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Prep Football Spotlight: Facts, Figures And Comments From Last Week's Games : Split Personality

September 12, 1993|ROB FERNAS, DUANE PLANK, GREG GONZALEZ AND WENDY WITHERSPOON

It was a tale of two halves Friday night for South Torrance in its 14-6 victory over host Redondo.

In the first half, the Spartans scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions and gained 183 yards, including 139 rushing.

In the second half, they were shut out and managed only 84 yards, 28 rushing.

Mike Christensen, South's first-year co-coach, said conditioning may have played a part in his team's second-half decline.

"I think we got a little tired," he said. "It might be due to the intensity of the first game. We played a lot of kids tonight but we still got tired."

South running back Kapono Tumale rushed for 100 yards in seven carries in the first half but only 10 yards in eight carries in the second half.

"We've got to get things together," said Tumale, who scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter. "We're not as smooth as we should be. But we did all right. I'm happy."

Co-coach Joe Austin was also pleased, although he acknowledged South could have made things easier on itself. The Spartans missed a chance to extend a 14-0 lead early in the fourth quarter when they were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the Redondo one-yard line.

"We're happy," Austin said. "It just could have been prettier."

It nearly turned ugly for South in the final minutes. After an interception by defensive back Chad Seamans, Redondo drove 76 yards in 10 plays and scored on a five-yard run by tailback Nigel Greer to pull within 14-6 with three minutes 21 seconds left. Redondo failed on a two-point conversion attempt.

After forcing South to punt, Redondo got the ball back at its own 36 with 1:11 left after being penalized 15 yards for clipping on the return. But on first down, defensive back Mel Miller ended the threat by intercepting a pass that bounced off receiver Brian Mahanke.

LETTING GO

Morningside Coach Ron Tatum didn't make any excuses after being told that the Monarchs fumbled 12 times and lost eight in a 34-14 loss to Inglewood at Coleman Stadium.

"It might have been 13," he said. "We played everybody. We looked at all of our quarterbacks and each one had at least two turnovers."

Replacing Stais Boseman might be harder than Tatum anticipated.

HELPING HAND

Senior running back Ron Hand helped make Don Morrow's coaching debut at Mira Costa a successful one, rushing for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs defeated visiting El Segundo, 21-2.

Hand, who had 26 carries, scored on runs of four and three yards in the second quarter and five yards early in the fourth quarter. He was also involved in El Segundo's scoring play when he was trapped in the end zone for a safety.

Defensively, Mira Costa limited El Segundo to 32 total yards and linebacker Casey Glynn recovered two fumbles. Linebacker Jade Byrd also played a strong game.

Despite a decisive victory, the Mustangs played sloppily at times. They lost five fumbles and Morrow said the offensive line had some problems with El Segundo's defense.

"They run a certain stunt," Morrow said. "We knew they were going to run it, they ran it, and they get to our quarterback before he can hand the ball off. It's embarrassing."

Although he was pleased with the victory, Morrow said his team must reduce its mistakes. Besides the turnovers, Mira Costa was penalized nine times for 92 yards.

"We asked the players to give a good, physical effort, and they did," he said. "But we still have a ways to go, that's for sure."

GROUNDED

What did Mira Costa and Banning have in common in their openers?

Answer: Each team completed only one pass.

Mira Costa quarterback Ryan Barnes was one for four for 30 yards against El Segundo and Banning sophomore Ira McKenna completed his only pass for seven yards in a 16-6 loss to Muir.

CITY VS. SOUTHERN

When Carson of the City Section and Bishop Amat of the Southern Section played Friday night at Veterans Stadium, it was one of the few times opportunities this season for fans to a see an inter-sectional game.

Because of the demise of the Reebok Bowl, there will be no postseason game in 1993 matching the major division champions from the local sections.

Although the Southern Section is larger, the debate has been raging for years about which section is stronger.

Bishop Amat Coach Mark Paredes has his own solution to ending the controversy.

"I think we ought to play more (against each other) to put the comparisons to rest," he said.

Of course, Paredes has reason to feel that way. Bishop Amat's last two victories have been against City schools. The Lancers completed a 15-0 season in 1992 by beating Sylmar in the Reebok Bowl, and they opened the season Friday with a 14-0 victory over Carson.

South Bay schools were on the losing ends of two other inter-sectional games. Muir, a Southern Section Division III semifinalist last season, defeated Banning, 16-6, and Dorsey of the City Section beat Leuzinger, 21-8.

GOOSE EGGS

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