Los Angeles Preps: Michael Bercovici

City Division I: No. 25 Carson 40, Taft 21

December, 3, 2010

CARSON -- Elijah Asante might want to make a stop at the dry cleaners before he walks into the Coliseum on Saturday.

It didn't matter that it was a chilly, foggy night, as Carson players doused their first-year coach after a 40-21 win over visiting Woodland Hills Taft on Friday. The top-seeded Colts clinched a spot in the City Section Division I championship game next Saturday against No. 2-seeded Crenshaw, a 63-12 winner over Venice in the other semifinal.

"I'm warm right now," Asante said with a wide smile. "This feels good."

Carson (11-2) led just 14-7 at the half before Tyrell Galloway recovered a botched snap on Taft's first punt and returned the ball 12 yards for the score. Tailback Dion Willis pushed the lead to 26-7 minutes later with a 37-yard score.

With the clock on their side, the Colts turned to the ground game in the second half. Quarterback Justin Alo made just two throws after halftime -- one went for a 48-yard touchdown to tight end Dominique Bierria, the other fell incomplete on the ensuing two-point try.

"Our running game was strong," Alo said. "I'm all for the team. Whatever gets us that W, I'm all for it."

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LA North: No. 12 Alemany 36, Taft 26

September, 24, 2010
MISSION HILLS -- Alemany's Saladin McCullough had one important responsibility during the waning moments of Friday's intersectional football game against visiting Woodland Hills Taft and that was to hold onto the ball.

Rest assured, the senior didn't fumble. In fact, he turned what was supposed to be a rather basic running play off the end into an exciting 24-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes left on the fourth quarter clock to essentially clinch a 36-26 victory over the Toreadors.

"I was trying to stay inbounds, chew up some clock, and there was no way I was going to cough up the ball in that situation, our coaches would've been all over me,'' McCullough said. "Once I saw the hole, I hit it and took off down the sideline. No one was going to catch me from behind.''

The highlight reel run by the determined McCullough gave Alemany (4-0), No. 12 in ESPNLosAngeles.com's Top 25 rankings, a 36-20 lead and all but ruined any hopes Taft (1-2) might have had at making a comeback.

The Warriors weren't satisfied with a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Accordingly, Jericho Richardson scooped a Taft fumble and returned it 52 yards for a score to extend the advantage to 30-20 with 10:52 left in the game.

Cisrow McClain scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late for Taft. The damage had already been done by Alemany, which came up with big play after big play.

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LA North: Quarterbacks set new passing marks

September, 23, 2010
Apparently Crespi quarterback Kenny Stenhouse wasn’t the only player breaking school records last week.

He was one of four high school quarterbacks who established new marks for passing yardage in a game.

Woodland Hills Taft quarterback Michael Bercovici threw for a school record 474 yards in his team’s 38-35 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. He broke Cory Dove’s 2001 record of 420 yards.

North Hollywood Campbell Hall’s R.J. Gordon threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns against Villanova Prep, breaking Matt Kaplan’s 373 passing yards in 2001. Campbell Hall beat Villanova Prep, 39-26.

Jake Gerringer threw for 482 yards and three touchdowns for Newbury Park in a 31-30 loss to Moorpark. Gerringer broke Rudy Carpenter’s 2002 record of 425 yards passing.

Stenhouse threw for 424 yards breaking the school record set by Brian Bennett in 2007. Stenhouse also broke the school record for most passes complete in a single game with 33 in his team’s 34-33 win over Clovis West.