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Prep Football Spotlight / Facts, Figures And Comments From Last Week's Games : Brown Bomber

September 19, 1993|ROB FERNAS, DUANE PLANK, GREG GONZALEZ AND MITCH POLIN

When Torrance fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half against Redondo, quarterback Tony Brown wasn't worried.

"The way our offense is based on the pass, being behind 21 points isn't much," Brown said.

The senior proved his point by passing for 351 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to rally Torrance to a 34-28 victory at Redondo. The Tartars, who trailed, 21-0, late in the first half and, 28-13, at the end of the third quarter, scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-0.

Torrance scored the game-winning touchdown with 1 minute 14 seconds left on an eight-yard pass from Brown to wide receiver Carlos Bryant, breaking a 28-28 tie. The Tartars' other fourth-quarter touchdowns came on Brown passes covering three yards to wide receiver Daymon Felis with 7:37 left and 42 yards to running back Andre Hilliard with 4:58 left.

"Brown was composed and showed good leadership," Torrance Coach Bill Bynum said. "At the half, we told them that there are two halves to the game, and that we had to win the second half."

Redondo won the first half behind tailback Nigel Greer, who scored on runs of 55, 57 and eight yards to make the score 21-0 with 3:57 left in the second quarter. Torrance pulled within 21-7 before halftime on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Hilliard.

Bynum said the Tartars tried but failed to establish a running game.

"We have to have some balance," said Bynum, whose previous teams were heavily pass-oriented but had losing records. "We may come out and run one of these games and scare somebody, but I wouldn't bet on it."

FLAG DAY

The way Leuzinger played, it's no surprise that Coach Fred Boehm said it felt like he aged a few years Friday night.

"I think I had a few brown hairs before the game," said the silver-haired Boehm. "I don't have have any now. No chance."

Leuzinger defeated West Torrance, 9-8, but the mistake-plagued Olympians made things tough on themselves. They were penalized 18 times for 165 yards and nearly fumbled the game away late in the fourth quarter, hanging on when West's Jim Yates missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 1:03 left.

Instead of learning from its mistakes, Leuzinger seemed to become more undisciplined as the game wore on. The Olympians were penalized five times for 60 yards in the fourth quarter, when they had a touchdown called back because of two embarrassing infractions.

Leading, 9-8, early in the fourth quarter, Leuzinger quarterback Jason Simmons completed a short pass to tight end Aaron Williams, who broke a tackle and raced along the sideline for an apparent 79-yard touchdown.

As he approached the end zone, though, Williams taunted West's defenders by holding the ball out with one hand. He was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. To make matters worse, lineman Enga Usu was called for clipping in the open field, some 30 yards behind Williams.

So, instead of having a touchdown and bigger lead, Leuzinger got two 15-yard penalties and had the ball back at its 30-yard line, where the drive stalled.

In the second quarter, a holding penalty nullified an eight-yard scoring run by Olympian running back Don Williams.

"We had to overcome a lot, needless to say," Boehm said. "We're young and we're still learning. That's all there is to it."

Marco Vallado accounted for the winning points and capped the scoring with a 25-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half.

WEST WOES

It was also a rough night for West Coach Kerry Crabb, whose team squandered several scoring chances.

The Warriors twice failed to score after driving inside the Leuzinger five, and blew a chance to win the game after Yates, West's free safety, recovered a Simmons fumble at the Leuzinger 13 with 2:14 left.

Running back Tito Powell swept around right end for a touchdown on the first play after the fumble, but it was nullified by a holding penalty. Three plays later, Yates barely missed to the right on his second field-goal attempt of the game. He was also wide right on a 19-yard attempt in the second quarter, after Leuzinger stopped West on three consecutive running plays from the six, three and two.

"My biggest disappointment is that we're on the two-yard line and we can't put the ball in (the end zone)," Crabb said. "They stuffed us three times in a row."

West reached the Leuzinger three later in the game, but on second and goal, backup quarterback Corey DeVry dropped the ball while preparing to pass and Vallado recovered for Leuzinger at the nine with 7:10 left. It was the only series of the game for DeVry, who was subbing for starter Kirk Bolling.

LONELY GUY

Jaimi Torres has a lonely job. He kicks for Banning, and in two games he has kicked the ball three times--all kickoffs. His one extra-point try in last week's 16-6 loss to Muir never made it to the holder's hands because of a bad snap.

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