La Habra pounces on Sonora early


LA HABRA – La Habra put together a frenzy of scoring in the first quarter and quickly left little doubt which football team rules the city of La Habra, cruising to a 56-0 Freeway League victory on Friday night.

The No. 14 Highlanders averaged three points per minute as they jumped to a 36-0 first quarter lead, then extended it to 50-0 by halftime.

La Habra (4-3, 2-0) scored its first two touchdowns less than three minutes into the game.

Madison Wheeler returned the opening kickoff 66 yards to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Eli Anderson. On the first possession for Sonora (0-7, 0-2), the Highlanders forced a fumble and Wheeler returned it 6 yards for a touchdown.

Quarterback Zach Fogel ran the offense flawlessly for La Habra. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 41 yards on four carries, all before halftime. Prince Ross caught two touchdown passes from Fogel.

Anderson added a 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

While the La Habra offense was rolling, the defense was doing its share to set it up with easy scoring opportunities. Three times in the first half, La Habra started offensive possessions in Sonora territory and the Highlanders never started a drive with worse field position than their own 40-yard line.

La Habra’s defense limited Sonora to 24 yards in the first quarter and did not allow a first down until there was 9:25 left in the second quarter.

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