The combination of two touchdown runs by La Habra High running back Brent West and a pair of costly penalties against El Dorado in the second half was enough to give the Highlanders a 21-14 nonleague victory Friday night at Valencia High.
La Habra (1-1) never held the lead until West's two-yard scoring run with six minutes remaining. It appeared the Highlanders had been stopped a yard short of keeping the winning drive alive, but a pass interference penalty allowed the march to continue.
On La Habra's previous possession, a roughing the kicker foul sustained another drive to the end zone. Buoyed by five pass completions from quarterback Mike Keeling, West got La Habra even on a three-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
El Dorado (0-2) got off to a great start, taking an early 7-0 lead when running back P.J. McNiff ran 41 yards for a touchdown. The advantage didn't last long, however, as Antonio Sanchez returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to the Golden Hawks' eight-yard line.