Venice High School junior running back Curtis McNeal was a scoring machine as he racked up six touchdowns to lead the visiting Gondoliers to a 39-20 non-league victory over Banning High School Friday, October 6th.

The Gondoliers (3-2) seemed to recover just fine from their 47-17 defeat to nationally-ranked Oaks Christian High in the previous week, and handed Banning (2-3) its third consecutive loss.

McNeal scored two of his five rushing touchdowns in the first half, but Banning running back Josh Limosnero also added two touchdowns to tie the score at 14-14 at halftime.

Venice then took control after halftime when McNeal added three more touchdowns, including a 60-yard punt return, before Banning was able to answer.

The Venice running back finished the game with 194 yards rushing on 20 carries.

The defending Western League champion Gondoliers will begin league play against co-defending league champion Fairfax High School at home at 7 p.m. Friday, October 13th.

After suffering three consecutive losses, the Westchester High School Comets jumped back into the win column with a 19-0 shutout of host Gardena High School Friday, October 6th.

The Comets (2-3) grabbed an early 7-0 lead after a two-yard touchdown run by senior Darren Starks in the first quarter and the score remained the same until halftime.

Starks put Westchester ahead 13-0 with another touchdown run in the third quarter.

The Comets secured the victory in the fourth quarter, when senior Vinson Jenkins intercepted a pass by Gardena quarterback Darren Dupar and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

Westchester will start Western League play at home against Hamilton High School at 7 p.m. Friday, October 13th.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings’ offense appeared to have no answer against Los Alamitos High School in a 35-0 visiting non-league loss Thursday, October 5th.

The Los Alamitos Griffins (4-1) took control early with two touchdowns in the first quarter and went into halftime with a 21-0 lead.

The Vikings (3-2) struggled on offense throughout the game and were held to a total of 99 rushing yards.

Santa Monica sophomore running back Vincent Lawrence rushed for 54 yards on 21 carries and junior quarterback Ryan Katz finished eight-of-15 for 53 yards passing in the game.

Junior linebacker Max Monbouquette led the Viking defense with 11 tackles.

The Vikings will begin Ocean League play against host Morningside High School at 7 p.m. Friday, October 13th.

The St. Monica High School Mariners were defeated 35-14 by host Palisades High School in a non-league game Friday, October 6th.

In their fifth consecutive visiting game, the Mariners (0-5) fell behind early against Palisades (3-2), which scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.

St. Monica junior running back James Wright returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to cut the Palisades lead in the third quarter, but the Dolphins still cruised to victory with three touchdowns after halftime.

St. Monica will open Camino Real League play with its first home game of the season against Mary Star of the Sea High School at 7 p.m. Friday, October 13th.