s first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2010.
— Staff Report
LA MIRADA 38, DOMINGUEZ 13
COMPTON — In a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinal matchup between two local league champions, it was La Mirada that looked ready for a championship run with a 38-13 win on Friday night at Dominguez.
After a relatively even start to the game, the Suburban League champion Matadores (9-3) scored on four straight possessions to end the first half and efficiently ran out the clock against the run-heavy Dons (8-4), who didn’t have the big-play ability to get back into the game. La Mirada racked up 354 total yards against the co-San Gabriel Valley League champion Dominguez defense.
Tristan Meyer threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns
La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti: “No one has run on Dominguez like that all year, and it always takes a few series to get used to their offense, so I’m very proud of our guys. We had a great week of practice and this group is just relentless. But the mission is not complete.”
— JJ Fiddler
LA SERNA 68, HARVARD-WESTLAKE 42
STUDIO CITY — La Serna High School went wild with Anthony Garcia scoring a school-record six touchdowns and rushing for more than 300 yards to propel the Lancers to a 68-42 victory over host Harvard-Westlake in a CIF-SS Southeast Division quarterfinal game on Friday night.
The Lancers (10-2) will play at St. Francis in next week’s semifinals. La Serna defeated the Golden Knights in the quarterfinals last year. The Lancers have been to the semifinals the last six years.
La Serna built a big lead on the Wolverines (8-4) early in the game and then pulled away in the third quarter. But Harvard-Westlake kept it within a couple of scores until Garcia got going again.
— Staff Report
SIERRA CANYON 49, SCHURR 14
MONTEBELLO — The undefeated and top-seeded Trailblazers got out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter en route to the Mid-Valley Division quarterfinal victory at Montebello High.
Bobby Cole scored on a 46-yard run on the opening series and came back to score on the next Sierra Canyon drive from the 8. He finished with 118 yards and three scores on 11 carries.
The Spartans (6-6) got both of their scores on Efren Velez TD runs, of 29 and 12 yards. He rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries.
NEXT WEEK’S SEMIFINALS
FRIDAY, NOV. 27
Villa Park (12-0) at La Habra (11-1)
La Serna (10-2) at St. Francis (9-3)
La Mirada (9-3) at Cathedral (11-1)