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Malibu allows 50, but gets 51

October 19, 2008|Ben Bolch | Times Staff Writer

During a fourth quarter in which the teams had already combined for 51 points, Simi Valley Grace Brethren High needed to move the ball only three yards on a two-point conversion to cap a stunning comeback against Malibu.

But the Sharks made a rare defensive stop, holding Jack Gililand short of the goal line with 1 minute 10 seconds left to preserve a 51-50 victory Friday night in a Frontier League game at Moorpark College.

"It was the craziest game I've ever seen," Malibu Coach Ray Humphrey said Saturday. "I'm just glad we came out on the winning end."

Grace Brethren outscored Malibu, 30-21, in the fourth quarter. Both teams scored on every fourth-quarter possession until Malibu recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock after Grace Brethren's final touchdown.

"We actually scored too quick," Humphrey said.

Malibu running back Sean Conrad had three fourth-quarter touchdowns and finished with 329 yards -- his third 300-yard game of the season -- and four touchdowns in 34 carries.

The Lancers trailed, 51-36, before scoring a touchdown and recovering an onside kick. They scored again to make it a one-point game before the failed two-point conversion.

Malibu (6-0 overall, 1-0 league) plays host to Fillmore (6-1, 1-0) on Friday in a game that could decide the Frontier League title.

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Magic touch

Burbank Burroughs running back Dominique Barnes rushed for touchdowns on six consecutive carries during the first half of a 76-20 victory Thursday over host Glendale Hoover.

Barnes finished with 203 yards and seven touchdowns in only 15 carries, scoring on runs of 1, 9, 55, 6, 34, 20 and 1 yards.

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Streaking

Running back Ryan Zirbel and quarterback Desi Rodriguez each rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to help Saugus rout Newhall Hart, 55-20, at College of the Canyons and end a 16-game losing streak in the series. It was the first victory for the Centurions over the Indians in Foothill League play and the first overall against Hart since a nonleague triumph in 1991.

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Trojans watch

Woodland Hills Taft running back D.J. Morgan gained 160 yards and scored two touchdowns and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass to lead the Toreadors to a 48-7 victory over visiting Reseda Cleveland. Morgan had been held under 100 yards rushing in each of his previous two games.

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Bruins watch

La Puente Bishop Amat linebacker Isaiah Bowens, playing for the first time this season after being sidelined because of a broken foot, made two key sacks to help the Lancers hold off host La Canada St. Francis, 28-13.

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ben.bolch@latimes.com

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