Palisades 16, Santa Monica 12
Andre Harris rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown in 24 carries and Dylan Cohen completed five of 10 passes for 54 yards and ran for a 17-yard score for Palisades (2-0). Cohen also kicked a 22-yard field goal. Anthony Simmons rushed for 128 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run, in 12 carries for Santa Monica (0-2).
Venice 17, Loyola 13
Venice scored a major victory Friday night, but it was a bigger triumph for City Section football.
Venice held off a fierce rally by Los Angeles Loyola to hold on for the victory over the Cubs at Santa Monica College.
It was vindication for City Section schools, which have long been an afterthought compared to Southern Section schools in the heirarchy of Southern California high school football. It was a more convincing statement considering the team Venice defeated.
Loyola, a four-time major-division champion that is ranked No. 6 by The Times, is no ordinary Southern Section team. It is traditionally one of the best and most respected teams in the Southland.
"This is a huge win for our program and for all of City football," said Coach Angelo Gasca of Venice (2-0), which is ranked No. 19. "I grew up knowing a lot about Loyola. I knew what we were facing tonight."
Loyola (1-1) trailed, 10-0, at halftime and 17-0 after Byron Ellis scored from two yards with 7 minutes 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Cubs stormed back and pulled to within 17-13 with 7:01 left in the game when Trason Bragg scored on a two-yard run.
Loyola's defense forced Venice to punt after three plays on its next possession and took over at the Venice 30-yard line after a poor punt with almost five minutes to play.
Two plays later, however, Venice linebacker Oton Garcia stripped the ball from Bragg and Erick Lobos recovered the fumble for Venice with 4:39 left. The Gondoliers picked up two first downs and ran 12 plays to run out the clock.
Beau Davis completed 16 of 26 passes for 199 yards and receiver Ryan Graves caught four passes for 126 yards for Venice. Ellis had 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 21 carries.
Scott Deke completed 12 of 22 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown for Loyola. Bragg had 103 yards rushing in 19 carries.
El Centro Central 13, Coachella Valley 0
Fallbrook 36, Esperanza 35
Las Vegas (Nev.) 36, Leuzinger 30
Corona Centennial 70, Manual Arts 8