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Santa Monica College defeated East Los Angeles, 30-27, Saturday in a Western State Conference football game. The Corsairs evened their overall record at 2-2 and are 1-1 in conference games with the win on the road. It was an impressive victory because East L.A. entered the game with a 3-0 record including an upset of Ventura College.

``We just didn't play well,'' said Coach Robert Taylor about last week's 31-14 loss to Citrus College. ``To beat East L.A. we knew we'd have to get our game together quickly.''

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The Santa Monica High girls volleyball team lost its Bay League opener to Peninsula, 15-11, 12-15, 7-15, 15-6, 15-10.

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Gordon's Ankle Broken, But Samohi's Spirit Remains High

By Mitch Chortkoff

The Santa Monica High football team has begun the chore of adjusting to the absence of Charles Gordon, their star receiver and defensive back.

Gordon suffered a fractured left ankle in a game against Venice last week. Without him, Santa Monica improved its record to 4-0 with a 54-0 victory over Centennial Friday night at Santa Monica College.

Centennial is one of the weakest teams in the Ocean League and more stringest tests lie ahead.

``The prognosis is that Charles will be out for the season,'' said assistant coach Tebb Kusserow. ``He's in a cast and (head coach) Norm Lacy has been in contact with his family.''

Gordon, who is also a star baseball player, was hurt while attempting to make a catch in the end zone. He is a junior who is expected to return for his senior year and appears to have a future in college football.

The loss has been felt throughout the football community.

``We know about him. We know he's a fine player,'' said USC assistant coach Dennis Thurman, the former Santa Monica High star.

``We've heard about how well he is playing,'' said Dan Ferrigno, another USC assistant. ``When someone is doing well the news travels fast.''

Lacy and Kusserow made minor adjustments in the offense. Chris Gary, Terrell Maze and Ben Casillas are now the receivers.

``We lost a very talented player but Charles still attends practice and is a member of the team,'' said Kusserow. ``He's still a part of what we're doing. Considering what happened I think everyone is handling it very well.''

Samohi will play Morningside Friday night at Coleman Field in Inglewood.

``We lost an outstanding player but we're not changing much,'' said Lacy. ``We have a lot of talent. We still believe in having a strong ground game and throwing deep passes.''

Gordon was injured on the third play of the game a week ago when Santa Monica defeated Venice, 31-14.

In that game Samohi had to overcome a 14-10 halftime deficit. It had no difficulty against Centennial, rolling to a 42-0 lead and scoring twice more with reserves in the game.

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