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Buena Coach Hopes Team Is Unconditional Success at End

September 17, 1993

Buena High football Coach Rick Scott was perplexed by his team's fatigue in the fourth quarter of its 21-14 nonleague loss to Westlake last week. Many Bulldogs looked lethargic throughout most of the second half as the Warriors overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit. Scott is hoping the Bulldogs can save energy for the waning moments tonight against Agoura.

"We had three long weeks of conditioning and we just lost our legs against Westlake," Scott said. "We tried to grind it out and control the clock in the second half, and maybe I should have opened it up a little more, but I thought we were in good enough shape to run George (Keiaho) and control the clock.

"Hopefully, we can stay fresh for a whole game this week."


Gabriela Rodriguez of Oxnard (17 minutes 57 seconds over the three-mile course) finished a distant third behind Jessica De La Cerda (17:23) of Hart and Molly Mehlberg (17:27) of Peninsula in the Seaside Invitational at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura on Saturday, but neither she nor Coach Derek Turner was overly concerned with the loss.

Turner said all summer that Rodriguez, the third-place finisher in the 3,200 meters in the state track championships in June, would start the season slowly before gradually building to a peak at the state championships in November.

Rodriguez's time--30 seconds faster than she ran at Seaside last year--seems to indicate that she's on the right track.


Great Expectations

The Agoura girls' volleyball team recently served notice to its league rivals that it is the team to beat this season.

The Chargers finished fifth--the highest finish among four league teams--in last weekend's power-laden California Classic tournament at Thousand Oaks.

"That's a good finish for them," Royal Coach Bob Ferguson said. "They kind of let the rest of the league know they expect to win (the league title)."

Four area teams--Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Royal and Westlake--participated in the 16-team tournament, which featured eight teams ranked among the top 20 in the state's preseason poll, including Poway (ranked third), the Lancers (11th) and the Chargers (17th).


Return on Investment

Taft has made an investment in its passing game, which probably needed it.

Coach Troy Starr purchased a $1,700 automated passing machine, mainly to throw passes to track speedster Andre DeSaussure, who pulled down five passes for 106 yards in last week's 3-0 victory over Crespi. "We're making him catch 100 balls a day," Starr said.


It'll soon be air time for Kennedy--and not in terms of the passing game.

Coach Bob Francola was interviewed last weekend by a Bakersfield radio station regarding his team's nonleague game with powerhouse Bakersfield tonight.

Francola said he did a live interview that lasted several minutes, then recorded another interview to be played before the game. Self-reviews were mixed.

"It was just like 'Bull Durham,' " Francola said. "I used all the cliches and said all the right things."


Francola figured the team's reception at Sylmar last week would be icy. After all, it was Kennedy assistant Tom Sams' videotape of an improper Sylmar meeting on Labor Day that prompted the City Section to place the Spartans on probation for the year. Yeah, Kennedy was keeping its collective eyes open, but maintaining its sense of humor, too.

"Sams was looking for a red laser light on his shirt the whole game," Francola cracked.


Wanted: Big Leg

Calling all kickers.

Littlerock Coach Jim Bauer was in a quandary. Three days before the season began, his kicker moved to Reseda. In last week's 22-15 victory over Serrano, he was forced to give the ball to running back Bryan Wilkins on all three two-point conversion attempts. Wilkins scored on two of three tries.

This week's goal is to find somebody who can boot one over the crossbar.

"It's going to be a complete casting call," Bauer said. "We've rounded up all the soccer guys on campus."


Antelope Valley, ranked eighth in Southern Section Division I, is playing tailback roulette.

Three backs--C.J. Fagan, Chad Murphy and Jermaine Lewis--played last week and combined for 90 yards and two touchdowns in 18 carries.

Coach Brent Newcomb, who is trying to keep the legs of all three fresh, will continue the shuttle plan. Since he has only 33 players on the varsity, the three must contribute defensively.

"I might start rotating them by series, but I'm not sure," Newcomb said. "(Either way), it's hard to get into a rhythm."


Welcome back, Michael Perry.

Perry, a running back who missed much of last season because of a broken collarbone, rushed for 177 yards in 15 carries (11.8 average) to lead Quartz Hill to a 46-13 victory over Victor Valley last week. Last season, Perry rushed for 235 yards in 51 carries (4.6 average).


Last year, Antonio Arce of Palmdale was considered one of the top sophomore runners in the area.

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