Last Friday afternoon’s non-league showdown between two of the South Bay’s top football teams from host Palos Verdes and South Torrance ended up a mismatch.
After opening the season with two losses to a pair of premiere teams from Moorpark and Harbor City Narbonne on the road, the Sea Kings bounced back with a home blowout victory over Central High from Fresno on Sept. 17, then followed with a 44-7 rout of previously unbeaten and last year’s CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division runner-up South Torrance last Friday.
Palos Verdes, who many feel could win the Bay League title this season, had a very balanced team effort but it was Robby Kolanz that had a spectacular game after starting out with a disappointment.
In the first quarter, Kolanz dropped a potential touchdown pass.
With 24 seconds left before halftime, however, Kolanz made things up with a 42-yard TD reception from quarterback Zac Fixen and the Sea Kings (2-2) went into the locker room with a 20-7 lead at the intermission.
The second half saw Kolanz continue to excel, who had a big kickoff return that set up a touchdown. He finsihed with three catches for 68 yards and one TD.
Zach Henkhaus got things started for P.V. by scoring on its third play on a 56-yard run. It was 56 of his 62 total yards rushing on 11 carries for the game. Henkhaus also had a 51-yard interception return to set off a 56-yard scoring pass from Fixen to receiver Lateef Munir that gave the Sea Kings a 37-7 bulge. On special teams, Henkhaus had 55 yards on three punt returns.
One of the very few highlights for the Spartans was Brandon Loera who had two fumble recoveries and one quarterback sack on defense and ran for 116 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. He got South within six points at 13-7 early in the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Blaise Booth, who replaced expected returning standout quarterback Kevin McMahon who transferred to Carson, completed 11 of 33 passes for 122 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
The Spartans also had to play without standout lineman Kirtis Heineman who is serving a one-game suspension following an ejection for head butting with a Burbank player in South’s 32-21 win on Sept. 16.
The Sea Kings have a bye week before visiting Inglewood at Coleman Stadium on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
South will host cross town rival West Torrance Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors are improved from last year at 2-1 after a 13-10 home win over El Segundo.
Carson Lets it Get Away: Marine League and CIF-Los Angeles City power Carson continues to play a rigid non-league football schedule with mostly top CIF-Southern Section PAC Five teams.
At Carson last Friday, the Colts held a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter but highly regarded Santa Margarita, ranked fifth in the PAC Five, finished off Carson with 25 unanswered points for a 39-21 victory.
The Eagles held the Colts, who averaged more than 300 yards passing in their previous two games, to only 110 yards on a 14-for-24 effort by Kevin McMahon. On top of that, University of Southern California-bound wide receiver Darreus Rogers was held to only three receptions for 19 yards after having more than 400 yards in receptions in Carson’s previous two games against Santa Ana Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly.
Roger Jones sparked Carson (1-2) with touchdown runs of two and one yards. He ran for 58 yards on 17 carries.
McMahon scored the Colts other TD on a 1-yard keeper that gave them a seven-point lead with 3:30 remaining in the third period.
Carson continues its rigorous preseason schedule at home against Mission Viejo Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorne breaks Torrance: A more experienced Hawthorne High football team is off to a good start with a 2-1 record after a key 20-10 home victory over Torrance last Friday.
The Cougars were sparked by running back Isaiah Brame who ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns, includng a spectacular tackle breaking 45-yard touchdown run that gave them a 13-3 run early in the third quarter.
He scored Hawthorne’s first TD on a 10-yard run in the second period that enabled the Cougars to hold a 6-3 halftime lead.
Brame also had seven receptions for 111 yards.
Steven Gantt added a 55-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
The Tartars had a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Quoc Ho.
Torrance was without standout running back Tyrone Taylor, also a premiere baseball player, who was ineligible for Friday’s contest due to an ejection in the Tartars’ non-league game against West Torrance (won by the Warriors, 29-21) on Sept. 16.
Hawthorne will host Firebaugh High from Lynwood, a team that the Cougars ended their miserable 45-game losing streak with a 27-22 win last year, Friday at 7 p.m.
Torrance, which fell to 1-2, will not have it any easier as it visits a highly regarded Beckman High team in Irvine Friday at 7 p.m. Beckman already defeated Hawthorne, 41-10, on Sept. 16 at Beckman. The good news is that the Tartars will have Taylor back.
Last Week’s Results: Thursday, Sept. 22: Tesoro 22, Narbonne 13.
Friday, Sept. 23: Palos Verdes 44, South Torrance 7; West Torrance 13, El Segundo 10; Hawthorne 20, Torrance 10; Culver City 40, Redondo 23; St. Bernard 39, Lawndale 14; Peninsula 32, Beverly Hills 28; Laguna Beach 28, Bishop Montgomery 23; Lakewood 55, Leuzinger 0; San Pedro 48, North Torrance 19; Santa Margarita 39, Carson 21; Serra 27, Banning 7; Morningside 28, San Fernando 14, Westchester 41, Locke 20.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Kern Valley 47, Chadwick 39.
This Week’s Schedule: Friday, Sept. 30: Chaminade at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.; Lawndale at Peninsula, 3 p.m.; Redondo vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, 7:30 p.m.; West Torrance at South Torrance, 7 p.m.; Leuzinger at Culver City, 7 p.m.; Chadwick at Chula Vista Mater Dei, 7 p.m.; Laguna Beach at Mary Star, 7 p.m.; Cantwell at St. Bernard, 7 p.m. (Del Rey League); Serra at Narbonne, 7 p.m.; Oak Park at El Segundo, 7 p.m.; Torrance at Beckman, 7 p.m.; Compton Centennial at Morningside (Coleman Stadium), 7 p.m., Inglewood at San Pedro, 7 p.m.; Firebaugh at Hawthore, 7 p.m.; Chatsworth at Banning, 7 p.m.; Mission Viejo at Carson, 7 p.m.; Gardena at Crenshaw, 7 p.m.
Eight-Man: Southlands Christian at Rolling Hills Prep, 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Eight-Man: Pacific Lutheran vs. St. Michael’s Prep at Daniel’s Field, San Pedro, 1 p.m.
Snyder’s Top 10: 1. Serra (3-1), 2. Carson (1-2), 3. Narbonne (1-2), 4. Palos Verdes (2-2), 5. Culver City (3-0), 6. San Pedro (3-0), 7. Westchester (4-0), 8. St. Bernard (3-0), 9. Mira Costa (1-2), 10. South Torrance (2-1).