Sending a powerful message on their path to the Los Angeles City Section championship, the Venice High School Gondoliers captured an impressive 41-35 victory over defending state champion Oaks Christian High School in a visiting non-league game Friday, September 28th.
The Gondoliers (4-0), ranked 12th in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times, earned their biggest win of the season by toppling Oaks Christian (2-2), which had a 51-game win streak before it was defeated by St. Bonaventure High the week before.
Venice was also able to avenge a 47-14 loss to Oaks Christian last year.
The Gondoliers went into halftime trailing Oaks Christian 28-9, but added a touchdown in the third quarter to remain within striking distance.
In an action-packed fourth quarter, Venice racked up 25 points, including three touchdowns in the final three minutes, to seven points for Oaks Christian.
Senior running back Curtis McNeal, who finished with 28 carries for 189 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the game, added another score on a 35-yard interception return to seal the victory for Venice.
Gondo senior quarterback Richard Ragland finished 14-of-25 passing for 211 yards in the game.
Venice will next host Banning High School at 7 p.m. Friday, October 5th, in its last game before Western League play begins.
After suffering their first loss of the season to rival Venice High School, the Santa Monica High School Vikings responded with a 27-13 victory over visiting Jordan High School of Long Beach in a non-league game Friday, September 28th.
In their fourth consecutive game at Santa Monica College Corsair Field, the Vikings (3-1) took a 14-7 lead over Jordan at halftime.
The two teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but Santa Monica secured the victory with two more touchdowns in the final quarter.
Running back Vince Lawrence led the Viking running attack with 17 carries for 101 yards rushing in the game. Senior quarterback Ryan Katz lead the offense by completing 21-of-30 passes for 206 yards.
Max Monbouquette led the defense for Santa Monica with 11 tackles.
Santa Monica will face another test in Los Alamitos High School at 7 p.m. Friday, October 5th, the last game before Ocean League play begins.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings struggled with turnovers in a 24-11 non-league loss to host El Segundo High School Friday, September 28th.
The Vikings (1-3) had several turnovers, including two interceptions, in the game and El Segundo was able to capitalize.
St. Bernard picked up its only touchdown in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
The team will next host Verbum Dei High School in its last game before Del Rey League play begins at 7 p.m. Friday, October 5th.
The St. Monica High School Mariners were shutout 70-0 by host Chadwick High School in a non-league game at St. Bernard High School Saturday, September 29th.
The Mariners (0-4) will next play Villanova Prep in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Friday, October 5th.