Newbury Park High attempted a two-point conversion after every touchdown in Friday's 38-27 win over Buena and converted four of five.
Don't expect Newbury Park to kick an extra point soon, or Coach George Hurley to call off the dogs. "We're done kicking," Hurley said. "We have some high-percentage plays that go for two points. It's just a matter of getting eight points instead of seven."
Hurley said the Panthers will go for two after every touchdown. Moreover, junior quarterback Keith Smith, who has passed for 859 yards and nine touchdowns, will come out only if injured, and the Panthers will continue to throw until the final gun.
"That's the offense we run," Hurley said. "We have to do what we practice to do, and we certainly are not going to practice being three touchdowns ahead."
But what about pay-back?
"We've talked about how we're going to handle this," Hurley said. "And we're going to do what we're going to do. I know what goes around comes around and I've been whupped bad. Somewhere down the road, (opposing coaches will) remember it."
Surveying the field at practice Tuesday afternoon, Santa Clara Coach Tom O'Brien noticed he was missing some players--13 to be exact.
While two are injured, the others missed the session for reasons not pertaining to football.
"We've got one guy going to traffic court, others who have somebody to visit, others who are doing family things," O'Brien said. "I just can't believe all this happened on one day."
The situation was about the last thing the Saints' coach wanted, especially after a 35-0 nonleague loss to Rio Mesa last Friday dropped the team's record to 1-2.
O'Brien, however, is trying to keep his remaining players upbeat.
"It would be real easy to get upset about the situation, but I tell the (assistant) coaches that we need to keep positive for the kids who are here," O'Brien said. "We have to stay focused for these kids because they are the ones who are going to play."
Every season since Sylmar High Coach Jeff Engilman took over five years ago, the Spartans have produced a 1,000-yard rusher.
Former standouts Jerome Casey (1987-89) and Tobaise Brookins ('90-91) made the most of running out of the I formation.
Engilman's offense remains virtually intact, but this season he has three capable backs, each of whom rushed for 100-plus yards and two touchdowns in a 55-0 victory over El Camino Real last week: Tyrone Crenshaw (14 carries, 159 yards), Ibn Bilal (seven carries, 115 yards) and Gabriel Rodriguez (10 carries, 113 yards).
Will Engilman keep the streak alive? "Oh, I think we will," he said. "Crenshaw is already on a pretty nice clip."
Crenshaw, a junior who played sparingly behind Brookins last season, has 294 yards in 29 carries.
After throwing five interceptions in his first game as St. Genevieve's varsity quarterback, Alex Muller was instructed by Coach Richard Fong to avoid putting the ball up for grabs instead of taking a sack.
Muller seems to have learned his lesson well.
He was sacked 12 times against Serra last week.
After his truancy caused the biggest ruckus since that Ferris Bueller guy took a day off, Tarik Smith wanted to set things right with his coaches and teammates.
Moreover, the Oak Park standout senior running back--benched last week because he skipped class--was eager to display the form that has made him one of the top recruits in the Southland.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Smith gained 225 yards in 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in leading the undefeated Eagles to a 21-7 win over L.A. Baptist.
"He was extremely eager to get into the game," Coach Dick Billingsley said. "By the way he practiced, I knew he was intent on getting back on the right track. He made it clear he wanted the ball on every play."
Smith, who had 80 yards in 15 carries in the Eagles' opening win over Murphy, gained 198 yards in the first half and scored on runs of 35, five and 87 yards.
AROUND THE GLOBE
When Chatsworth quarterback David Muir spreads the ball around, he really covers the map.
Muir has passed for 542 yards to lead City Section quarterbacks in the Valley, but his targets could make up an All-World team.
Tailback Nestor Davila, who has rushed for a team-high 267 yards and caught six passes, was born in Nicaragua. Fullback Rozheh Nahapetian, who has a rushing and receiving touchdown, was born in Armenia. Receiver Danny Batsalkin, who ranks first on the team in receiving yardage, was born in the former Soviet Union.
The three have played a prominent role in making Chatsworth a bona fide contender for the City Section 3-A Division championship after losing to Crenshaw in the final last fall.
And Muir? He hails from Kansas City, Mo.
THE NAME GAME
We get De-lirious.
Included on the Taft roster are Dion Gaston, Dion Patton, Dayon Shaw and Deshon Polk, and the four are more than a little active when it comes to game time.