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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

No. 4 Crespi defeats No. 6 Servite

September 20, 2008|Austin Knoblauch and Ben Bolch and Sean Ceglinsky | From Staff Reports

Junior quarterback Bryan Bennett completed 11 of 21 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns and senior wide receiver Kevin Cummings scored two touchdowns, the first of which came on a 31-yard interception return, to push Encino Crespi (3-0), ranked No. 4 by The Times, to a 21-20 victory over visiting No. 6 Anaheim Servite (2-1) on Friday night.

Servite quarterback Cody Fajardo connected on 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Greg Portis rushed for 164 yards. Southern Methodist-bound kicker Michael Loftus missed a 57-yard field-goal attempt for Servite as time expired, as the Friars suffered their second loss to Crespi in less than a year.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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Boron comes back for win

Jubilation turned to sorrow moments after Boron High completed a stunning, come-from-behind 36-35 victory over host Lake Isabella Kern Valley because the Bobcats couldn't share their triumph with fallen teammate Vinnie Rodriguez.

After Kern Valley (1-2) missed a potential winning 35-yard field-goal attempt on the game's final play, Boron players pointed skyward in honor of the sophomore running back and safety who died Tuesday from head injuries sustained in a game last week.

The Bobcats (3-0) had trailed, 35-22, with 5 minutes 26 seconds left before capping a scoring drive with an extra point that hit the crossbar and tumbled over it after bouncing high in the air. Boron then forced a fumble and scored five plays later on Joshua Glass' one-yard run with 27 seconds left. Carlos Soto's extra point provided the winning margin.

"Maybe we were getting help from somewhere else, huh?" Bobcats Coach Todd Fink said.

The teams met at midfield after the game and released balloons into the air as a tribute to Rodriguez. "It's for Vinnie, boys!" shouted Boron running back Israel Lucas, who scored a 45-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

-- Ben Bolch

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Quick hitters

Long Beach Poly senior running back Melvin Richardson rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 1-ranked Jackrabbits (2-0) to a 26-2 nonleague victory over Newport Harbor (1-1). . . . Malcolm Jones rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, and Nick Montana passed for two scores to lead No. 9 Westlake Village Oaks Christian to a 48-6 nonleague victory over Pomona Diamond Ranch. . . . Orange Lutheran's Parker Flynn kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter and Exaver Edwards added a clinching touchdown in the fourth to lead the 14th-ranked Lancers (2-1) to a 10-0 nonleague victory at Tustin (0-3). . . . Mira Costa running back Chris Loatman rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (2-1) to a 14-9 upset win over No. 16 Anaheim Esperanza (2-1). . . . Quarterback Clark Evans passed for six touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 18 Los Alamitos to a 48-0 victory over L.A. Fremont (1-2). Darryl Jenkins caught three touchdown passes and finished with 115 yards receiving for the Griffins (2-0). . . . Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez accounted for three touchdowns and 373 all-purpose yards to lead the Centurions (2-0) to a 42-20 nonleague victory over host Westlake. Rodriguez completed five of seven passes for 162 yards and rushed for 211 yards.

Marquee matchup

Loyola will play Concord De La Salle at Glendale High tonight at 7, hoping to end the Spartans' 14-game winning streak -- a string modest only when compared to the record 151 consecutive games De La Salle won from 1992-2003.

And a key player the Cubs will be looking to stop is Blake Wayne, a 5-foot-10 senior who runs the team's veer offense so well that not even a talented, strong-armed kid with the last name Montana could challenge him.

-- Sean Ceglinsky

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