In high school football games:
In an explosive third quarter, the Venice High School Gondoliers racked up all of their points, including three long touchdowns by senior running back Curtis McNeal, to hand the host Santa Monica High School Vikings a 33-7 non-league loss Friday, September 21st.
The victory continues Venice’s recent reign over rival Santa Monica, as the Gondoliers (3-0) have defeated the Vikings (2-1) for five consecutive seasons. It was also Santa Monica’s first loss of the season at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.
The Vikings picked up two commanding victories in their first two games of the season at Corsair Field and will play their next three games there.
In Santa Monica’s first true test of the season, Venice showed why it is ranked 15th by the Los Angeles Times, taking control in the third quarter with touchdown runs of 75, 65 and 60 yards by McNeal.
The Gondos will next play at Oaks Christian High School in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th. Santa Monica will next host Jordan High of Long Beach in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th.
In a low scoring game, the Westchester High School Comets got a touchdown early in the third quarter to earn the points they needed to win 6-4 over visiting Washington High School in a non-league game Friday, September 21st.
The Comets (2-1) fell behind by two points in the second quarter, when the Washington defense sacked Comet quarterback Herman Evans in the end zone for a safety.
But Westchester responded in its first drive of the second half, when running back Robyn Lawson ran for a four-yard touchdown to take the lead for good. Lawson finished with 11 carries for 33 yards and running back Greg Dudley added 51 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Evans finished with 90 yards passing in the victory.
Westchester will next host Narbonne High School at 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings narrowly led at halftime but were defeated 36-14 by host Palos Verdes High School in a non-league game Friday, September 21st.
After the Vikings (1-2) went into halftime with an 8-7 advantage, Palos Verdes boosted its offense in the second half, going up 22-8 before St. Bernard was able to respond with a touchdown on a four-yard run by Greg Walker in the middle of the third quarter.
St. Bernard will next play at El Segundo High School in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Friday, September 28th.
The St. Monica High School Mariners were shut out 47-0 by visiting Malibu High School in a non-league game at St. Bernard High Saturday, September 22nd.
The Mariners (0-3) are next scheduled to play host Chadwick High in a non-league game at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29th.