Charger Comeback Just Falls Short
The El Toro Freshman opened up their high school careers in La Habra Thursday against the talented and well respected Highlanders. La Habra took the opening kickoff and put together a 15 play drive to open up the scoring. El Toro’s offense came out and after a first down run by Mike Brown were forced to punt. On the very next play La Habra completed a 40-yard pass down to the Charger 10-yard line. The Chargers defense tighten and forced a missed field goal to end the first quarter down 7-0. The Highlanders defense forced a 3 and out and took over at midfield. Four plays later La Habra connected on a 35-yard TD pass to take a 14-0 lead. Down 14-0 the Chargers started to fend off the opening day jitters. El Toro behind a fantastic offensive line put together a 65-yard drive capped off by a touchdown pass from Dylan Reynolds to Logan Jolliffe to cut the Highlanders lead in half. The Highlanders struck again quickly to take a 21-7 lead with two minutes left in the half. The Chargers two-minute offense took over. Steven Gutierrez led El Toro down the field going 3 for 3 on the drive. Connor Kentros plunged into the end zone as the wildcat quarterback from 4 yards out with only 5 ticks left on the clock to make the score 21-13 at half. The Highlanders came out of the half and quickly scored twice in third quarter to make it 34-13. That is when the Charger comeback started. After three completions by Gutierrez the offensive line took over again. Logan Jolliffe electrified the Charger faithful with a 45-yard touchdown run to cut the Highlander lead to 34-19 to end the third quarter. The Chargers defense stiffened and Adan Vilte made a touchdown saving tackle to give the offense the ball back. Gutierrez marched the Chargers down the field eventually connecting with Timothy Brenner from 35-yards out. After a two-point conversion by Mike Brown, the Chargers pulled within 7, 34-27 late in the fourth quarter. The Chargers attempted an onside kick but were unable to recover it and with only two minutes left the Highlanders ran out the clock. The Chargers showed a tremendous amount of heart and effort on this day. The ET Freshman have a bright future ahead! Next week the Chargers will take on JSerra on Saturday at 10:00am at “Our House”! Make sure you come out and cheer them on.
The Coach Richard Beatie Football Scholarship Award