Los Angeles Loyola quarterback Scott Deke was the star on both sides of the ball.
Deke threw four touchdown passes and broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone with 10 seconds left to preserve a 29-24 victory over Bellflower St. John Bosco in a Serra League game Saturday night at Glendale High.
Deke, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 283 yards, threw his fourth touchdown pass with 2:28 remaining to give the Cubs their final lead.
St. John Bosco (6-2, 1-2) marched down the field on its final possession, reaching the Loyola five-yard line on a first-down run by Terrance King. But a penalty for an illegal receiver down field, followed by an incomplete pass and a five-yard loss by King on an option, left the Braves with fourth and goal from the 15 with 16 seconds left.
A trick pass from backup quarterback Jeff Edwards to starting quarterback Patrick Cowan was batted away in the end zone by Deke, giving the Cubs their 16th victory in their last 17 meetings between the teams.
Loyola (5-3, 2-1) missed an opportunity to take a double-digit lead in the first half, when consecutive penalties wiped out a touchdown and moved the ball from first and goal at the Braves' five to the 30.
The Cubs then turned the ball over on downs and the Braves scored four plays later on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to De Andre Washington for a 14-10 lead.
-- Dan Arritt
Carson 30, Gardena 12 -- Bo Napolean completed only five passes, but three went for touchdowns as the grieving junior quarterback led the Colts past previously unbeaten Gardena in a Marine League game at Carson.
Napolean, whose maternal grandfather died of heart disease last week, left the field immediately afterward with his father, Carson quarterback coach Kevin Napolean, to attend a funeral service that had begun earlier in the day.
The quarterback completed five of 12 passes for 47 yards with one interception, but he threw scoring passes of 13 and four yards to Jordan Fata to give the Colts (5-3, 3-0) a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Carson, which has won the past four Marine League titles, for the most part took the inside track to another championship with its defense.
Gardena (7-1, 2-1), contending for its first league title since 1974, struggled on offense and special teams, lending Carson excellent field position all game.
The Panthers' Chris Green, who entered with 1,104 yards, was limited to 39 yards in 16 carries.
Senior quarterback Milo Otis was the most effective rusher for Gardena with 106 yards and both scores in 12 carries.
Carson intercepted two passes by Otis. One was returned 57 yards for a touchdown by Chet Sanders, who has intercepted four passes in three games since returning from knee surgery.
Gardena's Nate Ness intercepted two passes, but he was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second quarter.
Ness was sore but expected to make a full recovery and be released from the hospital after undergoing precautionary X-rays and tests Saturday night, according to Gardena assistant principal Ed Johnson.
-- Lauren Peterson