Leuzinger pulls through at end

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first_imgFrom staff reports Two touchdown drives in the final three minutes lifted Leuzinger to a 16-13 nonleague win over visiting Schurr Friday night. Glynn Toliver’s 6-yard scoring pass to Semaj Harris with 44.8 seconds left capped the comeback for the Olympians. With 2:40 left, Leuzinger drove from its 25-yard line and scored on a 5-yard pass from Toliver to senior receiver Justin Kemp, making the score 13-10. “We just didn’t show up in the first three quarters,” offensive coordinator Derwin Henderson said. “It took the last four minutes for us to win which does show that our team has heart.” In the third quarter, Schurr took a 7-3 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run by Michael Rabon. The Olympians continued pushing their offense but failed to score despite being in the red zone six times. “We turned over the ball six times,” Henderson said. “We can’t let that happen if we expect to win games.” Schurr’s second touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Leuzinger fullback Uona Kaveinga fumbled at the 10-yard line and defensive back Jonathan Palomino picked up the ball and returned it for a 90-yard touchdown making, it 13-3. Toliver completed 18 of 32 passes for 335 yards, while the running game recorded 154 yards on 27 carries. – Christian Vasquez Peninsula wins thriller After three heartbreaking defeats by a combined 17 points, Peninsula bounced back to rally for a 25-21 nonleague victory over Bell Gardens on the road. “It feels good to go into Bay League with a win. Now we are hungry for more wins,” Peninsula quarterback Gideon Duran said. “If we execute, we will do well.” Peninsula converted on fourth down twice and Paul Stenson scored on a 10-yard run with 5:48 left to give the Panthers (2-3) a 25-21 lead after trailing by 21-10. Peninsula had pulled itself back into the game on a 66-yard scoring pass from Duran to Eric Stevens on second-and-28. Ryan Solomon rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries and had three receptions for 34 yards to lead Peninsula. Bell Gardens (3-2) drove the ball to the Peninsula 31. On fourth-and-11 with 1:38 remaining, Bell Gardens completed a pass but defensive back Kevin Hawke stopped the receiver 4 yards short of the first down. – Kent Johnson El Segundo gets its kicks Things started on the wrong foot for Bishop Montgomery when the Knights attempted an onside kickoff to open the game. The ball was caught in midair by El Segundo’s Matt Ash and returned 50 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 34-6 win at Montgomery. El Segundo recovered Ashton Pittman’s fumble on the next kickoff and jumped out to a 14?0 lead in the nonleague game. Behind the passing of sophomore quarterback Mike Bundy (7- of-16, 113 yards and a touchdown) and Gage Morteson’s two rushing touchdowns, the Eagles (3-2) had a 28?0 lead at halftime. They added another on their first possession of the third quarter when Kody Davis broke off a 36-yard run to the 4 on his first carry of the night. On the next play he took it into the end zone. Bishop Montgomery was plagued by penalties, fumbles, and one big interception, which came when the Knights when they had a first down at the El Segundo 5-yard line when it was 14-0. Quarterback Brian Cabanas’ pass was deflected in the end zone and was intercepted by Jason Stone, ending the threat. The Knights finally got on the scoreboard with an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive capped by a 7-yard run by Quinton Howard. Howard was a workhorse for Bishop Montgomery (0-5), carrying 24 times for 86 yards. El Segundo’s defense was led by Morteson and linebacker Kyle Yatabe as the Eagles kept the Knights offense in check. – Tim Warneke St. Bernard rolls Ryan Simpson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead St. Bernard to a 34-0 nonleague win over visiting Verbum Dei. Gregory finished with 77 yards on seven attempts and a touchdown for the Vikings (2-3). Adam Long came out after halftime and burned the Eagles (1-4) with 63 yards on 11 attempts with a touchdown. Ryan Richard came in and finished off the running attack getting 65 yards on 8 attempts. Overall the Vikings racked up 285 yards rushing and 330 total yards. Long was all over the field on defense. The Vikings had two big defensive stops as the Eagles got inside the red zone but were stopped on downs. The Eagles had 72 yards on penalties. – Mike Gallo Gardena falls on road Johnny Olive and Nick Gordon were a combination of Thunder and Lightning in host Huntington Beach’s 25-18 victory over visiting Gardena in a nonleague game. Olive, 235 pounds, powered for 131 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. Gordon, 170 pounds, slashed and darted for 108 yards on 21 carries and a score as the Oilers (3-2) rushed for 319 yards as a team to control the clock. Bobby Duarte passed for 68 yards and his lone touchdown pass to Derek Romo with 5:47 left in the game put the game away. – From staff reports Run game lifts LawnRun game lifts Lawndale Trayveon Thomas scored on a 48-yard run only 20 seconds into the game to lift Lawndale to a 27-6 nonleague win over visiting Bolsa Grande. It took the Cardinals (4-1) only eight plays on their next possession to score again, this time on a 25-yard run by Kevin Rutledge on fourth-and-7. Bolsa Grande (2-3) started the second half by driving to the Lawndale 15-yard line, but the Cardinals held by forcing two incomplete passes. On the next drive Jabari Lewis got behind the Matadors secondary to haul in a 61-yard scoring pass from Kenny Lewis, the Cardinals’ only complete pass of the evening, for a 21-0 lead. TJ Vanderbilt picked off his second pass of the night in the fourth quarter, returning it 40 yards. Thomas then capped Lawndale’s scoring with a 15-yard touchdown. Bolsa Grande avoided a shutout by scoring on its final drive. Lawndale won its fourth straight game heading into Pioneer League play. Thomas gained 148 yards on 12 carries, with Carlton Callaway getting 96 on eight carries, and Rutledge gaining 75 on nine carries. – Bob Cody Miscues hurt Westchester Valencia quarterback Graham Wilbert managed to capitalize on three Westchester turnovers to lead the Vikings to a 35-6 win at Westchester. Wilbert went 8-for-31 for 79 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown in the first quarter and ran for one in the third for Valencia. On the other side of the ball, Westchester (2-3) operated out of a two-quarterback system. Herman Evans and Chris Jacobs went a combined 17-for-28 for 110 yards, three interceptions and a fumble. Valencia (3-2) jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter when wide receiver Zach Tartabull found Wilbert in the end zone for 41-yard flea-flicker touchdown. The Vikings would then capitalize on the sluggish Comets and add two more touchdowns before halftime. On their first drive of the second half, Jacobs ran the ball in from 27 yards out to bring the Comets within two touchdowns, but the Vikings defense took over from there, highlighted by two Mike Davis interceptions. – Derrick Deane Mary Star run down Running back Sunako Semi rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Peter Ciaramitaro passed for 120 yards, but Mary Star dropped a 32-20 nonleague decision to visiting Santa Clara. Cierre Wood rushed for 200 yards and scored on runs of 60, 70 and 20 yards in the fourth quarter for Santa Clara (3-1-1). The game was scoreless at halftime. Mary Star running back Brian Bornemann had to step in at quarterback when Ciaramitaro was injured in the fourth quarter and connected with Troy Fiamengo for a 50-yard touchdown pass. – Vince Barner160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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