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Brea Olinda overcomes adversity

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BREA – Brea Olinda coach Robb Perrance knew it would take a total team effort after losing another quarterback to an injury, and that’s what he got.

The Wildcats used a quarterback-by-committee offense and timely takeaways to defeat Diamond Bar, 17-14, in a nonleague game Friday night for their first win of the season.

Brea (1-2) had its offense rolling early. Noah Rivera returned the opening kickoff to Diamond Bar’s 48-yard line, and an efficient drive set up Michael Martinson’s 5-yard TD run.

After a Diamond Bar TD, the Wildcats responded to more outstanding field position. Rivera, who finished with 242 total yards (64 receiving, 178 returns), returned the kick to the Diamond Bar 30.

Brea QB Dylan Flenniken capped the short drive with a 15-yard run for a 14-7 lead. Flenniken, who was the backup quarterback to start the season, injured his shoulder on the TD, and the Wildcats rotated four quarterbacks the rest of the way.

Diamond Bar (3-1) struggled to move the ball after its opening drive. Brea’s Malik Campbell had two interceptions, as the Wildcats had three takeaways.

Brea’s Logan Bouvier, who also played some quarterback, extended the lead to 10 points with a 37-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.

“The team got it done and that’s what it’s all about,” Perrance said.


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