Buena Park gets into flow after slow start


BUENA PARK – A week after its loss to La Habra, Buena Park was again on its heels in the second quarter of a Freeway League game.

The Coyotes trailed by a touchdown after the first quarter but calmly marched back, scoring six consecutive times en route to a 42-13 Freeway League win over Sunny Hills at Buena Park High on Friday.

“Coaching staff did a great job all week and our kids really bounced back and did a great job,” Buena Park coach Anthony White said. “They were physical, they were tough and that’s what we were lacking last week.”

Sunny Hills (4-4, 0-3) scored first on a 5-yard Malcom Dixon pass to Dylan Hanson, capping an 18-play drive that chewed up all but a minute of the first quarter.

It took Buena Park (6-2, 2-1) just seven plays to even the score, as Zach Taylor threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Allen 21 seconds into the second quarter.

Buena Park’s defense didn’t allow another Lancers first down in the half. The Coyotes took the lead on the next series when Jeremiah Hawkins broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and ran 43 yards for a touchdown, putting Buena Park ahead, 14-7.

Taylor completed all 10 passes he threw for four touchdowns and 177 yards. Hawkins had three rushes for 81 yards but the bulk of the carries were by Elijah Bynum, who finished with 85 yards on 11 carries.

Taylor led Buena Park on a four-play drive to open the second half that culminated in a 34-yard pass to Taariq Johnson.

On the Lancers’ next series, Cedric Dashiell II picked off a pass and ran it back 39 yards for a score. The play gave Buena Park a 34-7 lead. over Sunny Hills.

“Buena Park’s an incredibly talented team,” said Pete Karavedas, Sunny Hills coach. “We’ve got to improve defensively. You cannot miss tackles against a team like that and expect to win a football game because they’re going to make you pay. And they did.”

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