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Santa Monica Sports Notes

After losing its first two games St. Monica High now has a winning record of 4-3. The Mariners won at Hamilton Friday, 28-0. On Saturday St. Monica will begin Camino Real League play at Verbum Dei.

``It took us awhile to play as a team,'' said Coach Randy Robinson. ``But I'm glad we didn't peak too early.''

Robinson says the league favorite is Cathedral, which has been routing opponents with a Wing-T offense after featuring a passing attack in recent years.

Against Hamilton quarterback Ben Agatep threw a short pass to freshman Michael Dunn, who outraced the defense for a 55-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Then Brandon Williams recovered a fumble to set up Agatep's 30-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 receiver Marcus Shelby. In the fourth quarter Agatep and Shelby connected again for a 25-yard touchdown.

Santa Monica College won a Western State Conference football game from Ventura College Saturday night, 9-7. Coach Robert Taylor's team also has rebounded well from a slow start...
Samohi Wins to Set Up The Most Important Game

By Mitch Chortkoff

The Santa Monica High football team did a nice job of bouncing back from adversity last Friday night with a 42-16 victory over El Segundo. Now Samohi is preparing for its most important game of the season.

First place Inglewood will be the opponent Friday night at Coleman Stadium in Inglewood. If Samohi wins it will create a three-way tie for the Ocean League lead. If its loses the Vikings will be in third place.

The problem is that Santa Monica has already lost to second place North Torrance.

``There's no doubt in my mind we can win this game,'' said Vikings star lineman Darius Bell.

``When we lost to North Torrance we were overconfident. We thought we were unbeatable. But we came back with a strong week of practice. Being overconfident won't happen again.''

Coach Norm Lacy said he turned up the tempo in practice after Samohi, which had won its first five games, lost to North Torrance 35-28.

``The intensity of the coaches was apparant,'' he said. ``Our junior varsity team didn't have a game so we had more players to go hard in practice. We raised the bar.

``Since our tackling had been suspect we were much more physical in practice. And the players responded.''

Santa Monica took a 14-0 lead and didn't let up. When the score became 21-10 in the second quarter James Cooper threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gary for a 27-10 halftime lead despite a missed extra point.

Then, in the third quarter, Cooper found Gary for a 15-yard gain to set up Derrick Davis' five-yard touchdown run. Davis also ran in a two-point conversion for a 35-10 lead. In the fourth quarter Jarron Black ran 36 yards for a touchdown and a 42-10 lead before the visitors scored the game's final touchdown.

A large Homecoming crowd enjoyed the contest and saw Ben Hutchinson star in two roles. He was Homecoming King and also played wide receiver.

Davis scored four touchdowns, three on short runs and one from 63
yards out.

Santa Monica had to defend against Matt Engle, the South Bay's leading passer and Casey Gardner, the South Bay's leading receiver.

``They were good and commanded a lot of our attention,'' said Lacy.

Engle was 19-for-43 for 164 yards. Gardner caught seven passes and also kicked a 50-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare.

Meanwhile, Inglewood was improving its record to 7-0 with a 76-6 victory over Morningside.

Inglewood, which uses a hard-to-defend double-wing T, had 603 yards on the ground led by Lamar Ferguson with 245 yards.

``They have two high-quality sprinters, a good fullback, and they occasionally hit you with a pass,'' said Lacy.

After playing Inglewood, Samohi will return home for its final two league games against Torrance and South Torrance.

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