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Campbell Might Play Just for Kicks

September 29, 1998

Travis Campbell, a Westlake receiver who scored five touchdowns in the first two games this season, has a slight separation in his right shoulder and probably will not play Friday against Canyon.

Campbell, who has 18 receptions for 205 yards, also plays cornerback and is Westlake's kicker. Coach Jim Benkert said Campbell might kick extra points and field goals Friday.

The senior sustained the injury on the first play of Friday's game against El Camino Real, but he stayed in the game for a few plays and threw a 40-yard completion to Kevin Howard on a double pass.

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Good as green: Thousand Oaks seniors Joey Casillas and Wes Cobos, who play running back and defensive back, have been awarded Green Helmets, the traditional Lancer symbol of maximum effort and strong performance.

Casillas, a fullback and strong safety who is being recruited by USC, has two interceptions, 19 tackles and has rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns in 31 carries.

Cobos, a tailback and cornerback, has rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 154 yards. He also has 13 tackles.

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Refueling: Channel Islands double wing-T offense figures to get a boost with the return of senior Charles Tucker, who was academically ineligible.

Tucker played running back, defensive back and quarterback for the Raiders last season. He rushed for 111 yards in 43 carries and completed 19 of 39 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and had five passes intercepted. "He's an outstanding athlete," Coach Jack Willard said. "It's just a matter of how quickly he learns the offense."

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Ben, Jerry and Rick: Buena Coach Rick Scott said Friday he will coach for two more seasons and then evaluate his desire to continue. Scott's son, Jake, is a sophomore linebacker with the Bulldogs. "I'll stay with Jake and after that I'm going to think hard about moving to Vermont and shoveling snow," said Scott, who owns a home in the Green Mountain state.

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Never say die: Paraclete has become the region's version of the Comeback Kids.

The Spirits (3-0) have trailed by at least 10 points in each of their three games before rallying for nonleague victories.

They trailed St. Bonaventure, 20-3, before winning, 27-26. They overcame a 14-0 deficit in a 33-28 victory over Serrano and scored the final 13 points last week in a 20-17 victory over Tehachapi.

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On your Mark: Mark Espinosa, a linebacker who made more than 120 tackles for Santa Paula High last season, has rejoined the team and will be eligible to play Friday in the Cardinals' game against Oak Park.

Espinosa, 5 feet 11 and 194 pounds, was named to the All-Ventura County small schools team last season but quit football early this year.

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Tough loss: Oak Park senior Dan Schneider is out for the season after suffering a leg injury in the Eagles' loss to Corona del Mar on Friday.

Oak Park Coach Dick Billingsley said Schneider was injured when one of his teammates dove over a pile and into his leg, dislocating Schneider's knee and breaking his femur. Billingsley described Schneider as the team's best athlete.

"He started at wide receiver and safety, returned punts and kickoffs and was our [PAT] holder," Billingsley said.

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Pointed total: When Bell-Jeff (1-2) defeated Campbell Hall, 54-20, Saturday, it was the Guards' second-highest point total of the decade.

The high came in a 56-34 victory over Bosco Tech in 1996.

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Defensive duo: Fillmore has been administering defense this season, allowing only 26 points in three games, and the junior linebacking tandem of Henry Velasco and Isaac Flores has been key.

Velasco is the unit's leader from his position in the middle, and Flores is an emerging force on the outside. Flores began the season as a reserve, but has worked his way into a starting role.

"The coaches were watching film and we kept seeing this No. 44 wherever the ball was," Coach Matt Suttle said. "He's worked to get himself to the top."

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Picked apart: Village Christian defensive back Jason Stauffer has intercepted at least one pass in each of the Crusaders' first three games. He had two last week against Big Bear, giving him a region-best five.

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