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November 28, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Emotionally exhausted. Physically drained. And that was how the fans felt after making it through Friday night's Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff thriller between Long Beach Poly and Anaheim Servite at a packed Veterans Stadium. This was a game that will be talked about and debated for years. There were so many game-changing plays that anyone who thought they knew which team was going to win deserved to be considered a psychic. In the end, Servite, the heavy favorite, survived with a 21-18 victory over a Poly team that proved it had made dramatic progress over the course of the season.
November 27, 2009
No. 9 La Puente Bishop Amat (10-1) at No. 5 Lakewood (10-1), 7 p.m. Lakewood has been on an extended roll since a one-point loss to Los Angeles Crenshaw in its season opener. Only Long Beach Poly has come within a touchdown of Lakewood, who overwhelmed Newport Harbor, 41-17, in the first round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Bishop Amat knows all about close games. Bishop Amat has won two overtime games and pulled out a 28-21 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei last week when receiver Rio Ruiz scored on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left.
November 26, 2009 | From Staff Reports
Despite losing two fumbles that led to touchdowns, Los Angeles Dorsey defeated host Woodland Hills Taft, 24-20, Wednesday night in a City Section Division I playoff quarterfinal by making key defensive stops. As a result, the 12th-seeded Dons advanced to next week's semifinal against Coliseum League rival Crenshaw. The top-seeded Cougars defeated Westchester, 55-0, in a quarterfinal and also handed Dorsey a 44-7 loss in the regular season. "We got the momentum up," Dorsey sophomore defensive lineman Jordon Simmons said.
November 23, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Call them Smurfs, call them Mighty Mouse or call them the best receiver duo under 5 feet 9 in Southern California. Chris Nicholls and Rudy Guerrero of Anaheim Servite keep turning skeptics into believers by catching passes, scoring touchdowns and influencing games with big plays in a sport where small receivers are rarely in demand. "I think they're special guys," Coach Troy Thomas said. "Most guys are not going to pick the short guys to be receivers, but they're competitive kids who play like they have something to prove.
November 22, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
It's three weeks to selection Sunday. Do you know where your team is in the hunt for a CIF state football bowl championship berth? Assuming they win their respective playoff divisions, there appear to be three undefeated Southland teams with the strongest cases for selection for the coveted open division game: Huntington Beach Edison, Los Angeles Crenshaw and Westlake Village Oaks Christian. Edison's argument would seem to be the most persuasive because the Chargers have played the toughest schedule.
November 21, 2009 | Staff Reports
Long Beach Poly's special-teams play and its running from senior tailback Kaelin Clay ensured the Jackrabbits a 24-7 victory over No. 19 Los Alamitos on Friday in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. Clay had 19 carries for 163 yards with two touchdowns. Poly also recorded a safety and a touchdown off two blocked punts. And the Jackrabbits had another safety after defensive lineman Corey Waller sacked Los Alamitos' Dylan Lagarde in the end zone, giving Long Beach Poly a 24-7 lead with 7:58 remaining.
November 20, 2009 | Staff Reports
Los Angeles Dorsey High forced four turnovers to bounce back from a pair of late-season defeats with a 33-17 victory over host San Pedro on Thursday night in a City Section Division I first-round playoff game. Dons senior defensive back Jabri Proby made two interceptions in the last two minutes, including one he returned 85 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play. No. 12-seeded Dorsey (8-3) will play fourth-seeded Woodland Hills Taft (7-4), which defeated L.A. Garfield, 44-14, in a quarterfinal Thursday at Taft.
November 20, 2009
Santa Ana Mater Dei (6-4) at No. 9 La Puente Bishop Amat (9-1), 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket This is widely considered the most evenly matched first-round game in the Pac-5 Division playoffs, but it could turn into a rout if Bishop Amat's defense can pull off a repeat of its performance last week against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. The Lancers sacked quarterback Ryan Kasdorf four times in the second half and held tailback Kenneth Boggs to four yards during a 31-14 victory that clinched a share of the Serra League title.
November 13, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
It's scary how good unbeaten Westlake Village Westlake looked Friday night in routing Moorpark, 38-14, to win the Marmonte League football championship. So good that people were thinking, "Oaks Christian who?" Yes, their neighbors less than a mile away, unbeaten Oaks Christian, would have been envious of the championship performance before a packed crowd of 7,154. The Warriors were supposed to be a year away from being championship material because their team is filled with outstanding sophomores and juniors.
June 15, 2009 | Carla Rivera
For years Chase Abrams has lived a double life: By day a popular student at Sierra Canyon School who played football and enjoyed hanging out with friends, by night an intent student of film studies at Cal State Los Angeles who organized college film festivals and held his own intellectually and socially. Today, the energetic 18-year-old can finally take a breath.
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