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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Santa Monica College's disappointing football season continued in a 24-23 Western State Conference loss to Compton College Saturday night at Corsair Field. An 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Oladon Haight gave SMC a 23-6 lead in the third quarter but Compton scored the final 18 points of the game on three touchdowns. Each time it missed a two-point conversion try.

SMC drove toward a possible winning score but with three seconds left Jay Mandler missed a 31-yard field goal, leaving SMC with a 1-6 record and assuring Coach Robert Taylor's team of having a losing season...

St. Monica won a Camino Real League football game from LaSalle Friday night at St. Bernard High, 28-21...

Forward Jon Folonis, Santa Monica High's leading scorer last season, is on the basketball roster at UC Riverside but probably will redshirt this season. He's 6-foot-7 with skills but needs to get stronger...

Forward Pablo Dressie, who is 6-5 and was all-league last season, will lead this season's Samohi basketball team which begins practice Nov. 10. A newcomer to the team is 6-7 Charles Stokes, who could be the starting center. He's the brother of Ed Stokes, who played at St. Bernard High and went on to Arizona and then to the NBA. Coach James Hecht says the younger Stokes has played only a couple of varsity games and needs experience...

The Santa Monica College womens' volleyball team lost to Citrus College, 30-23, 20-30, 30-21, 30-20. Aleayh Etebari and Lauren Nazari played well for the Lady Corsairs...

The outcome was better for the Samohi womens' soccer team against Citrus with a 4-2 victory. SMC's Jessica Wilbourne scored the game's first goal. Citrus scored the next two but Samohi came back in the second half.

Samohi Misses Opportunity, May Need Tiebreaker Help

By Mitch Chortkoff

Santa Monica High had a chance to win the Ocean League football championship outright Friday night. But by the end of the evening Coach Norm Lacy was reminding people that when he guided St. Monica to a CIF championship three years ago it was as a third place team.

It isn't definite Samohi will enter this season's playoffs as a third place team. But the possiblity exists following a 30-12 loss to Inglewood at Corsair Field.

It's likely that Samohi, Inglewood and North Torrance will tie for the league title. Tiebreaker procedures will determine the order for the playoffs.

Samohi defeated North Torrance and was eyeing an undefeated league record. But the hopes ended when the Vikings were dominated by Inglewood.

Samohi couldn't overcome five turnovers, including three interceptions.

Most teams try to take away the opponent's running game but Inglewood had a different approach. The Sentinels took away the passing game by double-teaming Charles Gordon and Terrell Maze, taking advantage of the fact Samohi was without its other star receiver, Chris Gary, because of a broken finger. Gordon caught eight passes but none of the breakaway variety after getting one for 55 yards and game's first touchdown.

Samohi was also without tackle Chris Price and middle linebacker Peter Roses. Both key players were suspended for the game under automatic CIF rules for fighting in last week's contest against El Segundo. The fight came late in the game with Samohi 30 points ahead.

Samohi has been in the Ocean League two years and in both seasons it has lost to Inglewood, which was the league champion last season and went to the finals of the Division 10 playoffs before losing to Paso Robles.

``We got away from what we do best,'' said Lacy. ``They were double-covering Charles Gordon and we were overzealous in trying to get the ball to him. And don't lose sight of the fact Inglewood has some great players.''

Lacy admitted that he and his staff under-rated Inglewood's passing game. Inglewood runs from a double wing-T formation that features running. But with Samohi geared to stop the run, Inglewood quarterback Nathan Beavers completed some long aerials.

The game's turning point came just before halftime. Samohi trailed, 8-6, and was driving toward a possible field goal. But when the Vikings were within field goal range at the 13 with 1:10 remaining they didn't stay on the ground and get a little closer. Quarterback James Cooper was sacked for an 11-yard loss, then he threw an interception. Not only didn't Samohi score but Beavers hit on a 59-yard pass to Renaldo Davis and Inglewood went into intermission with a 16-6 lead.

A long third quarter drive to a TD enabled Inglewood to improve the lead to 23-6, and the outcome was determined.

The Jackson brothers, both 6-5, 250, dominated line play for Inglewood. Their ability to control Samohi tailback Derrick Davis allowed the Sentinels to use other players to smother Samohi's receivers. Davis had 85 yards, far below his average.

``Big plays and turnovers decided the game,'' said Lacy.

Samohi has a 5-2 record going into this Friday's Homecoming game against Torrance. Kickoff at Corsair Field is at 7 p.m., with Price and Roses scheduled to return.

Since North Torrance defeated Inglewood, it's likely all three teams will complete the league schedule with one defeat.

Last season, as a third place team, Samohi won one playoff game before losing in the second round.
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