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Weekend Recap

By The Numbers

October 06, 2003

4 Consecutive weeks that Riverside North has scored on its first offensive play, although one touchdown was nullified by a penalty. Damon Morton caught a short pass from his brother, Dion, then pitched to Josh Barnett for a 33-yard touchdown in a 38-21 victory over Rialto Eisenhower.

6 Turnovers by Riverside Arlington in a 7-0 loss to Chino Don Lugo; four were fumbles, two were interceptions.

21 Length, in games, of the Marmonte League losing streak that was ended with Simi Valley's 53-26 victory over Newbury Park behind Laydel Shelton's five rushing touchdowns.

587 Combined first-half yards gained by Newhall Hart and Lake Balboa Birmingham. They totaled 889, with Hart gaining 449. Hart won, 45-22.

PLAYMAKERS

* Hemet West Valley quarterback Vince Valdez rushed for two touchdowns in the final 39 seconds, and holder James Fletcher turned a botched point-after attempt into a two-point conversion in a 15-14 victory over Riverside King.

* Nate Johns of Redlands East Valley rushed for touchdowns of 53 and 95 yards, passed 31 yards for a touchdown, and scored on a 78-yard interception return and a 98-yard kickoff return in a 55-7 victory over Quartz Hill.

* Sean Coen caught 12 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns as Canyon Country Canyon defeated Palmdale Highland, 60-28.

* Chris Turner completed 23 of 35 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns as West Hills Chaminade defeated Burbank Burroughs, 37-22.

* Keyon Cross rushed 16 times for 277 yards and four touchdowns, and also scored on a 51-yard screen pass, to lead Moreno Valley Rancho Verde over Menifee Paloma Valley, 38-12.

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BIG EFFORTS

* Trailing Capistrano Valley, 13-7, late in the third quarter, Murrieta Valley junior Kyle Nies kicked field goals of 22, 36 and 23 yards, the latter as time expired to give the Nighthawks a 16-13 victory.

* Matt Struiksma kicked a 29-yard field goal with six seconds left to give Cerritos Valley Christian a 9-7 victory over Whittier California.

* Covina's Chris Morales blocked a field-goal attempt with 23 seconds left to preserve a 13-10 victory over Pomona Diamond Ranch.

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COMEBACKS

* Ramon Cervantes turned a short pass into a 57-yard touchdown with 2:32 left to tie the score, and Steven Librenjak caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Amilcar Archila with nine seconds left to give El Monte a 24-18 victory over Glendale Hoover.

* Fontana went to a hurry-up offense in the fourth quarter and overcame a 19-point deficit, scoring on Joe Felix's third touchdown pass of the quarter -- to Mike Ephraim -- with five seconds left for a 27-26 victory over Moreno Valley.

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