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Sciarra Will Wear His Family Tie

October 22, 1998

John Sciarra has made good choices this season as a sophomore quarterback at St. Francis.

His father, John Michael Sciarra, has a choice of his own to make Friday night when St. Francis plays Bishop Amat.

The elder Sciarra threw 19 touchdown passes for Bishop Amat in 1971, the fourth-highest season total in school history. He said his allegiance Friday will not be with school, but with son.

"I root for Amat in every game they play, with the exception of when they play against one of my offspring," said Sciarra, who was most valuable player of the Rose Bowl for UCLA in 1976 and had a six-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Unfortunately, St. Francis is going to be a substantial underdog. I want to tell [Coach Tom Salter of Bishop Amat] to take it easy on my son, but it doesn't work that way."

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Name game: The Golden League game Friday between Palmdale and Quartz Hill will feature an intriguing matchup: Palmdale Coach Jeff Williams vs. Quartz Hill quarterback Jeff Williams.

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Lights out: It's bad enough Verdugo Hills has to go back on the road after two weeks at home, but the Dons will be back to playing day games Saturday against Belmont.

Since lights were installed at the Dons' home field two weeks ago, Verdugo Hills has posted two shutouts.

In five of six games this season, Verdugo Hills has either held its opponent scoreless or been shut out. A 21-14 victory over Marshall was the only game where both teams scored.

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Specialty: Steve Qualls of Rio Mesa had a strong night on special teams in a Pacific View League loss to Hueneme.

Qualls, a 5-9, 150-pound junior, returned four kickoffs for 136 yards and a touchdown. He returned three punts for 24 yards.

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Humanitarian award: Coach Larry Miller of Hueneme, whose team forfeited three nonleague victories last week because the Vikings used an ineligible player, said the player will remain with the team and practice for the rest of the season.

"We took him off the street and turned him around," Miller said of the player, a junior reserve cornerback.

"He was failing six classes a year ago but he's going in the right direction now. Everbody's pulling for him. They know he's come a long way."

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Filling in: Down to fewer than 30 players, Chaminade recently began to combine practices with the junior varsity.

Last week, the Eagles took it a step further.

With quarterback Lyle Everett nursing a shoulder injury, assistant coach Lance Fauria took the snaps during practice.

Fauria, who played at Crespi High and the University of Washington, did not, however, don football pads.

"That'd be too scary," Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said.

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