Football: Top-seed Hamilton sluggish in opening round win over Cleveland

A week after winning their first league title in more than 30 years and earning the top seed in the Division II playoffs, it was surprising to see Hamilton trailing against 16th-seed Cleveland late in the first half.
However, the Yankees shook off any thoughts of an upset by scoring three touchdowns in a three minute span to easily advance with a 27-8 victory Friday afternoon.

Football Roundup: University wins first playoff game in seven years

University made their first playoff win in seven years look easy in a 37-0 victory over Grant at Venice High’s Watson Field on Friday.
Tyrone Nelson had 212 yards on the ground including a pair of touchdowns in the second half from five and 20 yards.
University scored on a safety to take a 2-0 lead, that was followed by a 20-yard touchdown catch by Eugene Ford.

Football Roundup: Interceptions key in Hamilton’s win over University; Fairfax gets first home win

Hamilton’s Jericho Flowers knew that a victory against University would keep the Yankees on top of the Western League standings and had a simple message for the rest of the conference on Friday afternoon.
“We wanted to beat the team that beat Venice,” Flowers said.
That is exactly what happened as Hamilton had two key interceptions deep in their own territory to kill potential go-ahead scores by University in a 19-13 victory to take sole possession of first place in the conference.

Football: Beverly Hills loses late lead to Hawthorne; still winless in league

Beverly Hills running back Rashad Ysaquirre 36-yard blast up the middle gave the Normans a 23-19 lead in the fourth quarter but Hawthorne scored 21 unanswered points to beat Beverly Hills 40-30.
The Normans led twice in the game but the defense could not hold on as Hawthorne (3-4, 1-1 Ocean League) running back Paris McDaniel ran for 149 yards and five touchdowns.

Football: Santa Monica’s late penalty leads to Lawndale’s game-winning TD as time expires

A roughing the passing penalty on Santa Monica after Lawndale‘s desperate hail mary fell incomplete as time expired proved deadly for the Vikings.
That gave the Cardinals one more untamed play and Lawndale did not let the second chance slip away. Quarterback Chris Murray pass was caught by Jalen Walker for a game-winning 10-yard touchdown as Santa Monica suffered a heartbreaking 20-19 loss on the road.

Football: Big games today could determine race for the Western League title; Brentwood starts tough league slate

It was suppose to be the biggest game of the westside this season. In front of Time Warner Cable’s television camera, fans were going to see if Palisades could end Venice‘s longtime conference winning streak.
That was until University pulled off the upset last week ending the Gondoliers streak at 43 games.
Now Palisades is viewed as the frontrunner for the Western League title and a win over Venice could put the Gondoliers at a surprising 0-2 league start.

JC Basketball: SMC post flyer for open tryouts; earns head coach Jenkins one-game suspension

Posting a flyer for open tryouts to a team is usually used by high schools and four-year universities to find hidden talent on campus. However for Santa Monica College men’s basketball head coach Jerome Jenkins, that benign act earned him a one-game suspension for illegal recruiting.
Under California Community College Athletic Association bylaws, open tryouts are not one of the nine permissible ways for coaches to recruit student athletics.

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