There were many questions surrounding the program at Ventura St. Bonaventure entering the season, perhaps the most important of which was: How were the Seraphs going to replace Darrell Scott, the team's star player from last year?
The answer is simple, use a running back-by-committee approach. Devon Blackledge, Isaiah Burton, Patrick Hall and Nolan Rodarte combined to rush for 366 yards to lead the No. 9 Seraphs to a 35-14 win over Santa Margarita at Ventura on Friday night.
Blackledge was in rhythm early on. On his second carry from scrimmage, the junior busted threw the line of scrimmage, raced past the secondary and scored on a 73-yard touchdown run to give St. Bonaventure a 7-0 lead with 4:18 left in the second quarter. He finished with 149 yards.
Burton took over in the second quarter and scored on a 50-yard run to extend the lead to 13-0 with 6:11 left in the first half. The senior added an 87-yard touchdown to give St. Bonaventure a 28-7 lead.
Burton had 167 yards in seven carries.
-- Sean Ceglinsky
No. 21 Lakewood 42, L.A. Crenshaw 34 -- Junior quarterback Jesse Scroggins threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half for the Lancers, who rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit in the intersectional game at Lakewood.
Scroggins' 19-yard scoring pass to senior receiver Tofi Tiedemann tied the score at 34-34 with 4:25 left before Jesus Orozco's PAT put Lakewood ahead.
Crenshaw quarterback Marquis Thompson completed 13 of 19 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
-- Ben Bolch
No. 16 Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos 24, La Puente Bishop Amat 20 -- Arby Fields ran for a touchdown and hooked up with UCLA-bound senior Richard Brehaut on a touchdown pass to lead the Grizzlies over the Lancers at Los Osos.
Fields finished with 73 yards in 17 carries, and Brehaut completed nine of 19 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
-- Austin Knoblauch
No. 10 Westlake Village Oaks Christian 35, Bakersfield Christian 7 -- Junior quarterback Nick Montana completed three touchdown passes and the Lions (1-0) turned to their defense to do the rest in an intersectional game at Bakersfield Christian (0-1).
No. 18 Los Angeles Loyola 23, Mira Costa 7 -- Junior tailback Anthony Barr rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns and senior Brett Ackerman returned an interception for a score to lead the Cubs (1-0) to a nonleague victory at Mira Costa (0-1).
In other Top 25 games Friday, No. 12 Huntington Beach Edison (1-0) won big on the road with a 63-8 win at Long Beach Cabrillo (0-1); No. 25 Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (1-0) also picked up a road victory with a 57-21 win at La Mirada (0-1), No. 8 Anaheim Servite (1-0) handed Santa Fe St. Paul (0-1) a 41-16 defeat at Cerritos College; and No. 17 Upland (1-0) won at Ontario Colony (0-1), 42-7.
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Friday night's high school football scores can be found on the Varsity Times Insider blog.