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Santa Monica College's disappointing football season continued in a 28-25 Western State Conference loss to Moorpark Saturday night at Corsair Field. Moorpark is a perennial power that had been struggling this season and now has a 2-4 record.

SMC freshman quarterback Boomer Wells has done well following a slow start. He went into the game averaging 19 completions per game, second in the conference, and was completing 51 percent. SMC's Tremaine Mitchell was fourth in the conference in receptions with 28 and freshman Edward Robinson was SMC's leading ball carrier with 228 yards and a 4.8 average...

SMC is 1-5 and will be home Saturday night at 7 against Compton College...

St. Monica's two-game winning streak came to an end in a 42-32 non-league loss to Fairfax. The Mariners will be home (St. Bernard High) Saturday night against La Salle...

Former Santa Monica High and SMC running back John Tippins is taking advantage of an opportunity at Washington State, which shares the Pac-10 lead with UCLA and will host the Bruins in two weeks. Tippins, who stepped up when Washington State's leading rusher Dave Minnick suffered a knee injury by scoring two touchdowns in a win over Stanford, came back strong this weekend with two more touchdowns against Montana State. He gained 100 yards on 24 carries, doing his best work after losing a fumble early in the game that resulted in a Bobcat touchdown. Washington State has a 7-0 record...

John McMullen's SMC basketball squad is preparing for the season. The team participated in an off-season tournament at Fullerton College recently, losing to Fullerton 47-41 and Compton College 60-55. Richard Bluette, who came from New York to be the team's point guard as a freshman, is returning for his sophomore year...

The SMC womens' soccer team lost to Oxnard College, 5-1. Some key SMC players including Evelyn Figueroa, Layla Stein and Jamie Pettigrew have suffered injuries. Roberto Moreno is in his first season as the team's coach. He's a graduate of Loyola Marymount U...

Samohi Wins Again, Gets Powerful Inglewood Next

By Mitch Chortkoff

Although Santa Monica High's football team is rated No. 1 in Division 10 by the CIF it has been largely ignored by the Los Angeles Times' expanded prep sports section this season.

On Friday, when Samohi was preparing to play at El Segundo, the Times' featured piece was on Matt Engle, El Segundo's junior quarterback. The story emphasized that Engle had thrown 17 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Samohi Coach Norm Lacy didn't have to make a dramatic pre-game speech. The Vikings had plenty of incentive.

Before the first half ended Engle had thrown an interception --- a pass picked off by Charles Gordon. And Samohi had rolled to a 37-14 lead.

Samohi went on to a 44-14 Ocean League victory that sets up Friday's home game against Inglewood. If Samohi wins it will hold a commanding lead in the league race. If it loses there will be a logjam atop the standings with Samohi, Inglewood and North Torrance all having one loss.

``We had a goal to be the first one to get an interception against Engle,'' said Gordon. ``We know he's a great quarterback but our main focus was to shut him down.''

Santa Monica quarterback James Cooper outplayed Engle. Cooper threw three touchdown passes, two to Gordon, and went 11 of 14 for 198 yards.

Engle was 14 of 28 for 206. Samohi almost had two other interceptions but defenders dropped the ball. The previous week Engle completed 30 passes against Torrance.

Gordon caught 10 passes for 205 yards.

Samohi is now 5-1, winning every game since losing its opener at Peninsula. The record is 4-0 in league play.

Tailback Derrick Davis scored three touchdowns, all on short runs. He carried 21 times for 70 yards.

``We had different coverages,'' said Samohi coach Norm Lacy ``We were able to put good pressure on their quarterback.''

Davis, who normally plays defense, did not. He was fresh for offense as a result.

Samohi scored first, going 69 yards in nine plays on its opening drive. A 13-yard pass from Cooper to Gordon put the ball on the three and Davis went on.

The lead quickly disappeared when Engle found Bobby Sommers on an 80- yard TD completion. It was 7-7 and looked like it could be a wild, high-scoring game.

But Samohi silenced an overflow Homecoming crowd by scoring the next 30 points. Davis scored from one-yard out, Scot Lent made a 23-yard field goal, Cooper throw a 40-yard TD pass to Gordon, Davis scored again from one-yard out and Cooper connected with Terrell Maze on a 13-yard TD aerial. All but one of the extra point attempts was good.

Maze was sensational on kick returns, giving Samohi excellent field position several times.

Last season Samohi lost to Inglewood and North Torrance. This season it has won at North Torrance. A large crowd is expected at Corsair Field for the appearance of Inglewood.

Lamar Ferguson, the speedy wingback who led the way for Inglewood last season, is now at San Jose State. But the Sentinels have overpowed most opponents with some Division 1 line prospects and other quality backs.
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