June 15, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Troy celebrates upset win over La Habra, ending 33-game league winning streak

Troy’s Daniel Aguirre and the school’s cheerleaders celebrate the upset win Friday night. (Photos courtesy Jace Medina/Facoff Media).

Troy High School’s football team recorded one of its biggest wins for the program Friday night defeating La Habra 27-21 in a Freeway League game at La Habra, snapping La Habra’s 33-game league winning streak dating back to 2016.

The last time the Highlanders lost was Friday, Oct. 21 vs. Buena Park in 2016. La Habra went on to win its last two games that season and go undefeated the next six seasons and one game into this season.

Troy moved ahead on a TD run by Ethan Mundt in the fourth quarter then the defense made a goal-line stand at the 2-yard line in the final seconds of the game, Troy Coach Michael Echaves said Saturday.

“There is a lot of history in the Freeway League and to position ourselves to win the last ever Freeway League football championship would be an amazing achievement,” said Echaves on Saturday. “We have three more games against very tough opponents; we need to focus on ourselves and continue to improve.”

Orange County football teams are expected to be grouped in new conferences next year.

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Troy moved into a tie for first place in the league with Sonora (6-1, 2-0).

Echaves said he’s proud of what his team has accomplished.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to create a culture centered around never giving up and that’s exactly what we did,” he said. “For me, that is the greatest achievement; our young men are beginning to understand that one of the greatest attributes a person can possess is grit; and they are choosing to be gritty.”

Troy was led offensively by quarterback Rudy Alcala who completed 14 of 23 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Mundt was the top rusher with 69 yards on 20 carries. Declan Kai Healey had seven rushes for 37 yards.

Vander Ploog was the top receiver with eight catches for 98 yards and a TD. Healey had three catches for 69 yards and a TD.

Echaves said he believes La Habra was 80-1 in league play over the past 16 years.

Troy hosts Buena Park and La Habra (3-4, 1-1) plays Sunny Hills at Buena Park Friday night.

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—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com