West Torrance High's football team ended its preseason play at 5-0 after blowing by North Torrance 35-6 last Friday at West.
The Warriors move on to what should be a way tougher Bay League and open with a bang at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach Friday at 7 p.m. in what could be a big showdown.
The Mustangs are 3-2 but came off a big 33-21 victory over host Newport Harbor in their non-league finale last Friday. Mira Costa's only losses were to prestigious CIF-Southern Section PAC Five powers Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Los Angeles Loyola, both on the road. Mira Costa, along with Palos Verdes, played probably the two toughest preseason schedules. The Sea Kings are also 3-2 after downing host Compton Dominguez 34-13 last Friday and own key wins over PAC Five teams Moorpark and Lake Forest El Toro.
All of West's non-league five opponents have losing records with North being the best at 2-3 but with wins over two very weak teams in Lawndale Leuzinger, probably the only team that has no hope for a Bay League title nor the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs, and Torrance Bishop Montgomery from the seemingly weak Del Rey League. The Saxons also suffered lopsided losses to other Bay teams Redondo and Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula in non-league play.
The Warriors are currently ranked No. 2 in the Northern Division, behind Newhall Hart.
Against the Saxons, West continued to have a strong performance from junior running back Brett Ojiwi who rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 101 yards and one TD.
Ojiwi's scoring runs of 33, nine and five yards helped the Warriors off to a 21-0 halftime lead. With 7:52 left in the third quarter, Ojiwi had a 58-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Zach Heeger.
Heeger completed nine of 19 passes for 221 yards and one TD.
North scored its only touchdown on an 11-yard pass from reserve quarterback Chris Huaea to Matthew Gonzalez.
The Pioneer League seems mostly down and the Saxons hope they can benefit from it. They visit Centennial High in Compton (1-4) in their opener Friday at 7 p.m.\
Hawthorne reclaims Cup: Hawthorne High's football team won the Mayor's Cup with a 44-8 win over host Leuzinger last Friday in Lawndale.
The victory lifted the Cougars to 2-3 in preseason as they begin the Ocean League at home against Culver City Friday at 7 p.m.
The usually strong Centaurs are faced with mostly rebuilding at 1-4 after falling to premiere PAC Five team Bishop Amat from La Puente 48-19 last Friday at Culver.
Leading 16-8 after Leuzinger quarterback Edson Santos tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Vaughn with 8:28 left in the second quarter, Hawthorne dominated the rest of the contest with 28 unanswered points that was ignited on the persuing 80-yard kickoff return for a TD by Eddie Thomas.
That was part of a 34-point second period which saw the Cougars race to a 37-8 halftime lead. Hawthorne added a third quarter TD on a 36-yard run by Paris McDaniel, who rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Issai Rivera added a 7-yard fumble recovery return for a score in the second quarter.
For the Olympians (0-5), Santos completed six of 15 passes for 47 yards, one TD and two interceptions.
Hawthorne's Jahleel Enriquez had both of those interceptions.
Leuzinger hopes to do the best it can when it visits defending CIF-Southern Section Northern Division champion Palos Verdes Friday at 3 p.m.
Peninsula rolls over South: Under first year head coach Mike Christiansen, Peninsula High's football team is in the right position entering the prestigious Bay League after an impressive 31-7 victory at South Torrance last Friday.
Coming off a disappointing 32-24 loss to a surprising Lawndale team (4-1), the Panthers got things going.
Junior running back Rory Hubbard got his legs going, rushing for 193 yards on 24 carries and senior quarterback Ian Estucia completed a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Jason Burr, who also had a one-yard scoring run.
The Panthers, who are 3-2 entering Friday's Bay opener at Redondo (4-1) Friday at 7 p.m., led 31-0 early in the fourth quarter before Spartan sophomore quarterback Gabe Zuniga scored on a six-yard run.
Zuniga sparked the young and inexperienced South squad (0-5) rushing for 113 yards on 17 carries but completed just two of 10 passes for 20 yards.
Peninsula's game at Redondo will be one of many good contests. The Sea Hawks are enjoying a 4-1 preseason after a bye week. A week earlier, Redondo, behind senior quarterback Harrison Faecher, rallied for a 25-24 win over San Pedro, which is also 4-1 in non-league after a 21-14 win at Fairfax High last Friday.
South, which consists of mostly sophomores and juniors, hope to benefit in the mostly down Pioneer League as it opens at a 1-4 Torrance team Friday at 7 p.m. The Tartars are coming off a 33-2 loss at Inglewood last Friday.
Last Week's Results:
Thursday, Oct. 3:
Non-League: View Park Prep 32, Morningside 14.
Friday, Oct. 4:
Del Rey League: Cantwell-Sacred Heart 19, Bishop Montgomery 17; Verbum Dei 40, Mary Star 15.
Non-League: West Torrance 35, North Torrance 6; Peninsula 31, South Torrance 7; Carson 42, Jefferson 6; Palos Verdes 34, Dominguez 13; San Pedro 21, Fairfax 14; Hawthorne 44, Leuzinger 8; Mira Costa 33, Newport Harbor 21; Inglewood 33, Torrance 2; Laguna Hills 26, El Segundo 0; Gardena 32, Rancho Dominguez Prep 22; Westchester 10, North Hollywood 10; Bishop Amat 48, Culver City 19.
Eight-Man Coastal League: Avalon 49, Rolling Hills Prep 12.
This Week's Schedule:
Friday, Oct. 11:
Bay League: Leuzinger at Palos Verdes, 3 p.m.; West Torrance at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.; Peninsula at Redondo, 7 p.m.
Del Rey League: Bosco Tech at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.; Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Mary Star at Daniels Field, 7 p.m.
Mission League: Serra at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m.
Ocean League: Culver City at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.; Beverly Hills vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.; Morningside vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica City College, 7 p.m.
Pioneer League: North Torrance at Compton Centennial, 6 p.m.; South Torrance at Torrance (Zamparini Field), 7 p.m.; El Segundo at Lawndale, 7 p.m.
Prep League: Chadwick at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Non-League: St. Bernard at Marquez, 7 p.m.
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: San Pedro at Carson, 7 p.m.; Banning at Narbonne, 7 p.m.; Gardena at Washington, 7 p.m.
Western League: University at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12:
Eight-Man Non-League: Warner vs. Pacific Lutheran at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 2 p.m.
Snyder's Top 10: 1. Serra (5-0), 2. West Torrance (5-0), 3. Narbonne (3-2), 4. Redondo (4-1), 5. San Pedro (4-1), 6. Palos Verdes (3-2), 7. Mira Costa (3-2), 8. Lawndale (4-1), 9. Peninsula (3-2), 10. Carson (1-4).