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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Santa Monica High began its Ocean League season with a 56-0 victory Friday night at Centennial. There will be much tougher tests ahead, including defending champion Inglewood, which looks as good as last season, when it won every game until the CIF Division 10 championship contest where it lost to Paso Robles.

After losing its opener to Peninsula, 16-13, Samohi has responded to Coach Norm Lacy's no-nonsense practices and located its offense. Samohi beat Venice 48-27 and has scored 104 points in its last two games. Samohi will be home Friday night (SMC's Corsair Field) against Morningside.

St. Monica lost to Mary Star, 14-7. The game was tied with six seconds left when Dennis Legaspi scored for Mary Star on a seven-yard run. St. Monica scored first on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Ben Agatep to Angelo Ramirez and held a 7-0 halftime lead before the home team came back. St. Monica has a 1-2 record, all in non-league games.

Ron Mims, an assistant football coach at Santa Monica College two seasons ago and an assistant at Venice High last season has become head coach at Muir High in Pasadena...

Bowl Game Returns to SMC This Season

By Mitch Chortkoff

A commitment from US Bank leads to the return of the Beach Bowl football game at Santa Monica College's Corsair Field at the end of this season.

A year ago the game was invented when neither SMC nor Citrus qualified for one of the established community college bowl games. Both barely missed out, had quality teams and wanted to play another game.

Inventing a game was not unprecedented. Two years earlier SMC and El Camino had missed out on a bowl appearance but put one together called the South Bay Bowl. It produced one of the most memorable games in community college football history, a 71-67 SMC victory that included a five-yard, game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.

The rulers of community college sports don't frown upon the addition of these games as long as the teams have winning records and can find a sponsor.

SMC won last year's game, 26-22, rallying in the fourth quarter for an exciting victory that avenged a regular season loss to Citrus. But I was concerned that US Bank might not come back because attendance was only around 500. The hope was that 1,500 would turn out.

No problem. Officials at US Bank told me they were impressed with the enthusiasm in the stadium and pleased with local media support. Various news agencies in Santa Monica welcomed the game.

It was put together hastily. This year we all know plenty of time in advance the game is being planned. That should help with arrangements.

I don't know what will happen if SMC has a poor season. Perhaps two other teams will play. Right now SMC is 1-2 following losses to College of the Desert and El Camino and a 47-6 victory over Pierce.

SMC's young quarterback, Boomer Wells, showed improvement against a weak Pierce team. He had some success and gained some confidence going into tough games at Hancock and Canyons.

Coach Robert Taylor has a young and talented squad and a tradition of turning out top-notch personnel. From last year's team 20 players went on to play at four-year schools.

Taylor has two players from Beverly Hills High, which has been strong in recent years -- Wells and running back Roger Smith, who had 120 all-purpose yards against Pierce.

The establishment of a bowl game at SMC can only add to the prestige of the program.
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