Palos Verdes runs over Costa in football showdown; Redondo wins third straight
By Randy Angel
Following a tough non-league schedule, Palos Verdes got off to a quick start in Bay League competition by dominating Mira Costa as the Sea Kings look to win their eighth straight league title.
After suffering losses to Corona del Mar (No. 2, Div. 4), Narbonne (No. 1, LA City) and Madison of San Diego (No. 8, San Diego Section), Palos Verdes has rebounded to win its last three contests.
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Palos Verdes (3-3) relied on its ground game to manhandle host Mira Costa (2-4) for a 42-18 victory. The Sea Kings began the week ranked No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 poll.
Junior running back Ryan Wilson led the charge rushing for 169 yards and four touchdowns. Ben Davidson and Luka Kielbasa rushed for one touchdown apiece in the victory.
Trailing 14-0, Mira Costa got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when quarterback Nick Carpino hit Brody McKinnon with an 8-yard touchdown pass.
Trailing 28-6 in the third quarter, McKinnon scored again on a 73-yard reception before PV extended the lead to 35-12 on Wilson’s 72-yard run and the Sea Kings never looked back.
McKinnon led Mira Costa with six receptions for 200 yards and Carpino threw for 267 yards.
Mira Costa has a 3 p.m. game at Peninsula (4-2) on Friday. The Panthers are coming off a 19-6 victory over Leuzinger.
Peninsula is led by quarterback Ethan Gretzinger (31-of-67, 569 yards), running back Mason O’Connor (463 yards, 5 TDs) and receiver John Skoblar (10 receptions,181 yards).
Redondo rolls on
Redondo (3-3) will play at Leuzinger (3-3) Friday after routing Centennial 48-0 in its league opener.
“All three phases of the team played well, and it was great to see all our boys get a chance to play, too,” Redondo coach Matt Ballard said. “We have much respect to the young men from Compton Centennial for playing hard the entire game, with composure and sportsmanship. We’ve taken some significant loses too, so it’s important we never take things for granted, and keep working to always improve.”
Senior DJ Wingfield was named Redondo’s Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Players of the Game were junior defensive back Lance Brugma and sophomore linebacker Alex Wunderli. Sophomore kicker Robert Baker won Special Teams honors and senior Fullback/defensive end Tim Ludwig was the Scout “Eager Beaver” Player of the Week.