Buena Park dominates Freeway League opener


LA HABRA – Buena Park’s defense was relentless, holding the Raiders to 24 total yards while its offense scored on all but one possession en route to a 55-0 pounding of Sonora in a Freeway League game Friday night at La Habra.

With its remaining four games at home, it was “special” for Buena Park to finish off its road schedule at the home of rival La Habra in such a resounding manner.

“They’re the champions until someone beats them and takes it from them,” Buena Park coach Anthony White said. “So that’s what we have to do.”

On the Coyotes’ first drive, Jamiel Henning took an inside handoff 28 yards to the end zone.

But following that drive Buena Park (5-1, 1-0) looked mortal, if only for a moment. Sonora (0-6, 0-1) moved the ball on the ground, stringing together four first downs before punting from its own territory.

Ti’yon Johnson returned a Sonora fumble 21 yards for a touchdown for the Coyotes’ second touchdown.

Later, the Raiders fumbled back-to-back snaps, losing the second to set up Henning’s second touchdown, this one a 15- yard run.

The Coyotes then used a seven-play drive to go up 28-0 on Marcus Manglona’s first of two first-half touchdowns. His second came three minutes later.

Buena Park scored on each of its three possessions in the second half, including an 85-yard TD run by Henning.

Buena Park’s showdown with La Habra is Oct. 21st at Buena Park.

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