performed last week in season openers
BY VINCE ECHAVARIA
In other high school football games:
The Santa Monica High School Vikings scored an early touchdown and never lost their lead in a 13-3 season-opening victory at home over West Torrance High School Friday, September 9th.
Santa Monica sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz threw a 13-yard pass to senior wide receiver Carlton Fortenberry for the Vikings’ first touchdown less than a minute into the game.
West Torrance cut the Santa Monica lead to 7-3 late in the second quarter after a 25-yard field goal by Tyler Krumpe.
A two-yard touchdown run by junior running back Louis Adeyemi in the third quarter secured the victory for the Vikings, who avenged the loss to West Torrance in the season-opening game last year.
Senior defensive back Freddie Leslie grabbed two interceptions and Katz finished five-of-ten for 52 yards passing for the Vikings (1-0).
Westchester High School senior quarterback Duron Sylvester highlighted the offense with five touchdown passes to lead the Comets to a 47-27 non-league victory over Morningside High School Friday, September 9th.
Senior running back Gregory Ray, who finished with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown, gave the Comets their first score on a 46-yard run early in the game.
After Morningside cut the Comet lead to 12-7 in the second quarter, Ray caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Sylvester for an 18-7 score.
Junior Darren Starks scored two more receiving touchdowns to help give Westchester a 34-14 comfortable lead at halftime, which the Comets would never relinquish.
Sylvester completed 12-of-22 passes for 201 yards for Westchester (1-0).
St. Monica High School held its lead despite a late touchdown by Bishop Montgomery High School, as the visiting Mariners narrowly won their season opener 22-20 Friday, September 9th.
The Mariners (1-0) picked up the first score of the game in the first quarter after a ten-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
St. Monica held a 14-13 lead at halftime after senior Tommy Marrone threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Anthony Flores.
Senior running back Vince Valdez, who finished with 183 yards rushing, stretched the Mariner lead to 22-13 after a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Two touchdowns by St. Bernard High School senior running back Dominic Cooper were not enough to overcome the challenge of Culver City High School in a 15-12 non-league loss for the visiting Vikings Friday, September 9th.
St. Bernard jumped out to the early lead in the first quarter after Cooper returned a Culver City fumble 49 yards for a touchdown.
The Vikings fell behind 9-6 at halftime, but Cooper put St. Bernard ahead 12-9 in the fourth quarter after a 27-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Jeremy Laney.
St. Bernard (0-1) would not hold its lead for long, as Culver City came back with a 14-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Darius Banks.
This week’s local high school football games — all games are scheduled for Friday, September 16th:
n Venice High School vs. Loyola High School at 7:30 p.m. at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.
n Westchester High School vs. San Pedro High School at 7 p.m. in Westchester.
n Santa Monica High School vs. Palisades High School at 7 p.m. in Pacific Palisades.
n St. Bernard High School vs. Valley Christian High School at 7:30 p.m. in Cerritos.
n St. Monica High School vs. El Segundo High School at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey.