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Taft Has the Kick to Hold Off Cleveland at Finish, 24-21

October 21, 1995|PETER YOON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

RESEDA — Going against Cleveland High, Taft wanted to prove itself worthy of the Northwest Valley Conference lead.

The Toreadors (5-1-1, 4-0 in the conference) defeated teams with a combined record of nine games under .500 in their first three conference games.

Taft may have proved its point when Jaime Mena kicked a 29-yard field goal with 5:51 left Friday night to give the Toreadors a 24-21 victory over the Cavaliers.

"This was a big win for our program," Taft Coach Troy Starr said. "This shows that our young kids are maturing."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday October 25, 1995 Valley Edition Sports Part C Page 7 Zones Desk 1 inches; 16 words Type of Material: Correction
Photo--A Cleveland High football player was misidentified Saturday. The player is quarterback Junior Brignac.

Cleveland (3-4, 1-3) had a chance to regain the lead, but quarterback Junior Brignac, who had 126 yards in 19 carries, came up four yards short on fourth down and 27 with 1:28 left.

Taft held Brignac to 42 yards in the second half and recovered a fumble that set up Donald Carpenter's one-yard run to tie the score, 21-21.

Brignac's 18-yard scoring strike to Alex Kalinowski gave Cleveland a 21-14 halftime lead.

Cleveland scored earlier in the quarter on a 32-yard halfback option pass from Sidney Smith to Kalinowski. Brian Jones took the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and it was 14-14.

Cleveland's Keewan Irving, who had 110 yards in 12 carries, scored from the one in the first quarter and Taft countered with a 44-yard run by Jones.

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