North shows promise in beating Paraclete

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By Joe Snyder

North Torrance High’s football team continued to progress after a 31-19 victory over always tough Paraclete High from Lancaster last Friday at North.

The Saxons, who won their fourth straight game after opening the season with a loss at Santa Barbara High on Aug. 19, had a fine game by running back Will Pineda, who ran for two touchdowns. His first came in the second quarter on a 6-yard run and his second was from 14 yards in the third period.

The Spirits led 13-7 at halftime but North dominated the second half, outscoring Paraclete 24-6. Dylan Williams gave the Saxons the lead for good when he scored on a 15-yard interception return. Pineda added a two-point conversion on a run to give North a 22-19 lead.

North added a field goal, then Ben Fonseca put the game away as he scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Saxons have a bye week before beginning the Pioneer League at home against El Segundo on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. The

Eagles improved to 2-2 after defeating host Hawthorne 43-24 last Friday.

In other games involving local teams, Carson picked up its second straight win by topping Hamilton 20-12 last Friday at Los Angeles Harbor College.

The Colts have their final non-league game at Harbor College against a very good Cleveland team from Reseda, ranked sixth in the CIF-L.A. City Section by Maxpreps, today at 7:30 p.m.

Narbonne fell at home to Woodland Hills El Camino Real 32-22.

The Gauchos finish non-league play at home against Dominguez High from Compton Friday at 7 p.m.

Torrance fell to 1-3 with a 20-0 loss to host Garden Grove last Friday. The Tartars have a bye this week before hosting Pioneer League power Lawndale on Sept. 30. The Cardinals are 1-3 against a very tough preseason schedule that included being shut out by host Inglewood 21-0 last Saturday.

Bishop Montgomery began Camino Real League play by rolling over host Bosco Tech 41-7 last Friday in Rosemead.

Quarterback Diego Rodriguez completed seven of 21 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Cody Graham rushed for 83 yards and two TD’s on 15 carries.

The Knights (4-0-1) travel to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in Montebello for a 7 p.m. CRL game on Friday.

South Torrance was unable to hold onto a lead as it fell to host Peninsula 21-17 last Friday in Rolling Hills Estates.

The Spartans visit an improved Santa Monica team at Santa Monica City College Friday at 7 p.m. The Vikings are 2-2 after shutting out last year’s CIF-L.A. City Section Division I champion Fairfax 29-0 last Friday at SMCC.

West Torrance was expected to have a home showdown with Manhattan Beach Mira Costa last Friday. The Mustangs, however, proved too much for the Warriors with a 34-0 shutout. Mira Costa is 3-1 while West is 2-2.

The Warriors will finish their five-game non-league slate against Bay League teams as they host unbeaten Redondo (4-0) Friday at 7 p.m. The Sea Hawks rolled over Paramount 42-13 last Friday at Redondo.