Westchester High School senior running back Gregory Ray ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tie the score, but Leuzinger High School answered with a late touchdown to defeat the host Comets 30-22 in a non-league game Friday, September 23rd.
Westchester (2-1), which had climbed to a number-three ranking by the Daily Breeze after a win over San Pedro High School, suffered its first loss of the season against Leuzinger (2-1).
Ray, who scored all three of Westchester’s touchdowns, brought the Comets to within 8-7 after a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
But Leuzinger added two touchdowns and held a 22-7 lead early in the fourth quarter before Ray evened the game with touchdown runs of 52 yards and two yards.
Leuzinger put the game away with a 31-yard touchdown pass by Fono Sekona with only 38 seconds remaining.
Ray finished with 22 carries for 252 yards rushing.
Westchester will next face Cathedral High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1st, at St. Matthias High School in Downey.
St. Bernard High School struggled offensively and was unable to overcome two second-quarter touchdowns by Harvard-Westlake High School in a 14-0 non-league loss Friday, September 23rd.
In the home opener for St. Bernard (0-3), the Viking defense held Harvard-Westlake scoreless in the second half.
Linebacker Gregory Walker finished with three sacks for St. Bernard.
But Harvard-Westlake (3-0) already had a 14-0 lead after capitalizing on two punting errors by the Vikings in the second quarter.
Viking running backs Dominic Cooper and Steve Aguilera led the offense with a combined total of 112 yards rushing.
St. Bernard will next play at El Segundo High School at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30th.
The St. Monica High School Mariners were overpowered on offense and defeated 23-0 by host Campbell Hall High School in a non-league game Friday, September 23rd.
The Mariners (1-2), who opened the season with a 22-20 victory over Bishop Montgomery High School, suffered their second consecutive shutout loss.
Campbell Hall (4-0) went into halftime with a 17-0 lead and added a touchdown in the third quarter.
St. Monica will try to avenge a loss last year to city rival Santa Monica High School when the two teams face off at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30th, at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.