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ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
La Habra's Elijah Carter cuts the corner against Fullerton's Harrison Duran in the 2nd quarter on Friday at Fullerton Union High.

La Habra rolls in Freeway opener, 48-21

OCVARSITY.COM

FULLERTON – Until someone proves otherwise, the king stays the king.

For the last six seasons, La Habra High has held the throne atop the Freeway League standings and has reeled off 31 straight victories against league opponents dating to November 2006.

On Friday night at Fullerton High, the Highlanders proved yet again that they're not ready to relinquish that spot as the league's top dog.

Sophomore quarterback Eric Barriere threw for 282 yards, tossed 2 touchdown passes and ran for another as La Habra overwhelmed Fullerton, 48-21, in the Freeway League opener.

The Indians (5-1, 0-1) came into the contest undefeated, and early on looked destined to go score for score with the Highlanders.

Behind senior quarterback Scott Lloyd, Fullerton opened the game with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive that captured all the momentum in the stadium. Lloyd capped the drive off with a 2-yard keeper for a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game.

“You just have to go out there and play,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “Fullerton did a good job all preseason long of scoring points. We knew they were going to score. We just had to go out and play after that.”

The Highlanders (5-1, 1-0) were unable to score on their only possession of the opening quarter.

Momentum quickly changed in the second quarter as Barriere and the offense drove 64 yards in seven plays. The sophomore signal caller eluded two Fullerton defensive linemen in the backfield and was able to find a wide open Edrick Flores in the end zone, tying the score at 7-7.

The touchdown proved to be the start of the Highlanders' offensive onslaught, finding the end zone on six straight possessions from the second to third quarter for 41 points before Fullerton would answer.Over that span, Flores caught two touchdown passes while Carlos Martin, Sebastian Salinas, Greg Gaines and Barriere all added rushing scores to grab a commanding 41-7 lead.

Contact the writer: kconnolly@ocregister.com


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