La Puente Too Much For Sierra Vista

Jose Ochoa & Warriors are turning the corner in 2013. Photo by Steven Mercado

by Steven Mercado

La Puente

It wasn’t as if no one could stop the La Puente Warriors on Friday night. Perhaps an NFL team, Azusa Pacific, or another high school could have stopped them, but we know the Sierra Vista Dons couldn’t in a 33-12 loss at McIntosh Stadium.

The Warriors defense shut the Dons down when it counted most and unleashed quarterback Jacob Tovar and an exceptional Jose Ochoa.

Ochoa put his team on the board first with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Briefly the two teams alternated scoring drives. Sierra Vista answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by fullback Isaak Chavez, but then La Puente went to work.

Warriors quarterback Jacob Tovar’s went 18-for-23, 244 passing yards on the evening with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for a score.

“He (Tovar) throws the ball really well, he’s not a great runner, but he’s a good-enough runner and his specialty is staying composed and managing the game,” said La Puente head coach Scott Morrison. “He doesn’t make many mistakes and the kinds of mistakes he typically makes cost us yards and not balls. Jacob is a really good game manager, he knows how to get the ball into our playmakers’ hands and when all else fails, he can make the play with his feet.”

The Warriors last two touchdowns came on a pair 1-yard runs by Fernando Barreras and Erick Morales, respectively.

Junior running back Justin Torres was the Dons best weapon rushing for 194 yards on 25 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

La Puente is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Montview League standings. The Dons are now 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.

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