Serra starts slow before putting away Notre Dame; all sports for Oct. 8

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After a slow start, Serra High’s football team got in gear to defeat host Notre Dame High 35-20 in a Mission League game last Friday in Sherman Oaks.

The Cavaliers, who improved to 2-0 in league and 5-1 overall, trailed the Knights 10-0 after the first quarter before letting loose for five touchdowns in the final three periods.

After a slow start, Serra High’s football team got in gear to defeat host Notre Dame High 35-20 in a Mission League game last Friday in Sherman Oaks.

The Cavaliers, who improved to 2-0 in league and 5-1 overall, trailed the Knights 10-0 after the first quarter before letting loose for five touchdowns in the final three periods.

All-around quarterback Khalil Tate continued to dominate as he was responsible for 434 of Serra’s 509 total offensive yards. Tate completed 17 of 28 passes for 249 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. He rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.

Wide receiver Isaiah Diego Williams caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one TD. Wide receiver Brandon Burton caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Serra took a 14-10 halftime lead and led 21-20 after three quarters before adding two scores in the fourth to put the contest away.

Defensively, sophomore Merlin Robertson recorded 10 tackles. Oluwole Betiku had seven tackles including one quarterback sack. Sam Wendt, Tyler Hall and Kevin Hicks each had six tackles. Wendt and Hicks each recorded one sack.

The Cavaliers will host Bishop Amat of La Puente in a key league showdown Friday at 7 p.m. Serra hopes to have its home bleachers completed or the game will be moved to a neutral site.

Last time, the Cavaliers had to host Carson in a non-league game at Long Beach Veterans Stadium on Sept. 11. Serra won that game 43-0.

The Lancers, who are 5-1, are coming off a 49-7 rout of Crespi last Friday at home.

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Mohicans fall to SM Vikings

By Joe Snyder

Sports Editor

The Gardena Mohicans Junior Midget football team fell to 2-2 with a 38-6 home loss to the Santa Monica Vikings last Saturday at Gardena High.

Andre Lawson scored Gardena’s only touchdown on a 60-yard run that cut Santa Monica’s lead to 8-6 midway in the second quarter. The Vikings, however, scored 30 unanswered points to turn the game into a rout.

“This is a new team,” Gardena head coach Bernard Heath said. “We’ve been together only since August. We definitely are going to bounce back.”

The Mohicans have wins over Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs and the Los Angeles Demos and losses to Lakewood and Santa Monica this season.

All Mohican squads fell to the Vikings except the Mohican White Flag team, which edged Santa Monica 6-0.

The Mohican Pee Wee squad was shut out by the Vikings 31-0 to fall to 0-4.

Gardena’s Junior Pee Wee squad fell to Santa Monica but picked up its first win on Sept. 26 over the Orange County Oilers 42-0 at Gahr High in Cerritos. The Mohicans host the Buena Park Eagles Saturday at Gardena High from 8 a.m. with the flag football to 5:30 p.m. with the Junior Midgets.

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GHS begins Marine action after losing at Downey Warren

By Joe Snyder

Sports Editor

Gardena High’s football team fell to 3-2 after getting routed by host Warren High 45-7 last Friday in Downey.

Running back Tyler Frazier scored the Panthers’ lone touchdown.

The Bears improved to 4-1 and are ranked 12th in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division.

Gardena begins Marine League play at Carson Friday at 7 p.m. Last Friday, the Colts won their first game of the season by upsetting host West Torrance 34-27.

Carson holds off West: Carson High’s football team picked up its first win of the season by upsetting host West Torrance 34-27 in its non-league finale last Friday.

The Colts, who got off to a slow start, had a strong running performance by Floyd Willis and Ari Harris. Willis rushed for 235 yards and ran for three touchdowns of six, 65 and 91 yards. Harris rushed for 165 yards.

Quarterback Jayh Ballinger completed 17 of 28 passes for 175 yards and two TD’s, one of 70 yards to Dayshawn Little.

For the Warriors, who dropped their third consecutive game after winning their first two, were led by running back E.J. Hatter who ran for 130 yards and one TD. Quarterback Drake Peabody completed 19 of 37 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 107.

Carson begins the Marine League at home against Gardena (3-2) on Friday.

The Warriors start the Pioneer League at home against Leuzinger High from Lawndale, which won its first game of the season at home over rival Hawthorne 34-13 last Friday.

Narbonne outlasts Los Alamitos: Narbonne High’s football team improved to 3-2 after topping host Los Alamitos 35-28 in their final non-league game last Thursday at Long Beach City College’s Veterans Stadium.

Quarterback Roman Ale had a big game by completing 13 of 29 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown.

Wide receiver Davaughn Cooper caught five passes for 114 yards and one TD.

Running back Sean Riley rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.

Kameron Denmark had two receptions for 17- and 13-yard touchdowns.

The Gauchos begin Marine League at home against Washington High Friday at 7 p.m.

North hosts Centennial: After an off week and finishing off with a 4-1 non-league record, North Torrance High’s football team begins Pioneer League play at home against Centennial High from Compton Friday at 7 p.m.

The Apaches (0-5) are coming off a 28-7 home loss to Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula last Friday.

Serra starts slow before putting away Notre Dame; all sports for Oct. 8