The Freshmen Hawks ended their season with a 26-6 victory over the San Juan Hills Stallions. The Hawks finished with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1 league mark.
The Hawks opened their last game receiving the kickoff. On the game's second play, Connor Landberg connected with Miles Gastil for a 28-yard pass play. Four plays later, the same duo connected for a 35-yard TD pass play. The Hawks covered 67 yards in just six plays for the opening score. The PAT by Austin Weems was good, giving the Hawks a quick 7-0 lead. San Juan Hills then chewed up the rest of the first quarter with a 15 play drive. Starting at their own 34-yard line, the Stallions methodically moved the ball downfield. After a first down at the LH 11-yard line, the Hawks defense stopped the Stallions. A fourth down pass from the 6-yard line was incomplete and the Hawks took over on downs. The Hawks offense moved the ball from their own 6 to the San Juan Hills' 15- yard line in 13 plays. The drive was highlighted by a 41 yard run on a reverse by Andrew Whitt and an 11-yard run by Kai Kanno. The Hawks failed to convert on a 4 & 1 at the 15 and the Stallions took over. The Stallions moved the ball out to their 40. A first down pass was intercepted by Joey Thrasher, however a fumble on the return gave the ball back to the Stallions at the LH 46-yard line. SJH moved the ball inside the Hawks' 25 but a run and three incomplete passes failed to pick up a first down turning the ball over to the Hawks. The first half ended with the Hawks up, 7-0.
Laguna Hills kicked off to start the second half. The Stallions picked up one first down. After three running plays only picked up two yards, SJH was forced into the game's only punt. Starting at their own 32-yard line, the Hawks scored the game's second TD eight plays later. A 40-yard run by Alex Salera and a 25-yard pass from Landberg to Whitt helped move the ball to the SJH 3-yard line. Three plays later, Landberg scored on a 1-yard QB sneak. The PAT was no good. The Hawks attempted an onside kick but the ball went out of bounds giving SJH the ball near midfield. The Stallions went for a 4th & 4 but were unable to convert giving the Hawks the ball. The Hawks moved the ball inside the SJH 35 but an interception by SJH was returned for a TD giving the Stallions their only score. The PAT was missed putting the Hawks up 13-6 with just over 7 minutes to play. The Hawks responded with a nine play drive moving the ball from their 41 to inside the SJH 5. The drive was highlighted by a 25 yard run by Kanno and a 30 yard double pass play from Landberg to Kyle Siu-Leiatau to Gastil. However, the Hawks were unable to take it in and turned the ball over on downs at the 2-yard line. The Hawks recovered a SJH fumble on the Stallions' first play at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Landberg scored on a 1-yard TD run. The PAT was no good giving the Hawks a 20-6 lead with less than two minutes to play. On the first play after the kickoff, Chris Chavez stepped in front of a SJH pass and ran it back 25 yards for a TD. The PAT by Weems was good. SJH got the ball back for two plays as time ran out with the Hawks on top 26-6. No 5th period was played.
The Freshmen Hawks finished the season going 6-1 in their last 7 games. Their 3-1 league record put them in second place in the PCL and possibly a tie for first depending on the outcome of the Beckman/CDM game. The Varsity will play next Friday (11-21) in the opening round of the CIF playoffs. Come out and cheer them on. Now it's time for Boys/Girls Basketball and Soccer, Wrestling, and Girls Water Polo. Enjoy the rest of the year.