L.A. Lutheran got off to a rocky start in the world of 8-man high school football Saturday afternoon.
The Lions, who compiled a 2-7-1 record as a member of the Alpha League in 1986, were tamed by Twin Pines, 40-6, in their first-ever 8-man contest.
After L.A. Lutheran's Travis Canel fumbled the opening kickoff, visiting Twin Pines wasted little time in lighting up the scoreboard.
On the first play from scrimmage, Marvin Burns hit running back Eric McDavis with a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the first quarter, running back Shawn Fletcher scampered 48 yards for Twin Pines' second touchdown, making the score 12-0.
McDavis put the game away in the third quarter when he scored on a 62-yard run. After the two-point conversion, Twin Pines led, 20-0.
McDavis also returned an intercepted pass 23 yards in the fourth quarter for his third touchdown.
Lutheran scored its only points in the fourth quarter when Ron Nohles ran 42 yards for a touchdown.
T--McDavis 30 pass from Burns (run failed)
T--Fletcher 48 run (run failed)
T--Hines 20 pass from Burns (run failed)
T--McDavis 62 run (Fletcher pass from Burns)
T--McDavis 23 interception return (Fletcher pass from Burns)
T--Burns 13 run
L--Nohles 42 run
Rio Hondo Prep 35, Faith Baptist 24--Rick Johnson passed for two touchdowns and Dave Carson ran for one score and caught a touchdown pass to lead Rio Hondo to a nonleague victory in an 8-man football game at Faith Baptist.
Faith Baptist took a 24-14 lead in the third quarter behind a pair of touchdown runs by junior David Hairston, but Rio Hondo scored the final 21 points of the game.
Richard Leon had two interceptions for Faith Baptist. F--Lutz 10 run (Lutz kick)
R--Carson 5 run (Carson kick)
F--Hairston 1 run (kick failed)
R--Heaton 7 run (Carson kick)
F--FG Lutz 41
F--Hairston 2 run (Nabi pass from Leon)
R--Dalde 60 pass from Johnson (Carson pass from Johnson)
R--Carson 16 pass from Johnson (pass failed)
R--Heaton 1 run (Carson kick)
Bellarmine-Jefferson 13, Santa Clara 0--Rossi Johnson's 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the third quarter gave the Guards a 10-0 lead en route to a season-opening victory at Memorial Stadium in Burbank.
Mike Lattanzio closed out the scoring with his second field goal of the game, a 25-yard effort, with 8:39 left in the game.
Phil Reynolds, a 5-7, 150-pound senior tailback, rushed 18 times for 75 yards for Bell-Jeff.
BJ--FG Lattanzio 21
BJ--Johnson 94 kickoff return (Lattanzio kick)
BJ--FG Lattanzio 25
Pilgrim 48, Simi Valley Lutheran 0--Coach Rob Marti didn't expect his Simi Valley Lutheran team to win the first football game in its history Saturday.
With only 11 players, survival was all Marti had in mind.
"It was a good experience," Marti said of the lopsided defeat. "My guys played their hearts out and not one of them quit on me."