Anaheim High School limped into Glover Stadium Thursday night looking for something, anything, to build on before league play begins.
The Colonists were coming off a loss to then-winless Cypress. To make matters worse, they had lost two starters on the defensive line and two on the offensive line.
And if that wasn’t enough, running back Johnny Mountain was lost for an indefinite period because of various injuries.
Mountain had rushed for 397 yards through 4 games. The rest of the team had combined for 34 yards.
Amid such disarray, the Colonists turned two breaks into a 10-0 victory over Buena Park in front of 700.
“We weren’t all that concerned with the outcome, we just wanted the kids to respond well after the loss last week,” Anaheim Coach Ted Mullen said.
The Colonists (2-3) received some help from Buena Park’s punt team, which had two kicks blocked against Magnolia last week.
With just two minutes gone in the game, Mark Hunt’s first punt went a minus-3 yards, giving the Colonists a first down on the Buena Park 18-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Danny Pacillas lofted a 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt Patterson, who outjumped defensive back Tim Kieler to make the catch.
Anaheim then created its own opportunity. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Chris Aguilera blocked Hunt’s punt and John Barber recovered on the Coyote 8. The Colonists settled for a 21-yard field goal by Art Palamares.
“We worked on punting all day yesterday and still we can’t get the job done,” Buena Park Coach Rick Foley said. “Our defense has given up just one touchdown this year. The punting team has given up three.”