Football: Normans Take Santa Monica Vikings 26-10
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: Inglewood..
…Next Up Tonight– Inglewood
See if this sounds familiar: Beverly Hills’ football team must find a way to stop a speedy, physical team capable of putting plenty of points on the board.
The Normans failed against Long Beach Jordan but succeeded against Ocean League foes Hawthorne and, to a greater extent, Santa Monica. Now comes Inglewood, tonight at 7 at Coleman Stadium in Inglewood.
The Sentinels (4-3, 2-0) are similar to Santa Monica in that they score plenty, having averaged 35.3 points in their last three games, which included 36-28 against Culver City and a 39-0 thrashing to Hawthorne. Santa Monica had averaged 33.5 points until Beverly Hills allowed a season-low 10.
However, Inglewood is more like Jordan in these ways: It has a Division I-caliber player and it has beaten Beverly Hills the last two years, 25-7 and 20-0.
The Normans thought the league title went through Santa Monica. It did. But it goes through Inglewood, too.
And it goes through Shaquelle Evans, a 6-feet-1, 201-pound senior safety/receiver. Normans coach Carter Paysinger said Evans is so good that Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis scouted Evans when Inglewood played Culver City.
In that game, Paysinger said, Evans ran a punt back for a touchdown and ran a reverse 80 yards for another score. Last year, Paysinger said, Evans returned a kickoff for a score.
Obviously, Beverly Hills wants no part of Evans, so it will be up to senior running back Marquis Gardner (5-6, 178), senior tight end Benson Mayowa (6-3, 194) and senior receiver James Grace (6-3, 200) to defeat the Normans.
And see if this also sounds familiar: The Normans need a decent game from quarterback Dex Lucci to open up the running game. Lucci, doing his best impression of New England quarterback Matt Cassel–not doing anything flashy but doing enough to win–has thrown for 780 yards (65 of 117) with three touchdowns and one interception.
But Lucci hasn’t faced a safety like Evans yet.
It likely Evans will cover Erik Munzer, who leads the Normans with 37 catches for 507 yards and two touchdowns, or 57 percent of Lucci’s completions and 65 percent of his yards. Munzer isn’t as fast as Evans, so other receivers, or running backs out of the backfield, must step up.
However, a successful Lucci opens things for Kenny Bassett, who has 103 carries for 843 yards, an average of eight yards per carry and eight touchdowns. David Saedi has nine touchdowns and 322 rushing yards on 60 carries. Brandon Bank has 180 yards and six touchdowns