By Roger Murray, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2009, Whittier News
WHITTIER - Quarterback Adam Contreras connected with Terris Jones on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 26.4 seconds left to play to give California High School a 24-21 win over visiting Burbank in their CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division second-round playoff game Friday night. The win put the Condors in next week's semifinals against Charter Oak, which beat West Covina, 35-10.
Jones' clutch catch put a damper on a sparkling comeback by the Bulldogs (9-3), who had taken a 21-17 lead when Ulises Ochoa (21 carries, 234 yards) raced 77 yards for a touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Ochoa's run came just two plays after California (9-2-1) had taken a 17-14 lead when Kevin Attanasio ran 39 yards on a reverse for a touchdown with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Jones, who entered the game with 1,525 rushing yards on the season, had 160 yards on 24 carries. First-half scoring included three big plays. California's Bryan Barragan returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown with Attanasio throwing the key block at the Burbank 38-yard line to clear the way.
Burbank's first-half ground game was led by Ochoa, who had 98 yards on 11 carries, but Coleman struggled as he completed just 3 of 10 passes.