Call it revenge of the neighborhood kids. Friends since they were teammates in T-ball, quarterback Jake Constantine, defensive back Elijah Alexander and the rest of their buddies from Camarillo High improved to 7-0 on Friday night with a 40-39 football victory over Calabasas.
Ranked No. 1 in the Northern Division, the Scorpions have never had so much fun, because many have grown up together. Even when Camarillo fell behind early, the Scorpions didn't panic against the Coyotes (6-1).
"We knew it was going to be a hard game," Constantine said. "I told the guys, 'We can't worry about the score. Take one play at a time.'"
Alexander and Frankie Tostado each had interceptions. Along with Constantine, they are all key members of Camarillo's baseball team. Before football practice, Constantine said, "We swing the bat for fun."
Santa Clarita Golden Valley, 0-45 in school history competing in the Foothill League, ended the streak with a 35-6 win over Canyon Country Canyon.
Jesse Camacho rushed for 178 yards in 30 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Grizzlies (5-2, 1-1).
"I'm a little speechless but what a win," Coach Dan Kelley said. "I'm happy for my team, the Golden Valley student body and staff, the community and those that never stopped believing. Now that we have accomplished this victory we can finally move on."
San Marino (7-0, 2-0) ended Monrovia's Rio Hondo League winning streak at 38 games with a 49-14 victory. San Marino hadn't beaten Monrovia since 2003. J.P. Shohfi had touchdowns on a punt return, a catch and a run in the first quarter.
L.A. is for real
Call it the changing of the guard in City Section football.
Los Angeles (7-0, 2-0) completed a rare sweep of Crenshaw and Dorsey in the Coliseum League with a 34-21 win over Dorsey.
The Romans were 1-9 two years ago. Then Coach Eric Scott showed up. Last year they won the Division III title. This year they're the favorite to win Division II.
Asked whether his players realize what they had accomplished in beating City Section powers back to back, Scott said, "They don't know the magnitude."
Junior quarterback Kaymen Cureton completed 16 of 23 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two touchdowns. Elijah Thompson rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown. Justin Rogers caught five passes for 130 yards and one touchdown.
Miguel Guerra of South Gate (6-1, 2-0) passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 57-23 Eastern League win over Huntington Park.
Mike Brown of Temecula Linfield Christian made a 57-yard field goal in a win over Upland Western Christian. Daniel Gutierrez of Granada Hills made a 54-yard field goal in a win over Reseda Cleveland.