Huskies order the special

first_img “Our special teams were really big tonight,’ South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “That’s how football goes. We could be a little more efficient, but that’s stuff we can work on.’ The win improved South Hills to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the San Antonio League. More importantly, with Rowland and West Covina out of the way, the Huskies are on track to win a third consecutive league title. COVINA — It’s a good thing the South Hills High School football team has special teams capable of determining the outcome of games. The Huskies were outgained by West Covina, 297 yards to 139, on Friday night at Covina District Field. But a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown and other miscues by the Bulldogs helped South Hills to a 28-13 victory. The miscue parade continued for West Covina as the Bulldogs’ next two possessions ended with a muffed punt snap, then a downed ball by West Covina punter Robert Mata, who took a knee while attempting to field a bad snap at his own 32. South Hills, however, wasn’t able to turn either mistake into points. It didn’t take long for the Huskies to be given another chance, though. West Covina drove from its own 16-yard line to South Hills’ 23 before Huskies defensive back Fred Glaster intercepted a pass and returned it to midfield. Winbush cashed in the turnover with a 47-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0. “Against a good team, you’re not going to be able to make those mistakes and give them 21 points,’ Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said. “It’s disappointing, obviously. You learn about yourself when you lose and I think now we know what we need to work on.’ West Covina, which went to halftime with a yardage edge of 142 to 70, didn’t quit despite being down three touchdowns. The Bulldogs drove 60 yards on their first possession of the second half and scored on Tyler Hockenhull’s 7-yard touchdown run. Following a stop, the Bulldogs got the ball at their own 19 and drove 81 yards in just over two minutes to make it 21-13 on Hockenhull’s 4- yard touchdown run with 3:19 left in the third quarter. West Covina had the ball back twice more, trailing by eight, but South Hills’ defense came up with stops both times. Winbush’s 3-yard touchdown with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter provided the final margin. Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I didn’t think about it that way,’ Bogan said. “I know one thing, Nogales and Walnut don’t want to hear it. We’re going to do our best to not take anybody lightly. The loss was West Covina’s (6-1, 1-1) first of the season and ended the Bulldogs’ 13-game winning streak. Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore might burn the tapes of Friday’s game instead of showing them to his team. South Hills scored first when Brian Slover blocked a punt and Ricky Cortez returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. West Covina fumbled the ensuing kickoff and South Hills scored on the next play when receiver Erik Haveman and running back Marquies Winbush executed a hook- and-lateral play for a 15-yard touchdown that made it 14-0. last_img read more