After West Torrance High's football team recorded an impressive 37-7 home Bay League rout of Redondo on Oct. 18, the Warriors were optimistic about the league showdown against Palos Verdes, which also came off a key 35-0 shutout win over host Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach.
In the rematch of last season's CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game, won by the Sea Kings 35-14, P.V. continued its dominance against other Bay teams, including other top ones, as they breezed to a 34-7 win over the host Warriors last Friday.
Against West's offense that came into the contest averaging nearly 40 points per game, the Sea King defense throttled the Warriors, holding them to only 120 total yards.
Usually effective quarterback Zach Heeger completed just 11 of 26 passes for 101 yards, one touchdown and was intercepted once.
Palos Verdes' defense allowed its first three league opponents, Lawndale Leuzinger, Mira Costa and West, only one touchdown and has a pair of shutouts over the Olympians and Mustangs.
The Sea Kings offense were able to get through the Warriors' very physical and quick line both in the air and on the ground. Quarterback Daniel DiRocco completed 10 of 16 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including from 11 to Lane Brown and 45 to Joey Aenowell. Tyler More had two rushing TD's from five and 12 yards out as P.V. built a 34-0 lead before West (6-2 overall and 1-2 in league) broke the shutout with 52 seocnds left in the game on a 13-yard scoring pass from Heeger to Jackson Farrentines.
Still playing without premiere wide receiver Craig Knaus, who was injured in West's 49-0 rout of current Pioneer League leader El Segundo last month, didn't help much. Knaus, though, is improving and has a shot at playing in the Warriors league finale against lowly Leuzinger (0-8, 0-3) on Nov. 8. Sources are, though, that they may save him for the Northern Division playoffs, if West advances, which appears to be very good.
Palos Verdes (6-2, 3-0) could clinch the league title with a home win over Redondo on Friday. Game time is 2:30 p.m. The Sea Hawks are 6-2 overall and 2-1 in league after routing Leuzinger 49-0 last Friday at home but their lack of depth and experience on parts of their squad could pose a long day for them against the Sea Kings. Redondo has been led by seniors, quarterback Harrison Faecher and running back Jamal Perkins.
West hopes to rebound when it visits Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula at the same time. The Panthers fell to 1-2 in league with a 42-6 loss to Mira Costa last Friday at Penisinsula.
El Segundo grabs Pioneer League: El Segundo High's football team took sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League with an impressive 33-12 victory over host North Torrance last Friday.
The Eagles, who improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in league, had dominance from Jamie Stewart who had three touchdowns on a pair of receptions from quarterback Lars Nootbar from 11 and 48 yards, and a 97-yard kickoff return that gave El Segundo a 21-6 lead.
Junior standout quarterback Nootbar also had a 29-yard TD pass to Nick Karsseboom and a one-yard scoring run. He completed only six of 14 passes for 106 yards but for three touchdowns.
North, which fell to 2-1 in league and 4-4 overall, had a good game from Mique Juarez who completed 10 of 18 passes for 168 yards, one TD and one interception. He also rushed for 68 yards on 18 carries but left the game midway in the third quarter and never returned.
Juarez's touchdown pass was from six yards to Owen Kennedy.
The Eagles will seek to clinch, at least, a tie for the Pioneer crown as they host Centennial High from Compton Friday at 7 p.m. The Apaches are 1-7 overall and 0-3 in Pioneer action.
The Saxons will seek to improve to 3-1 in league as they visit cross town rival South Torrance at the same time. After an 0-6 start, the Spartans improved to 2-1 in league with their second consecutive victory at Lawndale 21-7 last Friday.
South stops Lawndale: After starting this season at 0-6, South Torrance High's football team won its second straight Pioneer League win over host Lawndale 21-7 last Friday.
The Spartans (2-6, 2-1) used a clutch defense that had four red zone stops on the Cardinals (4-4, 0-3) including one where Lawndale came within approximately two inches of a touchdown in the third quarter.
South continued to have a good showing from senior running back Brandon Chavez who rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Vinni Bjazevich added 96 yards and one TD on 16 carries.
"I'm real happy," South head coach Josh Waybright said. "Over the last two weeks, we've played great physical football. We had four red zone stops. Our defense came a long way."
A week earlier, the Spartan defense had three red zone stops on Centennial in their 8-6 homecoming victory.
Lawndale sophomore quarterback Chris Murray completed six of 15 passes for 120 yards and had a 60-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Anthony Ramirez.
"South came out and executed," Murray said. "They wanted it more than us."
The Spartans' victory sets their stage for a rival showdown at home against North Torrance Friday at 7 p.m.
After a 4-1 preseason, the Cardinals are still seeking their first league win in four years as they visit Torrance at Zamperini Field at the same time. The Tartars are 2-1 after downing host Centennial 31-8 last Friday in Compton.
Last week's results:
Friday, Oct. 25:
Bay League: Redondo 49, Leuzinger 0; Mira Costa 42, Peninsula 6; Palos Verdes 34, West Torrance 7.
Del Rey League: La Salle 31, Bishop Montgomery 28; Mary Star 50, St. Bernard 14.
Mission League: Serra 45, Cathedral 14.
Ocean League: Morningside 56, Beverly Hills 27; Culver City 17, Santa Monica 14 (OT); Inglewood 36, Hawthorne 6.
Pioneer League: El Segundo 33, North Torrance 12; South Torrance 21, Lawndale 7; Torrance 31, Centennial 8.
Eight-Man: Pacific Lutheran 44, La Verne Lutheran 8.
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: San Pedro 45, Banning 6; Carson 56, Gardena 0; Narbonne 54, Washington 6.
Western League: Fairfax 31, Westchester 9.
Saturday, Oct. 26:
Prep League: Polytechnic (Pasadena) 47, Chadwick 30.
This Week's Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 1:
Bay League: Mira Costa at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.; Redondo at Palos Verdes, 2:30 p.m.; West Torrance at Peninsula, 3 p.m.
Del Rey League: St. Bernard at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.; Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 7 p.m.
Mission League: St. Francis at Serra, 7 p.m.
Ocean League: Beverly Hills at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.; Culver City vs. Morningside at Coleman Field (Inglewood), 7 p.m.; Inglewood vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica City College, 7 p.m.
Pioneer League: Centennial at El Segundo, 7 p.m.; Lawndale at Torrance, 7 p.m.; North Torrance at South Torrance, 7 p.m.
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: Banning at Carson, 7 p.m.; Narbonne at Gardena, 7 p.m.; San Pedro at Washington, 7 p.m.
Western League: Westchester at Hamilton, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2:
Prep League: Chadwick at Webb, 3:30 p.m.
Eight-Man: Orcutt Academy vs. Pacific Lutheran at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 2 p.m.
Snyder's South Bay Top 10:
1. Serra (8-0), 2. Narbonne (6-2), 3. Palos Verdes (6-2), 4. Mira Costa (5-3), 5. Carson (4-4), 6. West Torrance (6-2), 7. Redondo (6-2), 8. San Pedro (5-3), 9. El Segundo (5-3), 10. Culver City (4-4).