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October 19, 1989|STEVE HENSON

Some might describe it as boring, but no one can deny that the Ventura College offense has been effective. Heck, the more boring the better, if Saturday's 24-14 Western State Conference victory over L.A. Valley is an indication.

The Pirates rushed for 297 yards and attempted only nine passes in extending their record to 5-0. The ho-hum game plan excites Ryan Rapoza, however, who along with fellow backs John Johnson and Ferando Green benefits the most.

Rapoza, a sophomore, rushed for 119 yards in 14 carries, his first 100-yard game since the opener.

"Ryan ran the ball extremely well. He helped us establish a good running game," Coach Phil Passno.

After the Pirates took a 21-14 halftime lead, Ventura's running game chewed up the clock in the second half, effectively keeping the Valley offense off the field. Scoring in the second half ground to a near halt as Ventura added a field goal and Valley was held scoreless.

That could be called boring but Rapoza will remain to content to bore holes into opposing defenses as long as Ventura keeps winning.

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