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September 30, 1993|KIRBY LEE and ALAN OTA and SEAN WATERS

PACESETTER

After a 25-0 defeat of Wilson on Friday, Westchester completed nonconference play with a 3-0 record, but Coach Larry Wein is not impressed.

"We haven't been playing that well," Wein said. "We have an experienced quarterback, but we are a young team."

According to Wein, the Comets were guilty of being overly aggressive against Wilson and were penalized for more than 100 yards, including penalties that cost them two touchdowns.

"We need to learn when to be aggressive and when to restrain ourselves," Wein said.

The Comets' biggest surprise may be Kaaron Conwright, a 5-foot-7 flanker who rushed four times for 24 yards and had a touchdown called back on a punt return.

"We're weaning him with the ball," Wein said. "We pitch the ball to him. We use him for reverses. We'll throw to him.

"He's a kid with exceptional speed that's just learning how to play."

With Conwright, quarterback Seka Edwards and running back Jermaine Lewis, the Comets are favored to repeat as Coastal Conference champion. Westchester plays host to Manual Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday to open conference play.

"I see the conference shaping up as a lot stronger (than) last year," Wein said. "I think our team, Venice and Fairfax are the teams to beat."

STOPGAP MEASURES

Venice running back and free safety Larry Atkins will miss at least two games because of a sprained ankle suffered in the third quarter of Thursday's 35-15 loss to San Pedro. Atkins, who is on crutches this week, will try to return for the Oct. 15 game with Palisades. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound senior had 17 carries for 137 yards and an 83-yard touchdown run before the injury.

Co-coach Tony Chretin said Atkins' replacement would be Robert Hayes, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior transfer from Santa Monica, and that 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior Tony Gomez would play strong safety for the Coastal Conference opener with Hamilton on Friday.

END OF AN ERA

University's 41-7 victory over Hollywood on Friday ended the Warriors' 19-game losing streak.

"With the way we were playing, especially with our blocking, this was a win we deserved," said sophomore running back Marco Pleas, who had 11 carries for 150 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 49, 10 and two yards.

Senior receiver Mike Lee scored touchdowns on receptions of 56 and seven yards from senior quarterback Lal Knight. Junior quarterback Carlos Campos passed 35 yards to senior Harold Moret for a TD. On defense, junior Joey Gabriel had 3 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery, all in the first half.

"Our next goal is to win a league game," said first-year Coach Marshall Jones, whose team will play a Coastal Conference game Friday at Fairfax. "This one meant a lot to the players who have been in the program for the past three years. I know they want a lot more."

Hollywood Coach Bob O'Connor was impressed with University's play.

"The coach from San Pedro, who played them in the season opener, said this was the best Uni team he'd ever seen," O'Connor said. "They sure looked better than us."

INTERNATIONAL GAME

When Hollywood senior quarterback Nelson Umana of El Salvador completed a 34-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ngurah Agung of Indonesia for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against University, it was the Sheiks' first score of the season and one of many international exchanges for the squad.

The majority of Sheik players are Salvadorans, Armenians, Guatemalans and Mexicans with most having only a soccer background, according to O'Connor. "We have kids on the team who act as translators for me," he said. "Just how close it is to exactly what I'm saying, I'm not quite sure."

Hollywood (0-3) plays host to Verdugo Hills (0-3) in a Northern Conference opener Friday.

SPEED TRAP

Hamilton has a knack for turning a simple pass play into a long touchdown. Last week against Gardena, Nikia Smith caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Eric Perez and ran an additional 57 yards for a TD. The Yankees had two other opportunities to score, but fumbled twice inside the five-yard line in a 9-7 victory.

"Gardena's defense was geared to stop our run, but we were still able to move the ball," Hamilton Coach John Ausbon said. "Our big test will be against Venice."

The Yankees kicking game has improved because of Malcolm Close, who is averaging more than 40 yards a punt and kicking the ball in the end zone on kickoffs. Close's 39-yard field goal gave the Yankees the victory over Gardena.

HEADS UP

Despite a 49-7 loss to San Fernando, Palisades is not ready to give up on its season.

"They were a big, physical veteran team. We were fortunate to get out of there alive," Palisades Coach Russ .oward said. "The scoreboard won't show it, but we hung in there pretty tough. I didn't see anybody hanging their heads or throwing helmets."

The Dolphins open Coastal Conference play against Los Angeles, which played without running back Shena Onaolapo and lost to Franklin, 28-14. Onaolapo, who has 244 yards and two touchdowns in 14 carries, injured his right shoulder but is expected to play against Palisades.

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