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Buena Park rumbles over Western

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BUENA PARK – After a bye week following its dramatic double-overtime victory over Esperanza, Buena Park continued its winning ways with a dominating 55-6 nonleague victory over Western on Friday night in front of a homecoming crowd at Buena Park High.

Zach Taylor threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Elijah Bynum rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

The Coyotes (4-1) scored on six of their seven first-half possessions and bolted to a 48-0 halftime lead.

“It was a good tune-up game for us before league,” Taylor said. “We still have a few things to fix but we stayed focused the whole game.”

Seven plays after stopping Western on a fourth-down play on the game’s first series Buena Park scored its first TD of the game on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Devon Cooley.

Moments later after a Western turnover, Bynum scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. With just over a minute to play in the opening quarter the Coyotes upped its lead to 20-0 after Bynum scored on an 11-yard run.

Taylor continued his hot hand in the second quarter as he threw a 15-yard TD pass to Taariq Johnson and added on a 7-yard touchdown run.

Still in the second quarter, Taylor completed a short pass to Jeremiah Hawkins who used his blazing speed to turn it into a 35-yard touchdown.

Taylor completed 17 of 21 passes for 229 yards and three scores in the first half.

“We’re continuing to improve and our youth is really playing well,” said Buena Park coach Anthony White. “I’m very pleased with our team speed.”

Buena Park linebacker Cedric Dashiell stole the ball from Western QB Enrique Lopez at the end of a run and raced 40 yards for a touchdown to complete the Coyotes’ first-half scoring.

The Coyotes defense, led by Ricky Barbosa, Justin Ta and Danny Navarro, forced three first-half turnovers and limited Western to 38 yards.

Lopez led the Pioneers (1-4) with 92 yards rushing, and Don Anderson scored Western’s lone touchdown on a short run in the third quarter.


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