Saints crush Westmark in first win in two years

Posted on 17. Oct, 2017 by in at risk youth, Christian high school, football, LCA News, Santa Monica

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One for the frame on the wall.

By Hosea Ashcraft, LCA sophomore –

A Hail Mary throw that Levi Photenhauer nabbed was the end of Westmark Lions on Friday as the Saints rampaged 72-22 to their first victory in two years..

The final score doesn’t represent the hard-fought competition between two league bottom dwellers. At half, the Saints were only winning 32-16, and after the kickoff, the Saints bungled plays and were driven back to their own 20. The Lions came out fighting, determined to snatch away the varsity football game.

Then Brandon Montes lofted the 60-yard pin-pointed ball as the speedy Photenhauer burned his defender. The mind-boggling catch and resulting touchdown were demoralizing, and the Lions lost their lion hearts. From that moment, the Saints steam-rolled.

Last year, LCA — with a mostly freshman team — didn’t get a single win. They were headed to the same dismal record this year until Friday.

santa-monica-christian-high-school-footballIn its last two games, the Santa Monica Christian school team didn’t seem to click. Against Corona Crossroads Christian, they fell apart late in the game after being up 15-6 in the fourth quarter. Then against Bloomington Christian School, it seemed that our quarterback was throwing passes to the other team. But the LCA 8-man football team worked Saturday.

“It was a great team effort,” chimed Coach Zach Scribner. “We won!! A new defense by Coach Lucas Moraida really worked. Brandon made great passes. Levi showed great speed. Howon Chun was rushing in. Justin Berry made a diving grab. Mosie and Josie Bowen did a great job blocking. This was the first team we were evenly matched with.”

santa-monica-college-prep-footballPhotonhauer, perhaps LCA’s most consistent player, scored three receiving touchdowns, made a kickoff return TD and garnered two 2-point conversions. The indefatigable sophomore ran over 300 total yards.

Whoa.

Also in the game, the jovial Brandon Farah — not the most fearsome player — got a sack, as did the Turkish tackler, Erhan Mehric, a soccer transplant.

santa-monica-college-preparatory-footballMontes seemed on fire. The West side private school quarterback ran for three touchdowns.

“Montes was calm in the pocket,” Garrett said. “He ran the ball when nobody was open. He didn’t throw any interceptions. He did a lot better because he was calm and he did what he was supposed to do. He was well-prepared.”

Garret made a punt return for a TD. Another touchdown was a catch and another, a run.

“It was a super good game. Everything went well,” Garrett said. “We worked really hard during the week. It was going to be in the Valley, so coaches made us run extra during practice because it was going to be hot. It was very exciting to win our first game. We made all of our blocks. On offense, we made very big holes for everybody to run through.”

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