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NOTEBOOK : Perez Dashes to State Title

It took Oscar Perez three journeys to Fresno, but he finally got the state cross-country championship he longed for since his sophomore year at Pater Noster High.

Perez, a senior who finished second in the state in 1988, held off a final surge by El Cajon Christian junior David Soto to win the Division III individual state title last weekend at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Perez led Pater Noster to a seventh-place finish in the Division III race.

Hanging in: Franklin High, the only Glendale-area team still competing in the football playoffs, will meet Gardena in a City Section Northern Conference quarterfinal game Friday night at Wilson High.

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The key to victory for Franklin?

“Our quarterback has to play,” Coach Armando Gonzalez said.

Panther quarterback Santiago Alvarez completed 20 of 30 attempts for 208 yards and a touchdown during Franklin’s 27-3 victory over Huntington Park last week.

Alvarez, however, left the game in the third quarter with a hyper-extended knee.

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Alvarez has passed for 3,260 yards and 46 touchdowns this season.

Franklin defeated Gardena, 34-6, earlier this season in what Gonzales described as his team’s best game of the year.

Over and out: Marshall High’s football season came to an end with a 28-6 loss to unbeaten Venice in a City Section Northern Conference playoff game at Venice.

The Barristers finished 5-6 in a season highlighted by outstanding performances by quarterback Carlos Gutierrez and wide receiver Miguel Osorio.

Gutierrez, a senior, had the unenviable task of replacing Sid Oxford, last season’s City Section passing leader. Gutierrez, however, surpassed Oxford (1,470 yards) with 1,635 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Osorio, also a senior, had 42 receptions for 748 yards and 13 touchdowns.


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