Mazzotta also singled out wide receiver Jeremy Sedaka, who had three touchdown catches and a 70-yarder nullified by penalty. Defensively, safety Matt Estrada was cited for doing an “excellent job, and has been playing so well in all of the games.” “He’s been getting better and better,” Mazzotta said. “He had an interception against Brea (Olinda), he had five big hits and blocked a punt against Buena Park. He’s so tough. He’s a playmaker, an inspiration to his teammates.” Mazzotta also singled out defenders Joel Quezada, Paul Estrada, Garrett Kiehl, Casey Rihn and Greg Francis. Rihn returned an interception for a touchdown and scored a second TD when he caught a blocked punt in the end zone. Quarterback R.J. Benedict passed for only 123 yards, but he took a big step forward with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. “He looked a little more consistent Friday night,” Mazzotta said. La Habra travels to face Sonora on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. at La Habra High. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, 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! The La Habra High School football team routed Buena Park 51-0 in Friday night’s Freeway League opener, and if the Highlanders’ score against a team that entered the game with a 4-1 record isn’t enough to make the rest of the league’s members take notice, maybe this will: La Habra’s offense may be awakening. “Our defense has been playing well all season,” coach Frank Mazzotta said. “It’s the offense that had been struggling. (Friday night) the offense seemed to be catching on to what we need to do.” It was only a matter of time. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our kids may not be super talented, but their work ethic is as good as anybody and better than most,” Mazzotta said. “It really all began with the 2002 freshman team, and as seniors this season they don’t know anything else. Win league and go to the playoffs.” Mazzotta said it was most satisfying when he put in second and third stringers against Buena Park and watched them play without a drop-off in intensity. “They played some of the third quarter and all of the fourth, and they scored two touchdowns and gave up none,” Mazzotta said. “And Buena Park doesn’t have a big roster, so they were playing against a lot of their first stringers. All of our kids played really hard and that’s because they believe that’s what you do at La Habra.” Steven Ochoa, part of the trio Mazzotta has been rotating at running back, stepped up big Friday. The 190-pound junior carried 11 times for 109 yards. “He ran very hard, very fast, (and) he ran people over,” Mazzotta said.