Foothill lets El Dorado strike first, but finishes on top


PLACENTIA – El Dorado’s Robert Arroyo supplied some joy into a hapless season by returning the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before Foothill took control in a 34-7 nonleague victory Thursday at Valencia High.

Foothill (4-2) tied the score, 7-7, less than two minutes later on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Preston Moebius to David Lopez, and running back Jared Copeland scored on 1- and 8-yard runs in the second period for a 21-7 lead at halftime.

Moebius added a 13-yard scoring pass to Chris Reem in the third quarter, and Evan Mickelson kicked 23- and 27-yard field goals in the second half.

El Dorado (0-6), in its first season under Coach Zack LaMonda, had 17 net yards in total offense – 48 passing and minus-31 rushing. It was the 17th straight loss dating back to the final game of the 2013 season for the Golden Hawks.

Copeland, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior, gained 88 yards on 18 carries and Moebius added 66 on 10. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Moebius completed 10 of 18 for 155 yards and had one intercepted. Backup quarterback Jacob Manzur rushed seven times for 38 yards.

Foothill had 230 yards rushing and 162 passing.

Arroyo, a 5-8, 165-pound junior, went untouched on his touchdown return. He found a seam along the right hash mark, veered to the right and outran the Knights to score.

Arroyo had two other long returns, a 53-yard punt return to the Foothill 40 and a 83-yard kickoff return to the Foothill 9 late in the game.

The Knights responded quickly to El Dorado taking an early lead. They went 60 yards on four plays. Lopez caught a sideline screen and ran inside a wall of blockers for a 42-yard touchdown with 10 minutes left in the first period.

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