Redondo Union High School’s football team lost its top running back Anthony Philyaw to a broken wrist on just the second play of the game but the host Sea Hawks managed to stay with a red hot Palos Verdes team through the first three quarters.
After Philyaw started the game with back-to-back 17-yard runs, he went down and broke his wrist. He would not return to the game, leaving Redondo’s offense not mustering much.
The Sea Hawks, though, were able to hold the Sea Kings to a 7-7 tie through the first three periods, before the more balanced and physical P.V. squad put up two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game away with a 21-7 victory.
Palos Verdes used its outstanding running from senior running back Matt Lopes. Behind his physical line, Lopes carried the ball 39 times for 218 yards and one touchdown.
With the Sea Kings up, 14-7, midway in the fourth period, Lopes put the exclamation mark with a 25-yard TD run.
The win put Palos Verdes, (6-3 overall and 4-0 in the Bay League) atop the Bay, while Redondo (5-4, 3-1) fell into a second place tie with rival Mira Costa. The Sea Hawks and Mustangs square off Friday at 7 p.m. at Redondo, which should decide second place. The Sea Kings are at Peninsula (2-7, 1-3) and should be a heavy favorite to wrap up the league title with a win over the Panthers.
Redondo finished the game with just 159 total offensive yards, including the 34 rushing by Philyaw before he went down, but it was able to tie the game at seven with 34 seconds left before halftime on a 1-yard run by Freddie Smith.
Palos Verdes took a 7-0 first quarter lead on the first of two 1-yard scoring runs from quarterback Bryan Scott.
The Sea Kings took the lead on Scott’s second short touchdown run early in the fourth period.
P.V.’s outstanding offensive line was led by Andrew Bucklin, John Bulaich, Matt Mosich and Mario Meza. Meza filled in for the injured David Galleth.
Smith, who had a third quarter interception with his TD run, and junior running back Jamal Perkins had to fill in for Philyaw. Perkins rushed for 40 yards on 15 carries.
Philyaw is a question mark for Friday’s critical game against Mira Costa, which shut out lowly Leuzinger (1-8, 0-4), 49-0, last Friday at Mira Costa, but chances are good that he will return for Redondo’s first round CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoff game on Nov. 9.
The Sea Kings’ next opponent, Peninsula, was routed by host West Torrance, 56-6, last Friday at the Warriors’ homecoming game. The Panthers, though, gave Mira Costa a respectful game, losing 42-28, two weeks earlier.
Turnovers, penalties cost Inglewood: Inglewood High’s football team all but lost its hopes for an Ocean League championship after a 39-10 home loss to Santa Monica last Friday.
Four lost fumbles ands 13 penalties for 110 yards doomed the Sentinels as the Vikings clinched, at least, a share of the league title.
Inglewood, though, started well with a 7-0 first quarter leads on a 25-yard touchdown run from Damian Woods.
Santa Monica, though, came back to tie the game at seven on a 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Ryan Barbarian to wide receiver Denicio Gonzalez-Drake.
The Sentinels had a chance to take the lead back as they drove to the Viking 9-yard line but that was when they made one of their turnovers. As quarterback Rickie Calderon attepted to pass to wide receiver Trevion Benton, he was hit hard and he fumbled the ball away to the Vikings (6-3, 4-0). Santa Monica drove 90 yards in 10 plays and took the lead for good on a 3-yard scoring run by running back Trent Hill.
Inglewood, though, kept it close when Jose Magana connected on a 30-yard field goal shortly before halftime.
In the second half, though, Santa Monica pulled away as it took advantage of more Sentinel mistakes. The Vikings added a field goal and a safety after a botched punt led Zaire Andre to be tackled in the end zone.
Santa Monica went on to add three more touchdowns, including a 93-yard run by Russell Ravis and two by Ryan Chamberlain.
With the Vikings hosting lowly Hawthorne (1-8, 0-4 after a 20-6 loss at Beverly Hills last Friday), Inglewood (6-3, 3-1) will be looking at second place when it faces cross town rival Morningside Friday at 7 p.m. The Monarchs, though, have very good experience and capability of upsetting the Sentinels. Morningside was driving for a potential winning touchdown but time ran out as it was edged by host Culver City, 14-13, in Ocean play last Friday.
Serra comes home to crush St. Paul: After playing its first three games on the road, Serra High’s football team finally arrived home for its annual homecoming game and went on to roll over a hapless St. Paul team, 53-6, in Mission League play last Friday.
The anxious Cavaliers wasted no time on their first league home game, scoring five first quarter touchdowns, including three in the first 5:19.
Serra led right from the start when Marques Rodgers return the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Shortly after a 5-yard TD run from sophomore running back Malik “Red Bull” Roberson, the Swordsmen were held on downs, forcing them to punt. Adoree Jackson took the kickoff at the Cavalier 30-yard line and returned the ball 70 yards to give Serra (7-2, 3-1) a quick 20-0 lead.
The Cavaliers added two more first period touchdowns on a 30-yard interception return from linebacker Malachi Mageo and a 49-yard punt return by Jackson, his second TD.
Serra continued to lead, 33-0, through halftime, then added two more touchdowns in the third quarter on a 26-yard pass from junior quarterback Jalen Greene to Jackson, and a 25-yard run from running back Jacob Ortiz to up its lead to 47-0.
St. Paul (1-8, 0-4) scored its only TD on a 2-yard run by sophomore running back Jakob Williams with 8:03 left in the game, but the Cavaliers climaxed their scoring on a 64-yard run by Justin Manson.
“We executed all day,” Serra head coach Scott Altenberg said. “They’re struggling; I know that’s the case. Their guys really battled. We still got to play.”
St. Paul, a once proud program that was a CIF-Southern Section power in the 1970’s and won their last CIFchampionship in 2006, was plagued with the firing of head coach Elijah Asante (head Carson mentor through last season and guided the Colts to the CIF-Los Angeles City championship finals in the past two years) after six games and leading to several players leaving the team and transferring to other schools.
The Cavaliers finish their league at home against North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake Friday at 7 p.m.
Last Week’s Results:
Friday, Oct. 26:
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: San Pedro 48, Banning 6; Carson 42, Gardena 7; Narbonne 62, Washington 3.
Western League: Fairfax 45, Westchester 0.
Bay League: Palos Verdes 21, Redondo 7; West Torrance 56, Peninsula 6; Mira Costa 49, Leuzinger 0.
Mission League: Serra 53, St. Paul 6.
Pioneer League: North Torrance 36, South Torrance 28; Compton Centennial 27, El Segundo 14; Torrance 41, Lawndale 6.
Ocean League: Santa Monica 39, Inglewood 10; Beverly Hills 20, Hawthorne 6; Culver City 14, Morningside 13.
CIF-SS Eight Man:
Coastal League: Price 50, Rolling Hills Prep 0.
Non-League: Pacific Lutheran 51, Wildwood Faith Baptist 32.
Saturday, Oct. 27:
Prep League: Pasadena Poly 42, Chadwick 20.
This Week’s Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 2:
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: Carson at Banning, 7 p.m.; Gardena at Narbonne, 7 p.m.; Washington at San Pedro, 7 p.m.
Western League: Hamilton at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Bay League: West Torrance at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.; Mira Costa at Redondo, 7 p.m.; Palos Verdes at Peninsula, 2 p.m.
Del Rey League: Verbum Dei at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Pioneer League: El Segundo at South Torrance, 7 p.m.; Compton Centennial at Lawndale, 7 p.m.; North Torrance at Torrance, 7 p.m.
Mission League: Harvard-Westlake at Serra, 7 p.m.
Ocean League: Beverly Hills at Culver City, 7 p.m.; Hawthorne vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m.; Inglewood vs. Morningside at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.
Prep League: Webb at Chadwick, 6 p.m.
Non-League: Mary Star at Xavier Prep, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3:
San Joaquin League: Santa Clarita Christian at Animo Leadership, 7 p.m.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10: 1. Narbonne (9-0), 2. Serra (7-2), 3. Palos Verdes (6-3), 4. Mira Costa (6-3), 5. North Torrance (7-2), 6. Redondo (5-4), 7. Carson (3-6), 8. West Torrance (6-3), 9. Inglewood (6-3), 10. Torrance (5-4).