September 30, 2012
It's the midway point of the high school football season, and there have been so many strange, unexpected developments that not even the most competent psychic could have predicted what has transpired.
Among the shock and awe:
Long Beach Poly, an 18-time Southern Section champion, lost a game, 56-0.
Carson, an 11-time City Section champion, lost a game, 72-0.
Quarterback Johnny Stanton of Santa Margarita passed for 132 yards and ran for 100 yards against Ventura St. Bonaventure, then found out after the game his season was over because of a torn ACL and torn meniscus. The kid either doesn't feel pain or is tougher than a UFC fighter.
Anaheim Servite, the Pac-5 champion in 2009 and 2010, was shut out in consecutive games.
Damon Riggins, a running back at Westlake Village Oaks Christian, played for the Lions on a Friday night, transferred to Encino Crespi on a Monday, practiced for two days with the Celts, then returned to play for Oaks Christian on a Friday. Was he a spy? Was he on a field trip? Was he an example of things to come in the transfer game?
Quarterback Conner Manning of Lake Forest El Toro looked like Peyton Manning in passing for an Orange County-record 613 yards in a game.
Harbor City Narbonne, a City Section team, defeated Long Beach Poly, Gardena Serra and Santa Ana Mater Dei, three of the most powerful programs in the Southern Section.
Bellflower St. John Bosco was cruising along with a 4-0 record when the Braves discovered they had an ineligible player, dropping their record to 0-4 and setting off panic in Brave Nation.
After an alleged hazing incident at South Gate South East, the coach was fired, the athletic director was replaced and the principal disappeared, but 10 players had their suspensions overturned after missing just one game. Just another dull month in the dysfunctional LAUSD.
Crenshaw traveled to Oaks Christian, intercepted five passes and pulled out a 13-2 victory against a team that was ranked No. 2 in the Pac-5 Division.
If the next two months are anything like the first six weeks, I'm going to need a vacation in Timbuktu.
Win in Utah
Nick Lehman caught a 27-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 42 seconds left, and Reid Budrovich made the conversion kick to give St. John Bosco a 34-33 victory over Sandy (Utah) Jordan on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
The Braves (1-4) intercepted three passes, the last by Brett Baldwin with 22 seconds left. Quarterback Josh Rosen threw four touchdown passes, two to Lehman.
Surgery a success
Santa Margarita's Stanton had surgery Friday and said it was a success on his Twitter feed. He also said he received a get well-card from Tim Tebow.
Let the fun begin
League play begins Friday in the Trinity, Serra and Mission leagues, so get ready for lots of close games and last-minute game-winning field goals.
Among this week's matchups: Orange Lutheran vs. St. John Bosco, Santa Margarita vs. Servite, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame vs. Alemany, Los Angeles Loyola vs. Encino Crespi, West Hills Chaminade vs. Gardena Serra.
If I'm a kicker, I'd get lots of rest or start meeting with a sports psychologist, because your moment in the spotlight is about to happen.
Piling up yards
In his last two games, running back Josh Martinez of Burbank Bell-Jeff has accumulated 571 yards rushing and receiving and scored 10 touchdowns. He had five touchdowns Friday in a 50-49 win over Pasadena Poly.
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