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El Toro fell 41-21 to the Eastlake Titans in Chula Vista. El Toro had stretches in the game where everything was clicking, but those stretches were short circuited one way or another. In spite of this, the Chargers on offense moved the ball effectively for large portions of the game, but were limited to 3 touchdown passes. El Toro, trailing 21-7 at the half, pulled to within a touchdown twice, and almost yet again a third time before being turned away on the Eastlake 2 yard line. A score at that point would have cut the Titan lead to 6 with plenty of time remaining in the 4th quarter. The Titans tacked on late scores, but the game was much closer than the final score indicated.
Defensively the Chargers made tackles for losses and would place Eastlake’s offense in difficult positions, but the Titans were able to find a way to make a big play when they needed it. AJ Aguilar led the team with 11 tackles, 3 for losses and was flying to the football all game. Defensive lineman Andrew Aguilar was in the backfield often, and forced a fumble that was recovered by Noah Aguilar on the first Eastlake drive of the second half. Andrew finished unofficially with 5 tackles. Chris Sawaya had 5 1/2 tackles himself and was active making plays. DE’s Robert Brandenburg and Jeremiah Allen finished with 8 tackles and Brandenburg forced a fumble that Eastlake was fortunate to fall on. Artie Varela had multiple tackles including 1 for a loss and a clutch break-up of a Titan pass on 3rd down. Multiple tackles were also turned in by Patrick Kotnik and Jacob Williams, 1 for a loss of yardage by Kotnik.
The Offensive Line did an outstanding job once again providing time to throw and allowing the offense to accumulate 385 yards in the air. Senior Center Kevin Frum (who also played linebacker), Tackles Conrad Frick and Kyle Whitesides, along with Guards Dominick Vasquez and Angel Rodriguez were rock solid up front in pass protection against a big Eastlake defensive line. Football is a big man’s game and these Chargers in the trenches played well as a unit. Wide Receiver Austin Derrico finished with 8 catches on the night, including 3 TD’s for 152 receiving yards and he also had another bundle of return yards on special teams. Noah Aguilar had a huge game with 10 receptions for 153 yards, and had a diving interception on defense as he undercut a receiver for the pick (Noah also added a fumble recovery on defense for good measure). Ricky Silva caught the ball 7 times and carried it 11 times for 60 plus yards including a nice burst up the sidelines after a catch for a 23 yard pick up. Marcus Blevins averaged over 5 yards a carry and had big first down scamper to keep a drive alive in the second half. Shane McLaughlin returned an Eastlake kick-off 75 yards to the Titan 10 and added 4 catches. Chris Sawaya also had a nice reception in traffic. QB Cooper Jones finished 31 of 53 for 385 yards, 3 TD’s and 1 INT and spread the football around to the Charger receivers. In the kicking game, Matthew Freem hit his PAT’s and handled all of the kick-off and punt game duties this week.
Next Friday, September 9th, the Chargers look to put it all together against Corona Del Mar. They will be on the road. Check the schedule on www.etfootball.com for details
El Toro football fans and families can view game and event photos all season long. There are 2 places to view different sets of game photos:
1) Game Photos by Debbie Braasch can be viewed weekly at her website at:
2) Game Photos by Art Aguilar can be viewed on our website at www.etfootball.com . Click on the Photo Albums widget on the Home Page. Or follow the direct link below:
3) Game Photos by Raul Romero can be viewed on his website at:
Photos will be updated weekly so check back often.
La Habra finishes strong to beat El Toro
August 26, 2016 11:28 PM
By DAN ALBANO
OC VARSITY STAFF WRITER
The Highlanders rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting El Toro, 42-34, in a back-and-fourth season-opening game for both teams.
El Toro led, 26-24, early in the fourth but the Highlanders – known for their dramatic Hail Mary passes last season en route to the CIF-SS Southwest title – scored three consecutive touchdowns in a span of about 21/2 minutes to hold off El Toro.
In a game with seven lead changes, La Habra scored the go-ahead points on a 49-yard yard touchdown catch by Pervis Henderson with 8:28 left in the fourth.
Henderson cut in front of his defender to catch a high-arching, deep pass from quarterback Zach Fogel to give the Highlanders a 30-26 lead.
Moments later, La Habra linebacker Marcus Carrasco returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and 36-26 advantage.
La Habra’s Adalberto Gutierrez recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff – the Highlanders’ second recovery on a kickoff – and running Eli Anderson capitalized with a 6-yard TD run with 5:54 left as La Habra led, 42-26.
El Toro quarterback Cooper Jones tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Derrico with 4:19 left, but La Habra forced a late fumble at the Chargers’ 10 to seal the victory.
La Habra’s hard-hitting defense, led by safety Madison Wheeler, forced five turnovers, including an interception by the senior. The Highlanders, however, were twice called for striking the head on big hits, had one player ejected and racked up the penalty yards.
Anderson rushed for 124 yards and four TDs while Henderson also added an 80-yard TD catch in the second half.
Jones, a junior, passed for 324 yards and three TDs, working well with Derrico, Noah Aguilar and Shane McLaughlin.
El Toro led at halftime, 16-12, behind three field goals by Matt Freem and an efficient Jones.
Jones led the Chargers to scores on four of their five possessions. Freem kicked field goals of 25, 23 and 33 yards.
El Toro took a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter on Jones’ 14-yard touchdown pass on a short slant to Derrico and an extra-point by Freem.
Jones completed 15 of 24 passes for 195 yards in the first half
The El Toro Freshman opened up their high school careers yesterday in La Habra. They personified all that is good with El Toro Football. Truth, Honesty, and Integrity. They played as a team, battled to the end, but just fell short to La Habra 34-27. The future at El Toro is bright. Check out the freshman page at www.etfootball.com to stay up-to-date with the team. Thanks to Tim Reynolds, we have some great photos in the Freshman album. Go Chargers!!
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.