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Sonora overcomes its mistakes
LA HABRA – Before Friday night's nonleague game against Don Lugo of Chino, Sonora coach Paul Chiotti said turnovers have been hurting his team this season.
Unfortunately for the Raiders the miscue trend continued, but Sonora survived five turnovers and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and made a fourth-quarter defensive stand to get its first victory of the season, 21-20 at La Habra High.
“It was definitely sloppy and we overcame a lot, but I'm really proud of our kids for making big defensive plays at the end,” Chiotti said. “The best part of this is that these kids get a taste of winning.”
After trailing, 20-14, through three quarters, the Raiders took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth after a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brandon Ahrndt.
With less than a minute to play Don Lugo (1-3) drove to the Sonora 27-yard line. However, Jacob Kent and Max Volen teamed to stop Preston Carr on a fourth-down run to secure the victory.
Sonora (1-3) had six possessions in the first half and five of them ended badly. The Raiders lost three fumbles, threw an interception and had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown.
Sonora moved the ball to the Conquistadores' 24-yard line on its opening drive but fumbled away the ball. The Raiders' second possession ended with another fumble that led to a Don Lugo field goal.
Midway through the second quarter Jesse Munguia blocked a Raiders punt and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to increase the Conquistadores' lead to 10-0.
Don Lugo upped its lead to 17-0 on a 32 yard scoring run by Josh Rivas.
Jacob Fimbres (102 yards rushing) had a 15-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 17-7 at halftime. Jonathan Rodriguez's 75-yard touchdown run trimmed the lead to 17-14 in the third quarter, but another Raiders turnover led to a Don Lugo field goal.