LA South: Five things from the weekend

November, 8, 2010
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1. Halloween is long gone, but Serra got a big scare last Friday. Serra, ranked No. 5 by ESPNLA.com, scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat previously unbeaten No. 24 Chaminade (8-1, 3-1), 35-21, in West Hills. Quarterback Conner Preston finished 11 of 18 for 298 yards, with Marqise Lee and George Farmer combining for 265 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions. It was touted as Serra's (9-0, 4-0) biggest obstacle of the season -- and the Cavaliers responded when they had to. Click here for ESPNLA.com's game story.

2. Speaking of scares, Carson survived one against San Pedro on Friday, nearly blowing a 24-0 first-half lead before hanging on to claim the Marine League title. The Colts scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, then went cold. A Nestor Lorente field goal gave Carson a 24-0 lead in the first half, but San Pedro eventually pulled to within five with almost six minutes left in the game. Carson (7-2, 5-0) got another Lorente field goal and got the necessary defensive stand to escape.

3. Facing the No. 3-ranked team in the Southeast Division didn't matter for West Covina on Friday. It was more of the same -- powerful run game, takeaways and stout defensive play -- en route to a 41-10 win for the No. 1 Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0) against Diamond Ranch (5-4, 4-1). West Covina's victory secured the Hacienda League title and most likely, a No. 1 seeding for the playoffs. Elsewhere in the same division, No. 4 La Mirada rallied against No. 7 Norwalk to win 40-29 and take control of the Suburban League. A win over Bellflower (5-4, 2-3) next week would crown La Mirada (6-3, 5-0) as league champs.

4. Who says Southern California football can't draw Texas-sized crowds? Twenty thousand showed up at East L.A. College for the annual East Los Angeles Classic between Garfield and Roosevelt on Friday. Garfield won a defensive struggle, 13-3, behind 173 yards rushing from Lance Fernandez. Click here for ESPNLA.com's game story.

5. Torrance High won the CIF-Southern Section Ford girls' golf championship at Western Hills Country Club in Chino HIlls on Thursday, edging Cerritos by a stroke, 392-393. Samantha Martin (73) and Michele Chun (78) led Torrance to its third straight title. Beverly Vatananugulkit (73) paced Cerritos. Both teams advanced to Wednesday's CIF Southern California Regional Championships, where the top three teams will move on to the CIF State Championship.

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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