The Highlanders led 10-0 at that point on a 40-yard field goal by Danny Jennings and a 1-yard sneak by Harrington, both of which occurred in the first quarter. Chaminade seemingly seized the momentum when Royal backup quarterback Joey Buttitta tossed a pass that was picked off by Dillon Moore – whose right forearm and hand was ensconced in a cast – and returned for an 80-yard TD. The Eagles missed the PAT. Buttitta recovered to throw a 33-yard touchdown pass a minute before the first half ended to Thomas McCormick, which put Royal up 17-6. The Eagles got within striking distance on a 21-yard TD run by Derron Juarez four minutes into the fourth quarter. Chaminade missed the two-point conversion and failed to move the football on its next possession. That allowed the Highlanders to run out the clock on three first downs over the final four minutes. A.J. Perez, (562) 499-1338 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior Kevin Harrington broke his left non-throwing arm on a second-quarter scramble. The team doctor, Dr. Gregg Hartman, said Harrington would probably miss the rest of the football season as his humerus bone mends. Hartman said Harrington should be ready in time for baseball season, when he expects to be one of the top pitchers in the area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This is not just losing a quarterback. Kevin Harrington is one of best quarterbacks in the country,” Ubelhardt said. “He’s already led our school to a league championship. He was the heart and soul of our team.” Harrington was injured after he left the pocket and scrambled to his left. He could have run out of bounds for no gain, but Harrington decided on a pump fake that fooled nobody and lowered his shoulder in an attempt to gain a few yards. That decision likely cost Harrington his season. He stayed in just long enough for middle linebacker Gianni D’Ovidio to get a hit in. D’Ovidio got up immediately and was joined by a teammate to celebrate, a display that cost the Eagles 15 yards on a personal-foul penalty. “I was really disappointed in the Chaminade player getting up and taunting Kevin while he was laying there hurt,” Ubelhardt said. “I was really disappointed to see that from a Catholic school.” SIMI VALLEY – Longtime Royal High football coach Gene Ubelhardt’s expression didn’t match the scoreboard he stood in front of late Friday night. The scoreboard displayed a 17-12 Royal victory over visiting Chaminade. The troubled look on Ubelhardt’s face showed a coach who had likely lost his star quarterback for the season.
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