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St. Bonaventure beats Crespi in overtime

A missed extra-point attempt by Crespi is the difference at the finish in a 42-41 victory for St. Bonaventure.

September 26, 2009|Mark Medina; Ben Bolch | Staff Reports

In a game that featured six lead changes and four ties, No. 3 Ventura St. Bonaventure prevailed, 42-41, in overtime Friday against No. 17 Encino Crespi -- an outcome that wasn't decided until the last kick.

Seraphs quarterback Logan Meyer rolled to the far side of the field for a two-yard touchdown run to tie it up at 41-41. Sophomore kicker Mason Kirk clinched the victory with the extra point.

On the previous possession, Crespi running back Rhasheed Johnson ran in for a one-yard touchdown, but Patrick McDonough's extra-point attempt sailed wide left.

St. Bonaventure (4-0) is undefeated in its last 14 games. Crespi (2-2) dropped its second consecutive game.

Meyer completed 17 of 28 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns while Crespi quarterback Bryan Bennett was 18 for 27 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Seraphs running back Devon Blackledge had 28 carries for 137 yards and Troy Hill led with two touchdowns, an 11-yard run in the first quarter and a 95-yard kickoff return in the third.

Johnson rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in 16 carries.

The Celts tied the Seraphs at 14-14 when Bennett connected with Blake Stanton on a 51-yard touchdown pass at the 10:25 mark.

With 5.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Bennett connected with tight end Pierce Richardson on a nine-yard touchdown pass. That happened after Celts defensive back Brad Lattanzio recovered a fumble by Meyer on Crespi's 41-yard line.

Jalen Jefferson intercepted a Bennett pass and ran for a 45-yard touchdown with 10:34 remaining in the third quarter, though the Celts still led 14-13 after Kirk missed the extra-point attempt.

-- Mark Medina

Rancho Cucamonga beats Charter Oak

There was one big difference between Rancho Cucamonga and Covina Charter Oak one year after the teams' memorable tie: Sateki Finau.

Rancho Cucamonga's running back-defensive back scored three touchdowns to help the No. 7 Cougars rally for a 35-25 victory over the No. 21 Chargers in a nonleague game at Charter Oak.

Finau scored on a two-yard run, a 19-yard reception and a 68-yard return of a blocked field goal to help Rancho Cucamonga (4-0) wipe out a 14-0 deficit.

Running back Michael Boyd had 168 yards and a touchdown in 19 carries for the Cougars, who handed Charter Oak (3-1) its first defeat since November 2007. Both teams won section titles and finished 13-0-1 in 2008 following a 14-14 tie last September.

Finau assembled a season's worth of highlights in the first half. He intercepted a pass, recovered a teammate's fumble, recorded a sack and returned the blocked field goal for the touchdown that pulled Rancho Cucamonga into a 14-14 tie on the final play of the second quarter.

Charter Oak had taken a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter when linebacker Lono Barbadillo recovered a fumble by Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Greg Watson in the end zone.

-- Ben Bolch

Two-minute drill

Tyler Shreve's 48-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game lifted No. 20 Redlands East Valley to a 20-14 upset over Orange Lutheran.

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