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Normans Take Santa Monica In 26-10 Win

Santa Monica had come into its game against Beverly Hills having scored plenty of points, and the Vikings took a 10-0 lead early.

It looked like a long game for the Normans, until one realizes the final score was 26-10 Beverly Hills.

Plenty of things went right as the Normans (5-2, 2-0 Ocean League) won their fifth consecutive game. The defense stopped defending champion Santa Monica’s running attack, causing the Vikings to pass, which wasn’t going to be successful considering there were 13 players listed as running back or fullback.

Plus, Beverly Hills defends the pass well. Normans sophomore Greg Townsend caused and recovered a fumble that led to the team’s first score. He has the pedigree – his namesake father played in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the Beverly Hills offense continued to roll. Kenny Bassett rushed 23 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Dex Lucci completed 15 of 22 passes for a season-high 187 yards and a touchdown plus an interception that led to Santa Monica’s touchdown; and Erik Munzer threw a 66-yard TD pass to Daniel Bradbury on a trick play that gave Beverly Hills a lead it did not relinquish.

“It was a big win, a huge win,” coach Carter Paysinger said. “For us, the kids played well and the staff did a good job preparing.”

The defending champion has been defeated. Next up: Another undefeated-in-league team: Ingle-wood.

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