November 26, 2011
Turnovers costly for Highlands in D-V title loss to Le Grand

Highlands wanted to avenge its one-sided loss to Le Grand in last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V football championship game.

Tonight the Scots got their chance but top-seeded and unbeaten Le Grand, fueled by hopes of playing in the upcoming CIF State Bowl Games, wasn't about to play the upset victim.

Le Grand (12-0) made a slew of big plays to defeat the No. 3 Scots 58-20 at the Grape Bowl. Last season, Highlands (10-3) lost 61-7 to the Bulldogs.

Mario Zavala (32 yards) and Aaron Salcido (85 yards) returned interceptions for touchdowns; Alex Bucio threw a pair of touchdown passes; and Daniel Guizar had a 65-yard touchdown run and Ryan Martinez a 51-yard scoring run.

Highlands, which committed eight turnovers, made a game of it in the first half.

After Highlands fell behind 14-0, Kurtis Stamm passed 39 yards to Ray Edwards for a score, then with 10 seconds left in the second quarter, Aaron Abalos scored on a three-yard run and Jeremiah Parker caught the tying conversion pass from Stamm.

The tie was shortlived.

Guizar scored on a 65-yard burst on the last play of the half, then Le Grand scored 23 unanswered points in the third quarter.



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