The Venice High School Gondoliers responded to having to relinquish their Western League title from last season by taking it right back this season.

The Gondoliers (9-1, 5-0) reclaimed the league championship by defeating host Fairfax High School 35-28 Friday, November 9th, to remain undefeated in league play.

Venice had to forfeit its league championship from last season after the Gondoliers played with an academically ineligible player.

But the team didn’t let the news disrupt its plans this year. After narrowly losing to Banning High, the Gondos cruised through the league untouched.

In the final game of the regular season, against Fairfax, senior running back Curtis McNeal led the way with three running touchdowns. Senior quarterback Richard Ragland added two touchdown passes.

As the Western League champion, Venice earned the third seed in the Los Angeles City Section Championship Division playoffs.

The team earned a home game against 14th-seeded Locke High School in the first round of the City Section playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15th.

Despite losing their final league game of the regular season 34-25 to host Hamilton High School Friday, November 9th, the Westchester High School Comets earned a spot in the City Section Championship Division playoffs.

The Comets (4-6, 2-3), who finished tied for third in the league, were selected as the 15th seed in the city playoffs. They will play at second-seeded Carson High School in the first round game at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15th.

In the game against Hamilton, the Comets came from behind to tie the game at 17-17 in the second half, but Hamilton pulled away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Kalan Collins led Westchester by finishing with 68 yards passing for two touchdowns, including a 55-yard pass to Andre Buford.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings closed out the regular season in dominating fashion, defeating host Hawthorne High School 55-18 Friday, November 9th, to earn a spot in the Southern Section playoffs.

The Vikings (6-4, 3-2) finished tied for second place in the Ocean League, but it was enough to qualify them for the post season. The team ended with the same overall record last season but missed out on the playoffs.

Playing against Hawthorne, the Vikings took control early, scoring a touchdown on an 80-yard kickoff return by Vince Lawrence in the first quarter.

Christian Ross led the Santa Monica running attack with 15 carries for 172 yards. Senior quarterback Ryan Katz finished 11-of-19 for 164 yards passing.

The Vikings will play at host Palos Verdes High School, the Bay League champion, in the first round of the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 16th.

The St. Monica High School Mariners scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but lost 28-14 to host Mary Star of the Sea High School in a Camino Real League game Friday, November 9th, ending their season.

The loss kept the Mariners (0-10, 0-4) winless this season.

James Wright led St. Monica with 18 carries for 115 yards rushing and one touchdown in the game. Quarterback Chris Lindquist finished three-of-12 for 68 yards passing.

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