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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 10 : Sylmar Gets Realigned in Shocking of Monroe

TIMES STAFF WRITER

It was supposed to be a decent matchup.

Instead, it was a colossal mismatch.

Sylmar High showed a young Monroe team who is still king of the Valley Pac-8 Conference with a 54-12 victory Thursday night at Monroe.

“We needed this like a car needs four wheels,” said tailback Durell Price, who showed some wheels of his own with 177 yards and five touchdowns in 17 carries.

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The Spartans (10-0, 7-0 in conference play) were coming off three subpar games--by Sylmar standards--including a 27-24 squeaker over North Hollywood two weeks ago.

“I can’t ask any more of my players,” said Sylmar Coach Jeff Engilman, who is expected to draw the No. 1 seeding in the City Section 4-A Division playoffs.

“It was a total team effort.”

The effort couldn’t have been better, but the score could have been worse.

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The Spartans had three touchdowns--all of them by Gerrod Taylor--called back because of penalties.

Sylmar has won 24 consecutive games and has not lost a conference game since 1989, a streak of 46 victories.

Kenyatta Burris put Monroe up, 6-0, turning an eight-yard pass pattern into a 71-yard touchdown after juking a pair of Sylmar defenders.

It was the fifth touchdown Burris has scored from at least 60 yards.

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But Monroe (7-3, 4-3) self-destructed in the first half, fumbling twice, throwing an interception and having a touchdown of its own called back.

Tailback Jason Anderson, who came into the game with a sprained left ankle, led the Vikings with 85 yards in 12 carries.

Taylor had 91 yards in nine carries for the Spartans, who begin their quest to repeat as 4-A champions in first-round play Friday.

Taylor scored on a 41-yard run and Price added runs of 20 and 14 yards for touchdowns as Sylmar scored 27 points in the second quarter.

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“We’ve just got to keep it up for four more games,” Price said.


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