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Culver City has added Paramount High to its schedule of non-conference opponents for the 2013 football season.
They replace West Adams who went winless in 2012 and was defeated by the Centaurs 51-0.
Paramount finished in a tie for first with Downey in the San Gabriel Valley League. The Pirates were 8-3 and lost in the first round of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs.
Culver City was 7-5 and advanced to the Division III quarterfinals last year.
The schedule of the upcoming football season is below. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise stated:
Former Venice High and USC running back Curtis McNeal was not selected in the recently completed 2013 NFL Draft but found a home as one of the fifteen rookie free agents signed by the Pittsburgh Steerlers this weekend.
The senior was viewed as a possible sixth or seventh round pick by some analysis despite his small 5’7, 190 lbs frame after impressing scouts during USC’s Pro Day, but his name went uncalled during Saturday’s third day of the draft.
McNeal saw little playing time until he broke through during his junior year with the Trojans by rushing for more than a 1,000 yards on the ground and was named the starter with four games left in the 2011 season after he ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-48 triple overtime loss to Stanford.
Two weeks later, McNeal followed up the performance with a than career-high 148 yards against Washington, including a 79-yard touchdown run.
Spliting playing time with Penn State transfer Silas Redd during his senior season, McNeal’s best effort came in back-to-back games in November with career-high 163 yards against Arizona State and 161 yards in a loss to crosstown rival UCLA.
During his time at Venice High, McNeal was one of the most dominate tailbacks in the Los Angeles City Section.
He was the LA City Offensive MVP during his senior year rushing for 1,400 yards on 136 carries with 19 TDs. As a junior, McNeal ran for 2,008 yards with 42 TDs.
University High defensive back David Amanfu has committed to Yale, according to his head coach Lee Lowe.
Amanfu had 81 tackles and two forced fumbles for the Wildcats in his senior year. University finished 3-8 overall and advanced to the LA City Division II playoffs.
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Venice High added a home game with Salesian High to their 2013 non-conference football schedule head coach Angelo Gasca announced yesterday.
Salesian replaces Sylmar whom the Gondoliers played in week 1 and in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs last year.
The Mustangs finished the 2012 season with a 11-2 record and advance to the Northeast Division semifinals before losing to Mission Prep 54-26.
The reason for the change was a desire not to face the same team three times in two years, Gasca said.
Other non-conference games for Venice are at Chaminade in week 0 along with road games at Dorsey and Garfield. The Gondoliers will also host Oaks Christian.
Sylmar was a late addition last year after a scheduling conflict led to the cancellation of their game with La Mesa Helix.
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Former Venice High football coach Bill Fairbanks has died it was announced by the school’s alumni association today.
Fairbanks was co-head football coach with Al Dellinger for a couple of seasons in the mid to late 70′s after longtime coach Frank Cullom resigned. He spent most of his 26 years at the school as an a the football and baseball teams.
Fairbanks also coached the Gondoliers’ golf team before retiring in 1996.
It is the second former Venice High coach to pass away this school year. Former football and baseball coach Kirk Alexander died last summer.
Santa Monica College offensive line coach David Banuelos was named the new head coach of Compton College football program, yesterday.
Banuelos has spent the last three seasons on the Corsairs sideline helping the team win back-to-back conference titles, an accomplishment not done in 30 previous years. One of his players, Moldova-born offensive tackle Alexandru Ceachir, earned a scholarship to UCLA in 2011.
This will not be the first time the St. Bernard alum has been in charge of a program. Banuelos had two stints as head coach at Pierce College in 1999-2000 and 2002-05. He has also been an offensive coordinator at LA Southwest, LA Valley and Santa Monica College.
The desire to lead his own team was too much for Banuelos to pass up.
Windward School’s Charles Dawson signed to play football at the University of San Diego, he announced earlier today on twitter.
The senior who played at running back and wide receiver scored 12 touchdowns for the Wildcats in their first year of playing 11-man football.
He finished the season with 548 yards on the ground and 303 yards receiving as Windward lost in the first round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs to San Dimas
Dawson combined for 47 touchdowns during his junior and senior years to help lead Windward to back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-man football titles.
The reason to go with USD was the comfort level with the coaching staff.
“They really made me feel wanted and showed a lot of love throughout the process,” said Dawson.
The University of San Diego football team is a Division I non-scholarship program. The finished the 2012 season co-champions of the Pioneer Football League with an 8-3 record.