Brea comes up short vs. El Dorado

By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
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PLACENTIA – El Dorado needed to win a series of coin flips to qualify for the playoffs last fall.

This year’s team is doing its best to stay in control of its destiny in another tight Century League race, and a 56-41 victory over Brea Olinda on Friday at Valencia High helped the Golden Hawks’ cause.

El Dorado running back Mark Parsons finished with a season-high 367 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. It was the second game this season in which he scored five or more times.

The 2012 team once controlled its fate, but relinquished it by losing to Brea Olinda, 34-21, in the regular-season finale.

El Dorado, Brea Olinda and Esperanza finished with 3-3 records in the Century League. The Golden Hawks won those coin flips and advanced to the postseason as a nominal automatic qualifier. But El Dorado had a losing record at the time, and bowed out in the first round.

Fast forward to this year, and if El Dorado (3-6, 3-2) defeats Canyon next week, it will nab the Century League’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot. A loss likely will eliminate the Golden Hawks from postseason contention.

Parsons’ seven touchdowns set the school’s single-game record.

The senior captain also tied Laguna Beach’s Nathan Lancaster and three others with the second-most touchdowns scored in a game in Orange County history.

Lancaster scored seven times last week against Calvary Chapel.

Parsons followed Brea Olinda’s opening score with touchdown runs of 2 and 11 yards on consecutive drives. He scored a third time shortly after the Wildcats (2-8, 1-5) pulled even in the second quarter.

Jacob Romero and Billy Hanley then exchanged touchdowns, and El Dorado led, 28-20, at halftime.

Parsons scored four more times – twice from 50 yards or longer – in the second half.

The win was El Dorado’s first in the series since 2010.

Hanley turned 22 carries into 123 rushing yards and four scores for Brea Olinda.

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Freshmen vs. Esperanza

Esperanza defeats Brea Olinda

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YORBA LINDA – Esperanza snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in last week’s Century League opener.

An amalgamation of offensive and defensive miscues ultimately revealed a plethora of holes in a senior-laden squad that expected to have more than one win by Week 5.

The Aztecs marginally improved their overall performance this week. They still have a ways to go before they can realistically be considered a threat to the league’s elite, however.

Esperanza defeated Brea Olinda, 17-7, on Friday at Yorba Linda High because its defense rekindled its preseason form.

Its offense, well, that unit is still a work in progress.

“We’re a team that kills ourselves,” Aztecs coach Gary Bowers said. “False starts, personal fouls, every week we have beaten ourselves.

“We were able to overcome all that stuff tonight, but we won’t be able to overcome it all in the future.”

Eight punts, four missed field goals and two turnovers generated a stalemate late in the fourth.

With just more than four minutes remaining, Brea Olinda (1-5, 0-2) opted to forgo a potential 29-yard field-goal try on fourth-and-1.

The Aztecs’ defensive front stuffed Richie Main’s quarterback sneak, and Nate Rodriguez took over from there.

The senior playmaker turned a short swing pass in an 88-yard go-ahead touchdown. It was his longest reception of the season.

“I couldn’t run fast enough,” he said. “I turned on the jets. I just had to go. That track mentality kicked in. It was a great feeling scoring that touchdown.”

Rodriguez finished with five receptions and 125 yards for Esperanza (2-4, 1-1).

Wildcats running back Billy Hanley had 105 yards on 22 carries, and Andrew Chammas had a 57-yard interception return touchdown in the second quarter.

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Canyon holds off Brea

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By ELLIOT COOK
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Canyon starting quarterback Corey Elsasser was waiting all week for Friday night.

After missing last week’s game because of an ankle injury, the senior showed he was 100 percent.

Elsasser teamed with receiver Chris Presscot for four touchdowns passes to lead Canyon to a 45-35 victory over Brea Olinda on Friday at Brea Olinda High in both teams’ Century League opener.

“I think (Elsasser and Prescott) were really chomping at the bit after last week,” Comanches coach Jim Kunau said.

“We didn’t play our best football, but credit goes to Brea; they are well coached and played well.”

The Comanches (2-3, 1-0) scored early in the first quarter when running back Andrew Derlin ran from 6 yards out. The Wildcats came right back and tied the score, 7-7, on a 35-yard run from Billy Hanley in which he went through the heart of the defense.

The quarter went the Comanches’ way, though, as they scored two more times as Elsasser and Prescott hooked up twice, the first from 67 yards and the second from 10 yards.

The Wildcats (1-4, 0-1) were able to keep distance as quarterback Richie Main scored on a run and threw a scoring pass to Jude Privratsky.

Elsasser made sure his team didn’t let the lead slip away with a touchdown run of his own and a long 69-yard touchdown pass to Prescott as the Comanches led 35-21 at halftime.

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Freshmen (B) vs. Valencia

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Turnovers kill Brea’s chances

By LOU PONSI
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BREA – Diamond Bar’s no-huddle offense and speedy receivers kept Brea Olinda on its heels throughout most of their non-league game Friday at Brea Olinda High School.

The Wildcats made the Brahmas’ job that much easier by turning over the ball six times.

Diamond Bar converted five of those into touchdowns en route to a 47-0 victory. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 1-3.

Brahmas quarterback Tyler Peterson found open receivers all night and wound up completing 23 of 31 passes for 241 yards and five touchdowns.

And even when receivers were well covered, they managed to make catches worthy of highlight reels.

Two such receptions were made by Diamond Bar junior Cordell Broadus – the son of rapper Snoop Dogg — who finished with seven catches for 72 yards and three touchdowns.

Broadus’ second touchdown catch was on a pass that was intended for another receiver. The ball was tipped and Broadus managed to come down with it in the corner of the end zone.

His third touchdown catch was made in the corner of the end zone off a high arching pass from Peterson.

Tyler Brown’s 55-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Diamond Bar (3-1) a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

The Wildcats fumbled away the ball on their own 30 on the opening series of the second quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Brown’s 14-yard scoring run put Diamond Bar up, 14-0.

The score was the first of three touchdowns in the quarter for the Brahmas, who led, 33-0, at halftime.

Broadus’ third touchdown catch in the third made it 40-0.

By CIF rule, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock because the Brahmas’ lead was more than 35 points.

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Freshmen vs. Diamond Bar

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JV vs. Diamond Bar

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JV team won.

Freshmen (A) vs. Yorba Linda

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Result- Brea lost by 2 TDs