CIF-SS Southeast Division semifinal

Armed with one of the most prolific QB's in Southern California, the La Habra Highlanders (10-2) travel to Montebello Schurr on Friday in a CIF-SS Southeast Division semifinal, to take on the Spartans (8-4) who also have a strong-armed QB of its own.

Armed with one of the most prolific QB's in Southern California, the La Habra Highlanders (10-2) travel to Montebello Schurr on Friday in a CIF-SS Southeast Division semifinal, to take on the Spartans (8-4) who also have a strong-armed QB of its own.

The game will be a lot more sophisticated than the Chris Morales against the Joseph Orduno matchup, but one thing is for sure, with these pass happy teens this contest will last well into the night.

It gets eerie when one reads the stat sheet and notices that Morales has thrown for 2,371 yards and Orduno almost an identical 2,317 yards. Morales has thrown for an abundant 30 TD and Orduno 19 TD.

Downey, the common opponent, defeated La Habra 10-7 and later bested the Spartans 30-25. La Habra is the odds on favorite in this one, yet ripe for the upset.

Schurr (8-4) belted out South El Monte 48-20 in its first round playoff game, and then blasted out a strong Westminster team 38-8 in the quarterfinals last Friday. Schurr is very ambitious and didn't feast on an easy-street sked. La Habra has already peeked and Schurr is just starting to ebb.

Schurr coach Elvin Dick has installed a passing schematic that can get 70 yards a pop. Orduno doesn't make many bad decisions, which can't be said of his less experienced junior counterpart.

La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta has led the Highlanders to four consecutive Freeway League titles and this squad has won every game it was supposed to. Nevertheless, Rockey is undefeated in the really big one. No one wants to play the party spoiling Schurr, including the Southeast Division favorite from Fullerton Troy.

Schurr has a running back in Steven Cano who can accumulate 100 yards in a heart beat. Julian Delahay and Alex Valdez can both take swing passes and sprint 80 yards.

The Spartan defense takes every yard gained against it personal. They are playing for their football life, knowing that this could be the last organized football game they ever play. They are from East Los Angeles and no team from Orange County is going to come to Montebello and beat them.

La Habra has one West Coast Chopper that can care less where he plays and that is Highlander special team play maker Greg Francis, who has racked up large chunks of return yardage, interceptions, and trick play touchdowns.

Francis doesn't seem impressed with the back drop of hydrolic car hopping and Raider stickers on the Los Angeles County portion of Whittier Boulevard.

La Habra has a host of outstanding athletes, including running back Jason Davis with 1225 yards and 13 TD, along with the poetic Jeremy Twist with 57 receptions, 850 yards and 9 TD. Highlander Petey Puga has grabbed 7 TD passes and can boot field goals 40-yards.

La Habra can can go to other options that feature receiver Chris Alvarez and all-purpose Ronnie Hillman. They have big name defenders in Mike Ward, Jon Gonzales, and Joel Quezada.

La Habra has proven that it can lose the big one, last month losing to Troy for the Freeway League title 42-38, after holding a 38-21 lead in the 4th quarter.

Despite all its fire power and fearless ambition, La Habra is not playing for its city. Montebello Schurr is. Hunger is very motivating, but just good enough to make it a good game. Rocky suffers a TKO as justice doesn't prevail. La Habra wins this one.


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