In high school football playoff games:
The Venice High School Gondoliers carried the momentum from their Western League Championship into the first round of the City Section Championship Division playoffs, as they defeated visiting Carson High School 25-20 Thursday, November 20th.
After earning five consecutive victories to grab the league title this season, the Gondoliers (6-5) continued the success against their city playoff nemesis, Carson High.
Venice was scheduled to play at San Pedro High School in the second round of the playoffs Wednesday, November 26th.
In the first-round game, J.R. McConico scored Venice’s first touchdown on a one-yard run but the Gondoliers fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter. Running back Aaron Jones added another touchdown on a two-yard run in to cut the deficit to 14-12 at halftime.
McConico then gave Venice the lead for good with two more touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of one and two yards. He led the Gondoliers with 32 carries for 170 yards rushing in the game.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings were knocked out of the Southern Section playoffs in the first round after a 38-17 loss to host Warren High School of Downey Friday, November 21st.
The defeat came after the Vikings finished in third place in the Ocean League following back-to-back victories over Inglewood and Hawthorne high schools.
Santa Monica took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter of the playoff game, but Warren fought back to take a 17-7 lead into halftime.
The Vikings added a field goal by Jake Schmidt in the third quarter and another touchdown in the fourth but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Running back Christian Ross led the Vikings with 30 carries for 153 yards rushing and one touchdown. Ross led the Ocean League this season with a total of 1,783 yards rushing. Quarterback Garrett Safron finished ten-of-21 passing for 138 yards in the game.
Santa Monica ended the season with an overall record of 8-3, including a league record of 3-2.