La Habra's Carlos Martin tries to break through La Mirada's Jeovanni Gutierrez (24) and Kevin Dillman (10) on a run during Thursday's game.

La Habra gets run over by La Mirada


LA HABRA - If Webster's dictionary defines "efficient" as "being or involving the immediate agent in producing an effect," then somebody should probably call Mr. Webster and tell him to define "offensive efficiency" as "La Mirada's first quarter on Thursday night."

The visiting Matadores (2-0) scored on their first, second, fourth and fifth snaps of the game — each on plays of 45-plus yards, including 73- and 70-yard touchdown runs by halfback Johnny Hills — en route to a 45-27 victory over cross-town rival La Habra.

The victory emphatically snapped La Mirada's three-game losing streak to the Highlanders (1-1).

Matadores quarterback Gerry Myres threw for 227 yards and three scores, and Hills ran for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the visitors finished the game with 525 yards of total offense — 333 of which came in the first quarter.

Despite running only six official plays in the opening quarter, La Mirada scored on plays of 49, 73, 70 and 48 yards to jump out to a 28-13 lead by the end of one.

After La Habra opened the game with a three-and-out, Dallis Shipp (six catches, 150 yards) hauled in Myres' first of three first-quarter pass attempts for a 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

La Mirada then turned the Highlanders' second consecutive empty possession into seven points on Hills' 73-yard dash to the end zone.

Trailing by two scores less than six minutes into the game, La Habra responded with a seven-play drive that resulted in a 1-yard TD run by tailback Carlos Martin.

Sandwiched between a pair of long Matadores touchdowns (70 and 48 yards, respectively), Highlanders quarterback Sean Sparling connected with Christian Casas for an 18-yard score.

After the break, the hosts cut the deficit to 10 on Martin's second TD run of the evening, but La Mirada answered immediately with a score on the ensuing possession.

For La Habra, Christian Casas hauled in six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.

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