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September 12, 2000|PAIGE A. LEECH

All those in favor of St. Bonaventure moving up several divisions say "Aye."

Count Paraclete Coach Jeff Cortez among the growing number of St. Bonaventure believers.

After watching St. Bonaventure romp, 51-0, in an opener that was touted as the region's best small-schools matchup of the year, Cortez was awestruck.

"I'd like to see them play Division III football," said Cortez, in his first season with the Spirits. "They belong in the Mission League."

St. Bonaventure, the defending Division XI and Tri-Valley League champion, has a 15-game winning streak and has won 21 of its last 22 games. The Seraphs will get an idea where they stand against Mission League teams when they play Crespi on Saturday at Ventura High.

St. Bonaventure sophomore receiver Whitney Lewis doesn't expect any close games this season.

"There should be no competition for us this year," said Lewis, who caught six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns against Paraclete. "Nobody should be able to stay with us."


Running back Lorenzo Booker of St. Bonaventure had trouble keeping his feet under him on damp grass in the first half against Paraclete.

The junior speedster slipped and fell without being touched about half a dozen times in the first half.

Booker, who averaged 8.6 yards a carry, scored 35 touchdowns and rushed for 2,440 yards as a sophomore, still managed to gain 102 yards in 15 carries in the first half.

And Booker is just getting started.

"There's more to come [from him]," Coach Jon Mack said. "The college scouts better start requesting films right now."


The Pacific League took it on the chin last week.

Pacific teams were a collective 1-5 and were outscored, 229-60.

Crescenta Valley was the only winner, defeating Thousand Oaks, 24-20.


First-year coaches went 8-12-1 in their debuts last week.

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