Everybody Is First, Last

Times Staff Writer

It didn't take long for the parity in the Southland's toughest league to surface.

After only two weeks of league play, there's a six-way tie between the Serra League's six teams at 1-1.

Over the weekend, the three teams from Los Angeles County — Bellflower St. John Bosco (6-1 overall), La Puente Bishop Amat (5-2) and L.A. Loyola (4-3) — defeated the three from Orange County — Santa Margarita (6-1), Anaheim Servite (6-1) and Santa Ana Mater Dei (3-4).

In the first week of league play, it was the other way around.

"A lot of that has to do with the emotion of being in the Serra League," Bishop Amat Coach Mike DiFiori said. "Every week is such an emotional week. You can't let your body take over, you can't get mentally tired in this league, you have to be ready to go. If you come off a loss, your next game is that much more important."

Heading into play this last weekend, five of the six teams were ranked among The Times' top 25.

"You've got six teams who have proven they can beat each other on any given night," St. John Bosco Coach Kiki Mendoza said. "There is no favorite.

"You have to be able to run the football, you have to be able to stop the run, and it's not always pretty. I think that's the way a Catholic school league should be."

Streak Breakers The streak is finally over in the Foothill League.

No, not that streak. Newhall Hart won its 60th consecutive game, defeating Canyon Country Canyon, 56-21, on Thursday. But Burbank had a losing streak that was nearly as long as Hart's winning streak.

The Bulldogs ended a 51-game league losing streak — dating to the last game of the 1992 season — with a 16-14 victory over Saugus on Friday.

You Gotta Have Hart Hart's shellacking of No. 12 Canyon was surprising only in the sense that Canyon's vaunted offense, which had scored no fewer than 42 points in any game this season, was relatively stifled.

Then again, Hart, ranked No. 8, had the first defense Canyon faced that was allowing fewer than 22 points per game.

Well-Grounded Team Who needs to pass? Not Compton Dominguez, which is 7-0 despite completing only 12 passes the entire season.

The Dons did not attempt a pass in the second half of their 30-27 San Gabriel Valley League victory Friday over Lynwood. They finished the game one for four, with their only completion coming on an option pass from running back Darryl Crummie to quarterback Terry Mixon.

Mixon is 10 for 26 this season, but when he connects, it's usually for a touchdown. He has seven.

Dominguez ran the ball 58 times for 340 yards against Lynwood, with senior Sam Hopkins rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns in the best game of his career.

"All you have to do is believe," Hopkins said of his team's one-dimensional style that led to an 11th consecutive victory over Lynwood.

Dominguez benefited from the return of 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman Chilo Racheal, who had missed the first six games because of a broken foot. Racheal, who has committed to USC, entered the game on the Dons' third series and helped them drive 88 yards for the game's first touchdown.

Engilman Wins 200th Coach Jeff Engilman of Sylmar won his 200th game on Friday with a 28-21 victory over North Hills Monroe. The Spartans lost a 14-point lead before winning their Valley Mission League game on a double-pass play with 44 seconds left.

Rob Fernas and Eric Maddy contributed to this report.

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