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Normans Out To Even Their Record Against Santa Clarita Tonight (092608)

By Lee Barnathan
Having earned that important first win of the season, the Beverly High football team sets its sights on evening its record when it hosts West Ranch High of Santa Clarita tonight at 7.

Every week poses a new challenge for the Normans (1-2). This week’s tasks: either running the football against a team capable of stopping the run or having a stronger passing attack to compensate.

Beverly Hills’ ground game is at full strength with the return of Kenny Bassett. Bassett, a 5-feet-9 junior, rushed for 128 yards last week against Santa Barbara after injuring an ankle and being limited to just one carry against Long Beach Jordan. He has 29 rushes for 265 yards and a touchdown so far.

The Normans’ offensive line continues to dominate, and David Saedi and Brandon Bank continue to plow through, scoring nine of the team’s 10 touchdowns this season.

But Beverly Hills has yet to face a run-oriented defense, led by safety Trent Yokofich and linebacker Spencer Ortega. The Wildcats have seven new defensive starters.

So once again, the passing game might be a factor. Dex Lucci (a combined 21 of 54, 193 yards) lost his starting spot last week, then gained it back when Josh Newman broke his collarbone. If the 6-0 Lucci continues to struggle, coach Carter Paysinger said the third quarter back, 5-9 junior Jon Davidi or receiver/safety Erik Munzer might see time at quarterback.

    Defensively, West Ranch (1-1) likes to pass, and Beverly Highsuccessfully stopped Santa Barbara’s pass-happy attack with five interceptions, including three by Munzer. It will be up to the Wildcats to adjust with quarterback Jake Bernards and running back Ross Bacon. Bacon scored all touchdowns in last week’s 52-28 loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. The 6-5 Bernards’ favorite targets are Nick Mateus, Zak Snell and Frankie Madero.

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