Dana Hills High School staged a 21-point comeback in the second half against El Toro Friday but fell a touchdown short as the Chargers held on for a 28-21 victory in a South Coast League game in front of 1,100 at Dana Hills.
El Toro scored its first touchdown on a 1-yard dive by David Nemeth with 9:29 left in the first half.
The Chargers added to their lead with a 4-yard bootleg by quarterback Steve Stenstrom with 3:48 left in the half.
With only 24 seconds remaining, El Toro scored its third touchdown of the quarter on a 7-yard pass by Stenstrom to wide receiver Sean Drinkwater.
The Chargers took a 28-0 lead when Drinkwater caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Rob Johnson with 6 minutes left in the third quarter.
Dana Hills scored its first touchdown on a dive play by Zach Hickman with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter.
The Dolphins cut the lead to 28-14 when quarterback Grant Taylor and Josh Rivers connected on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The Dolphins narrowed the lead to a touchdown when Hickman scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run. The touchdown was set up when Matt Carvahlo broke loose for a 72-yard run to put the Dolphins on the El Toro 7-yard line.