GRANADA HILLS — Beware, the defending City champions are beginning to growl.
"We're getting better--there's no doubt about it," Coach Troy Starr of Taft High said.
Behind Brandon Hance's passing, Lee Marks' running and Brandon Walker's receiving, the Toreadors (3-4, 2-0) made a shambles of Granada Hills' defense during a 41-29 victory in a West Valley League game Friday night at Granada Hills.
Hance completed 14 of 19 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown and ran for three touchdowns.
Marks rushed for 175 yards in 17 carries and scored on a 53-yard run.
Walker, a fullback, caught six passes for 97 yards.
Taft finished with 490 total yards.
The Toreadors produced 19 gains of 10 yards or longer.
Taft had scoring drives of 92, 82 and 80 yards. The Toreadors were so effective on offense that defensive coordinator Darryl Stroh of Granada Hills said they "can do more on offense" than the team that beat Banning last year at the Coliseum.