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Prep Football Spotlight : Facts, Figures And Comments From Last Week's Games : Don't Get In Their Way

September 26, 1993|ROB FERNAS, MITCH POLIN, GREG GONZALEZ AND PETER BARZILAI

If you get a kick out of watching running backs who resemble linemen, Mira Costa was the place to be Friday night.

The nonleague game between the host Mustangs and Santa Monica featured perhaps the two biggest ball carriers in Southern California--Mira Costa junior fullback Phil Fonua and Santa Monica senior tailback Michael Jackson.

Fonua, whose calves resemble tree trunks, is listed as 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds. Don't believe it. Mira Costa Coach Don Morrow said Fonua weighed in at 287 pounds last week.

Jackson, a sought-after recruit who also plays tight end, is listed at 6-2 and 250, but he looks heavier judging by the way he spills out of his uniform.

Despite their sizes, both players have good quickness and agility. Fonua rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns in eight carries and caught two passes for 36 yards to help Mira Costa to a 31-0 victory. Jackson was bottled up by the Mustang defense, finishing with only 12 yards in 11 carries. He had three catches for 25 yards.

In addition to his football skills, Fonua is a returning starter on the basketball team and had the South Bay's best shot-put mark last spring. He reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in under five seconds.

"I sometimes wonder if he's afraid to run a kid over, because I know what's going to happen," Morrow said.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

With Friday's shutout, the Mira Costa defense remained unscored upon through three games in 1993. The Mustangs have outscored the opposition, 98-2.

Playing an aggressive eight-man front, Mira Costa held Santa Monica to 22 yards rushing and had three sacks and two interceptions.

"They just beat our butts, no way around it," said Santa Monica Coach Daniel Escalera, whose team had beaten Beverly Hills and Pasadena in its first two games.

Morrow said the play of the defensive line, led by Fonua, Tate McCallister (6-4, 265) and Miguel Prieto (5-11, 230), allows the linebackers to stunt.

"Our linebackers are pretty good stunters," Morrow said. "Ricky Saunders, Casey Glynn and Jade Byrd do a good job. They get freed up by the guys up front."

TAKING OUT THE TRASH

Peninsula tailback James Durroh was determined to silence his trash-talking critics Friday against visiting Culver City. And silence them he did, rushing for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' 45-14 victory.

Durroh, who didn't play last week against Centennial because of a sprained ankle, said players from other teams had been getting on him, challenging him to match his statistics of last season, when he rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 22 TDs.

"Hopefully (other teams) will take this game into consideration," Durroh said. "My first game (against Lakewood) wasn't very good, but I just like to let my playing do the talking. My leg feels 100% now."

Durroh had scoring runs of 70, 42 and one yards. His 70-yarder in the first quarter erased a 7-0 deficit, and his 42-yarder on the first play from scrimmage in the second half gave the Panthers a 24-7 lead.

Friday's game also marked the best passing performance by a Peninsula quarterback in quite some time. Junior Pete Krogh completed six of 11 attempts for 131 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Keith Harter.

Peninsula Coach Gary Kimbrell said his run-oriented team had to pass to keep the Culver City defense honest.

"They put 10 guys on the line of scrimmage, and we had to put a stop that somehow," Kimbrell said. "Enough is enough. We had to stop beating our heads against the wall."

OPEN INVITATION

Kimbrell was forced to play Krogh for most of the game because backup quarterback Chris Duffy, who plays defensive back, suffered from leg cramps. Some Peninsula fans voiced concern that leaving Krogh in the game could expose him to injury. The Panthers lost No. 1 quarterback Brian Reed for the season when he suffered a broken ankle in the opener against Lakewood.

"I know what (the fans) mean," said Kimbrell, laughing. "They think they know everything anyway. Tell them I'll give them T-shirts that say 'Coaching staff' on them, and they can come down here two hours a day and make all the calls they want."

ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD

After replacing senior Tony Harvey last week, junior Ramon Rogers showed Friday that he is ready to take command at quarterback for Carson.

Rogers completed 15 of 21 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Colts over Anaheim Servite, 19-6, at Cal State Fullerton. It was a good thing Rogers had a big night because Servite limited Carson to 19 yards rushing.

But Coach David Williams, who picked up his first victory, emphasized that it was a team effort.

"(Rogers) threw the ball well, but he's just one of 11 guys out there," Williams said. "You need to have good blocking and have the receivers run the patterns right."

According to Rogers, he got both. His leading receiver was Harvey, who has gone from throwing passes to catching them. He had six catches for 127 yards, including a 72-yard TD in the third quarter to make the score 12-0.

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