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Another Streaking Fad Ends

September 23, 2002

Several streaks came to conclusions over the weekend.

Ventura St. Bonaventure had its 43-game winning streak ended by Newhall Hart, 31-6. La Quinta had its 27-game unbeaten streak ended in a 16-0 loss to Murrieta Valley. Brea Olinda had its 14-game winning streak ended by Los Alamitos, 56-10.

And then there was Malibu's streak.

The Sharks had lost 13 in a row, but ended their frustration with a 43-0 victory over Los Angeles Ribet Academy.

Lars Edmand and Jeremy Kent, who take turns at fullback and tailback, are the only holdovers from Malibu's last victory, nearly two years ago against Santa Clara. Coincidentally, despite a 1-8-1 record that year, Malibu qualified for the playoffs and lost, 69-7, to St. Bonaventure.

"You have to hand it to the kids," Coach Rich Lawson said. "I have 13 seniors [among the 19 players] and they all got their teeth kicked in last year."

The victory marked Malibu's first shutout and the first time it scored more than 35 points in seven seasons, all under Lawson.

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Pivotal in Fontana Kaiser's 24-21 upset of Riverside North, The Times' then-No. 9 ranked team, was Steve Sturdivant's fourth-and-six pass completion to Antoine Caton for a first down late in the game.

Sturdivant followed with a 36-yard pass to Caton, and from the two-yard line, handed off to Allen Wade for the game-winning score with 55 seconds left.

But it almost didn't happen that way. Kaiser Coach Dick Bruich called for a timeout to pull his punting team off the field on fourth down.

His decision resulted in an upset of the Southern Section's defending Division V champion, another notation on a resume that includes 208 victories and Division I titles at Fontana in 1987 and '89.

"It means absolutely nothing," Bruich said. "It won't help us get in the playoffs and it won't help us win league. Hopefully, it makes us a better team, but our goal is to be a good team in Week 6 [when league play starts].

"My resume is so old," Bruich said, "it's printed on yellow paper."

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Valencia's 63-28 victory over Newbury Park left people gasping as they watched the teams score almost at will and combine for nearly 900 yards of offense.

Maybe no one was more short of breath than Valencia's Kevin Crane, who returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and the next kickoff 91 yards for another touchdown.

"I've never seen that happen before, a guy returning back-to-back kickoffs for a touchdown," said Brian Stiman, in his ninth season as Valencia's coach.

Crane later added a 31-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Stephen Wright, and a 20-yard interception return for a score. Teammate Charles Burnley scored three touchdowns, on runs of 25, 25 and 50 yards, and gained 190 yards rushing.

Valencia led at halftime, 42-21, and the combined 63 points in the first half was the third-best total for a half in Southern Section history, matching a 1996 game between L.A. Cathedral and Bosco Tech. The record is 84, set by Bloomington and Artesia in 1994.

In a losing effort, Rudy Carpenter of Newbury Park completed 22 of 43 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions. Justin Cox had eight catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think the game left everyone exhausted because they thought it was never going to end," Stiman said.

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Robbie Dubois, The Times' 2001 Orange County player of the year, made the four-hour drive from Fresno on Friday to see his high school team, Mission Viejo, play Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium. But the running back was running late and caught only the last two minutes of the Diablos' 21-19 victory.

"Judging from the last two minutes," said Dubois, who is a redshirt at Fresno State, "they looked pretty good."

Dubois might not have been so complimentary had he seen all the game. Mission Viejo recorded its 16th consecutive victory despite some worrisome developments:

* The Diablos had three extra-point kick attempts blocked, opening the door for Mater Dei to attempt a late two-point conversion that would have tied the score had it been successful.

* Starting quarterback Matt Uritis, filling in for injured Josh Rodarmel, completed one of six passes for one yard and had two passes intercepted. Uritis also fumbled twice, though he recovered the ball each time. Rodarmel is expected to return in about a month.

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Sophomore Aaron Ware, who suffered a muscle strain in his hip in the season opener--albeit after gaining 223 yards in 11 carries--sat out Westlake Village Oaks Christian's 36-3 victory over Sun Valley Village Christian on Saturday. He is likely to return to the lineup Friday against Canoga Park.

Senior Adam Richter took care of the rushing duties, gaining 130 yards and touchdown; he gained 158 in the opener against Santa Ana Calvary Chapel.

Oaks Christian ran the fumblerooski successfully again Saturday night, with offensive guard Jordan Drake running 35 yards untouched for a touchdown.

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