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St. Bonaventure tops Jordan, 38-20

Seraphs build 24-0 lead at halftime.

September 19, 2008|Eric Sondheimer | Times Staff Writer

It's going to take more time before Los Angeles Jordan football Coach Elijah Asante learns whether his ambitious plan to have the Bulldogs take on Southern Section powers Anaheim Esperanza, Ventura St. Bonaventure and Santa Ana Mater Dei in consecutive games helps or hurts the Bulldogs' hopes of challenging for a City Section title.

On Thursday night, Jordan was overmatched by St. Bonaventure, losing 38-20 at Ventura Buena after falling behind, 24-0, at halftime.

The Seraphs (3-0), ranked No. 7 by The Times, are embarking on their own tough nonleague schedule, facing No. 4 Encino Crespi next week and No. 1 Long Beach Poly in three weeks.

St. Bonaventure, the CIF state Division III bowl champion last season, showed off an improving quarterback in junior Logan Meyer, who completed 13 of 17 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown in the first half.

He finished 16 for 22 for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Jordan (1-2), suiting up 26 players and relying extensively on two-way players, has one of Southern California's most impressive athletes in USC-bound James Boyd, a senior who plays quarterback and defensive end.

Boyd rallied the Bulldogs with three third-quarter touchdown passes to cut his team's deficit to 31-20. He passed for nearly 300 yards and was continually finding ways to avoid being sacked.

"It will be amazing to see what he can do when he just plays defense," St. Bonaventure Coach Todd Therrien said of Boyd.

Afterward, Boyd and his future USC teammate, defensive back Patrick Hall of St. Bonaventure, embraced at midfield.

Junior linebacker Dylan Davis had a fumble recovery and interception for St. Bonaventure, which seemed to lose focus and interest in the second half.

"We need to get better if we're going to do anything next week," Therrien said.

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eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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