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Even with Harvard-Westlake’s Derrick Newton out, St. Bernard had difficulty defending the paint and rebounding in their 64-52 loss Tuesday night in the Jim Nakabara Classic at University High.
St. Bernard head coach Mitch Runco wasn’t pleased with his team’s defensive performance.
“I thought this was as bad a defense as we’ve played all year,” Runco said.
The Wolverines’ Alex Copeland gashed a weak Viking interior, frequently dashing by defenders on his way to an easy lay-up. So Runco tried doubling the junior guard, which proved to be of no effect, as he passed to open teammates for jump shots. Copeland stepped up in Newton’s absence and finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
University had blown two double-figure lead in the game, but all of that was forgotten when Christopher Tafoya jumper with 30 seconds left help them beat St. Bernard 60-59 in the opening day of the Jim Nakabara Classic.
Terrence Powell tip in gave St. Bernard a late lead until Tafoya drilled a wide-open jumper near the free throw line for the game-winning shot.
That basket was the only one Tafoya made in the second half. He finished with 12 points.
The scores for Friday, September 27th westside high school football games are below.
LA City Section:
Fairfax 34, Taft 33
Westchester 25, Hollywood 6
Palisades 27, Granada Hills 7
University 51, Gardena 33
It wasn’t a bad start for the Vikings, dominating from start to finish in their season opener at home against Hawkins 52-7, on Thursday night.
It was a new experience for both teams, Hawkins recently left eight-man football to compete with the rest of the local high schools in 11-man and the Vikings were coming back from a cancelled season due to a lack of students.
The home team looked flawless from the start taking a 39-7 lead into halftime. Running back Kyle Harris scored the Vikings first touchdown with a one-yard run, and the route was on. Harris finished the game with 108 rushing yards and a touchdown.
St. Bernard was anxious to take the field after a long summer of hearing negative talk and how the team wouldn’t be competitive coming off their cancelled season.
High school football kicks off tonight with the following westside teams in action. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
LA CITY SECTION
St. Bernard’s varsity football program is back.
Last season, the summer drama started with the sudden resignation of then head coach Larry Muno after an undefeated regular season, and then turned into a series of accusations and player defections. By the time it was all over, the school felt it had no choice but to drop the varsity program due to lack of players.
Many on the team were looking forward to defending their Del Rey League title found the news devastating.
“I didn’t really know how to handle it,” senior Aaron Berry said “It hit me kind of hard because I did want to play varsity my junior year.”
Despite not having a varsity team for the season, the school still had its junior varsity squad. Under new head coach John Bibb, the former league champions seem poised to reclaim their throne as best in the conference.
St Bernard made a last minute change to their schedule when they added the LA City Section’s Marquez of Huntington Park for an October 11th road contest. The Vikings were notified last night that Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo wished to cancel their September 2oth game which will now be a bye week for St. Bernard.
Westchester finally seemed to have locked down a ten-game schedule when they signed a home-and-home agreement with North Hollywood yesterday, after the Scotts Valley backed out of a tentatively scheduled week five contest on Wednesday.
The matchup will take place on October 4th.