Mira Costa and Redondo look to enjoy their first winnings streaks of the season on Friday after both teams won their Bay League openers in convincing fashion last week.
Suffering through a non-productive non-league schedule, Mira Costa’s offense came alive in a 30-28 home victory over West thanks so an unforeseen source.
Running back Brandon Edmond, who had carried the ball only nine times for 40 yards this season, ran wild against the Warrior defense amassing 390 yards and two touchdowns on 27 rushing attempts.
Mira Costa must have had a feeling of déjà vu after West jumped out to a 7-0 lead and the Mustangs, who have scored only three first-quarter points this season, were once again kept off the board in the opening frame.
But head coach Don Morrow’s squad remained in the game trailing 14-13 at halftime thanks to two Gavin Jerrigan field goals of 31 and 25 yards that sandwiched a 55-yard touchdown run by Edmond.
In the third quarter, a 1-yard scoring run by Josh Querbash gave Mira Costa its first lead of the game which was followed by a Jerrigan 25-yard field goal.
Edmond completed the scoring for the Mustangs with a 34-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Mira Costa (2-4, 1-0) will hold its Homecoming game Friday when league favorite Palos Verdes (4-2, 1-0) invades Waller Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest.
Palos Verdes annihilated winless Leuzinger 62-0 in the league opener for both teams with nine different players scoring touchdowns in the rout.
Palos Verdes, which has multiple weapons including strong special team units, is led by quarterback Zack Fixen (6-0, 175).
Fixan’s favorite targets are Donovan Ward (6-0, 180), Dean Alessi (6-2, 185) and Robby Kolanz (6-0, 180) while running backs Salvatore Vitale (5-9, 180) and Zach Henkhaus (5-8, 165) provide a balanced attack.
Tight end Matt Costa (6-3, 210) and lineman Chase Eldredge (6-4, 260) are senior captains who anchor the lines on both sides of the ball.
Redondo made the most of its Homecoming game last Friday with a 16-6 victory over the Peninsula. The Sea Hawk defense held its own against a physical Peninsula team holding the Panther’s running game to 70 yards and Okuoma Idah, the team’s leading rusher, to 60 yards on 20 carries.
While the Redondo alumni were celebrating their visit to Sea Hawk Bowl, all-league linebacker Ryan Spiwak was enjoying his return to the offensive backfield after a hamstring injury limited the team’s leading rusher from a year ago to the defensive side of the ball.
Spiwak made the most of his three carries, gaining 57 yards including a 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Redondo amassed 216 yards on the ground and was led by Anthony Philyaw who rushed for 77 yards on 12 carries. Deon Williams added 42 yards on 11 attempts and quarterback Harrison Faecher completed 6-of-14 passes for 84 and one touchdown.
The Sea Hawks jumped out to an early lead, scoring on their first drive of the game when Christian Fernandez hauled in a 31-yard pass from Faecher.
Hunter Bradshaw added a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter before Spiwak scored in the third.
Redondo’s Will Allagoa came up with a key interception with 2:57 remaining in regulation, preventing a second straight comeback by Peninsula and Tony Bumatay, who nailed a 52-yard field goal at the buzzer to beat South the week before.
Redondo (2-4, 1-0) will travel down the road to face West (4-2, 0-1) Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
West is led by two-way standout Joey Notch (5-10, 185). The junior quarterback has passed for 1,330 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions this season, including a 25-for-44, 224-yard, 4-touchdown performance against Mira Costa last week.
Notch utilizes athletic receivers with Nick Roos (5-9, 170) and tight end Matthew Boesen (6-3, 210) his favorite targets. Roos had touchdown catches of 10, 13 and five yards in the Warrior’s loss to the Mustangs.
Senior Phil Kang (5-11, 230), along with juniors Mohammed Faghi (6-1, 245) and Tommy Oslund (6-2, 265), lead the offensive line which paves the way for running back Barry Thomas (5-10, 195), who rushed for 62 yards in 12 attempts last week.