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SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: DIVISION VI : Fullerton Stops Kennedy Offense in 16-7 Victory

Thanks to what Coach Steve Nishimoto called his team’s best defensive effort of the season, Fullerton High School advanced to the Southern Section Division VI football semifinals with a 16-7 victory over Kennedy Friday night at Fullerton.

The Fullerton defense, which forced 4 interceptions by Kennedy quarterback Peter Montana, was led by defensive back Chad Ledbetter, who had 3 interceptions.

All three of Ledbetter’s interceptions came in the fourth quarter and halted Kennedy’s three final comeback attempts.

“Our defense just did a great job. It was our best game of the year,” Nishimoto said. “Kennedy has so many offensive weapons, and our defense was able to shut them out.”

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Kennedy’s only touchdown came on a 92-yard kickoff return by James Chun and cut the Indians’ lead to 13-7 with 2:22 left in the third quarter. Fullerton had taken a 13-0 lead only moments earlier on quarterback Brent Bice’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Rubal.

Fullerton added a 24-yard field goal by John Bailey with 5:20 left in the game to extend Fullerton’s lead to 16-7, and Ledbetter ended Kennedy’s final three drives with interceptions.

Running back Steve DePhillips led the Fullerton offense with 186 yards in 31 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Fullerton a 6-0 halftime lead.


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