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Santa Monica Sports Notes

North Torrance and Inglewood, the two teams that defeated Santa Monica in Ocean League play last season, are again the Vikings' biggest obstacles in their quest for a league championship.

North Torrance overcame a 16-0 deficit to defeat Inglewood last Friday, 23-22, and currently shares first place with Samohi. The winning touchdown was scored by quarterback Kenny Brown, who had a superb game against Samohi last season. Besides scoring the winning TD on a two-yard run, Brown was 12 of 17 as a passer and threw for one TD against Inglewood.

When Samohi went from the stronger Bay League to the Ocean prior to last season some observers thought the Vikings would roll through the league. Instead, it has turned out that Samohi is good but hasn't yet had a victory over either North Torrance or Inglewood. In addition, Samohi has prevailed over some other teams in close games.

Todd Croce, the North Torrance Coach, says of Brown:

``He's as competitive as anybody. He had an ankle injury against Inglewood but there was no way he was coming off the field.''

SMC lost at College of the Canyons Saturday night, 65-31, giving up nine touchdowns. Canyons is now 3-1 and SMC 1-4. SMC will have a bye Saturday and will be home Oct. 20 against Moorpark...

Samohi pitcher/first baseman Sean Gowers was chosen to participate in the All-American Baseball Talent Showcase last weekend at UC Santa Barbara. It is one of 11 regional All-American sites being held nationwide from August through November. A panel of baseball professionals evaluate the players' performance. Reports are sent tol college coaches and pro scouts, and many participants receive a college scholarship...

Crossroads won a Delphic League girls volleyball match from Milken, 15-10, 15-4, 12-15, 15-10...

Redondo edged Samohi in girls golf, 207-236 (lowest score wins) despite Nikeda Cooks leading the Vikings with a 36 at the Penmar Golf Course. The Samohi girls came back with a victory over Ocean View as Cooks shot a 37...

Coach Calls Off Offensive; Samohi Still Wins, 64-6

By Mitch Chortkoff

``Sixty points is enough in a high school game. I just wanted it to end. I've been in their shoes during my career."

With those words Santa Monica High football coach Norm Lacy explained why he called off the Vikings' offensive attack in the second half Friday night against outmanned Morningside.

Imagine the possibilities. Samohi led at intermission, 55-0. It might have gained national attention by scoring 80 or more. Perhaps even 100.

But when the second half began at Corsair Field Samohi didn't throw another pass. A reserve offensive unit ground out one touchdown and late in the game there was a safety for a 64-0 lead. Then Samohi practically gave Morningside a touchdown by deciding not to punt deep in its own territory with two minutes left. Morningside stopped a run into the line, took over at the 20 and threw a pass for its only score.

``We have a lot of work to do,'' said Lacy, whose team beat Centennial the previous week 56-0. ``These are two teams in our league who are struggling. We step way up in competition next week.''

Samohi will travel to North Torrance Friday night in an Ocean League showdown game. Last season Samohi finished third in the league, losing to champion Inglewood and North Torrance.

``Last season North Torrance set a school rushing record and they did it on our field,'' said Lacy.

Samohi scored almost every time it had the ball in the first half against Morningside, which had lost to North Torrance the previous week, 44-0.

Samohi scored three touchdowns in the first 2:10.

Terrell Maze intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game. Samohi kicked off and Morningside fumbled the ball away on its first play. Then James Cooper threw the first of five touchdown passes, finding Charles Gordon on a 23-yard aerial. The conversion made it 14-0 after 31 seconds.

Morningside punted on its next possesion. Samohi took over on the visitors' 49-yard-line and Derrick Davis gained 36 yards on the first play. On the second Cooper threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gary.

There were two more touchdowns in the first quarter, a 12-yard pass from Cooper to Gordon and a three-yard run by Davis. On the latter TD the extra point kick was blocked, leaving the score after one quarter at 34-0.

Davis ran one yard for a second quarter touchdown, Cooper threw a 27-yard TD pass to tight end Josh Smith, who bowled over the final tackler, and Cooper threw a three-yard TD pass to Gary for a 55-0 lead with 1:28 left in the half.

Junior Ricky Johnson took over for Cooper at quarterback to start the second half and Adrian Gonzalez replaced Davis at running back. Fullback Taj Landis scored on a four-yard run midway through the third quarter but Samohi did nothing more than plug away on rushes into the middle of the line.

The final Viking points came when Morningside had a high snap on a punt attempt and the ball went out of the end zone.

``I was pleased with the play of our second unit,'' said Lacy. ``If we have close games coming up these guys might not get to play a lot. It was good experience for them.''

Samohi was without fullback Jesus Valdovinos, who might also miss next week's game. Lacy said there have been differing opinions among doctors whether Valdovinos had a concussion.

``We're going to be very cautious,'' said Lacy. ``I'll need three or four doctors to tell me he's cleared before I'll put him back in a game. This may be precautionary but it's the way we're going to go. We're not taking any chances.''

After losing its opener to Peninsula, 16-13, Samohi defeated Venice 48-27, then routed Centennial and Morningside. The Vikings have scored 168 points in the last three games.
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