Los Angeles Preps: Angelo Gasca

No. 8 Bishop Amat 38, Venice 35

October, 6, 2011

VENICE -- Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty trusted the process, which included giving Jalen Moore his carries. And more carries. And then some more.

The senior tailback rushed for 214 yards in a whopping 38 carries Friday night, scoring three touchdowns to help the Bishop Amat Lancers fend off a pesky Venice team, 38-35. Moore's final score gave Amat a 10-point lead with 2:11 to go. It took Venice only 52 seconds to respond, with standout receiver Gabriel Marks hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it a three-point game.

The Lancers covered up the onside kick and Moore, rather fittingly, milked the clock with a handful of bruising runs.

When informed that he had 38 carries on the night, Moore's eyes got big.

"I like that. No, I love that," he said.

Hagerty did too.

"Gosh," Hagerty said. "I just know he runs the ball hard. He's our guy, I guess. He always comes up big for us. Thank God we have him."

Amat (5-1), the No. 8 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings, was in trouble when it trailed 21-7 late in the first half. Marks, verbally committed to play at Southern Methodist, lined up behind center, in the wildcat formation, and blew through a hole for a scintillating 89-yard score that gave the Gondoliers (1-4) a two-touchdown edge.

The large Amat crowd was silent but it was as close as Venice got to the upset.

Moore scored from five yards out with 36 seconds remaining in the first half to give his team momentum heading into the locker room. Receiver Adam Sanchez tied it, 21-21, early in the third quarter on his second reverse run of the game.

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LA North: Games of the week

September, 7, 2011
Chaminade football coach Ed Croson doesn’t schedule any easy games for his team. Friday night’s opener against Venice is no different.

Venice reached the semifnals of the CIF City Section Division I playoffs last season and lost to eventual champion Crenshaw.

The Gondoliers opened their season with an impressive, come-from-behind, 34-27 win over Harvard-Westlake. Croson said Venice will be a good test for his team to open the season at Chaminade High School at 7:30 p.m.

“They’re one of the top four teams in the City Section year in and year out,” Croson said. “They’ve always got talent. What they lack in discipline, they make up for in speed.”

The big question at Venice is who will start at quarterback. Senior Dean Sarabia started at quarterback against Harvard-Westlake, but when Venice was down 21-0, coach Angelo Gasca put in sophomore Alexander Diamont. He rallied his team to tie the score at 27-27 before engineering the winning drive in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Croson said the Venice players have a history of never giving up, and he credits the coaching staff for instilling that quality.

“They have to play every play,” Croson said. “Playing every play, there’s something to be said for that. And they’re tough kids.”

Chaminade, ranked No. 19 in this week's ESPNLA Top 25 rankings, has no questions at quarterback. Senior Logan Scott will start. He passed for 1,409 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 267 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown.

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