Taft Defeats Granada Hills

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Not even cafeteria food can stop Steve Smith and Chris Morgan.

Queasy from lunch, the Woodland Hills Taft High receivers distinguished themselves quite well in a 40-6 victory over Granada Hills on Friday night in a West Valley League opener.

Smith had 11 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Morgan had 74 yards and one touchdown on four receptions and returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown.

“We were both feeling ill from that stuff they feed us,” Smith said. “My stomach was killing me. I was out of it until the second quarter.”


Quarterback Ricky Clausen completed 24 of 42 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns for Taft (5-1), which had 489 yards.

Taft tailback Lee Marks rushed for 159 yards in 22 carries and added 71 yards on six receptions.

Granada Hills (4-2) was without its primary weapon, receiver Joey Rodriguez, who was sidelined from a concussion he suffered a week ago.