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Normans Celebrate Comeback Victory Over Dons, 37-28

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Beverly Hills football coach Carter Paysinger has said his teams traditionally defend against the pass well. He can’t recall a time the Normans intercepted five passes.

Against a Santa Barbara team that threw on almost every down, Erik Munzer picked off three passes, and the running game continued chugging along as the Normans won their first game of the season, 37-28, against the visiting Dons.

The first victory is always special, Paysinger said, and the players were excited after improving to 1-2 and keeping the Dons (0-2) winless.

“The first win of every season is a key win, just for the confidence builder and to solidify what we’re doing in practice,” Paysinger said.

The Normans intercepted five passes in all and overcame 14-0 and 21-7 first-half deficits. Greg Townsend’s interception led to a David Saedi 1-yard touchdown run and a 21-14 halftime deficit. Earlier, Brandon Bank had put the Normans on the board with a 3-yard run.

Kenny Bassett re-turned for an ankle injury to rush 24 times for 128 yards. Saedi rushed 20 times for 75 yards and three scoring runs of three yards or less, and Bank scored twice in his four rushes.

The passing game continued to struggle. Sophomore Josh New-man, making his first start, completed 8 of 17 passes for 120 yards before breaking his collarbone. He could be out as little as six weeks, Pay-singer said, or his season could be finished.

Dex Lucci, who started the first two games, was 4 of 12 for 24 yards.

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