In last week’s local high school football games:
Westchester High School senior running back Gregory Ray got the Comets off to a strong start with two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to help lead the team to a 22-6 non-league victory at home over San Pedro High School Friday, September 16th.
Westchester (2-0), which avenged a 38-12 loss to San Pedro (1-1) last year, earned the victory after opening the season with a 47-27 win over Morningside High School September 9th.
Ray, who finished with 17 carries for 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns, scored the Comets’ first touchdown on a 31-yard run.
Another five-yard touchdown run by Ray put the Comets ahead 15-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Westchester senior quarterback Duron Sylvester also stepped up on offense after finishing 14-of-28 passing for 166 yards and one touchdown.
The Comets held a 22-0 lead at halftime after Sylvester threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Isiah Barton with 3:50 left in the first half.
Barton finished with three receptions for 69 yards in the game.
Westchester was scoreless in the second half of the game, but its 22-point lead was too much for San Pedro, which scored its first touchdown after a six-yard run by Devin Carter with only 33 seconds left in the game.
The Comets next face Leuzinger High School of Lawndale at 7 p.m. Friday, September 23rd, in Westchester.
Santa Monica High School picked up a 24-14 non-league victory in its first game on the road against Palisades High School Friday, September 16th.
The Vikings (2-0) earned the win over Palisades (0-2) after beginning the season with a 13-3 victory at home over West Torrance High School September 9th.
Santa Monica has jumped out to an early first-place standing in the Ocean League, but the Vikings will face a fierce test against rival Venice High School at 7 p.m. Friday, September 23rd, at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.
Venice High School running back Kenny Ashley gained 155 yards rushing in just the first half, but Loyola High School still managed to come out on top in a 28-13 non-league loss for the Gondoliers Friday, September 16th, at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.
Venice (1-1) trailed only 14-13 at halftime, but the team was unable to stop Loyola (2-0), which was one of only three teams to defeat Venice last season.
The Gondoliers were able to avenge one of their losses from last season after the team defeated Carson High School 35-14 in the season-opening game September 9th.
Ashley, who finished with 162 yards rushing in the game, scored on his first run with a long 83-yard touchdown for the Gondos.
Venice next faces Santa Monica High School at 7 p.m. Friday, September 23rd.
The St. Monica High School Mariners were unable to stop El Segundo High School running back Kris Atmore, who rushed for 254 yards and six touchdowns, in a 47-0 non-league loss for the host Mariners Friday, September 16th.
The Mariners (1-1) kicked off the season with a 22-20 victory over Bishop Montgomery High School September 9th, but St. Monica faced a tough challenge from the start in its home opener against El Segundo (1-0-1).
St. Monica trailed 33-0 by halftime after Atmore scored four rushing touchdowns and John Yessner added a receiving touchdown for El Segundo.
The Mariners struggled against the El Segundo defense throughout the game and remained scoreless in the second half.
St. Monica will next play at Campbell Hall High School of North Hollywood at 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 23rd.
St. Bernard High School took an early lead with a first-quarter touchdown, but Cerritos Valley Christian High School scored three touchdowns in the second half to hand the visiting Vikings a 27-14 non-league loss Friday, September 16th.
It was the second consecutive loss on the road for the Vikings (0-2), who opened the season with a 15-12 loss to Culver City High School September 9th.
Senior running back Steve Aguilera, who finished with 40 yards rushing, put the Vikings on the scoreboard first after a one-yard touchdown run.
Cerritos Valley Christian (1-1) scored a touchdown in the second quarter to even the game at 7-7 going into halftime.
St. Bernard quarterback Ryan Simpson threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Alex Palaez in the fourth quarter, but the play was not enough to overcome the lead of Cerritos Valley Christian.
Viking senior running back Dominic Cooper finished with three carries for 53 yards rushing in the game.
St. Bernard will play its home opener against Harvard-Westlake High School of North Hollywood at 7 p.m. Friday, September 23rd.