By Lenny Miller

Redondo stars shine in first Bay League win, Costa next

by Lenny Miller

Redondo quarterback Keith Ellison had a hand in each of Redondo's five touchdowns last Friday night, leading the Sea Hawks to their first Bay League victory at Culver City. Displaying his versatility, Ellison ran for three touchdown and passed for two.

The Sea Hawks incorporated the option offense, allowing Redondo's premier players to excel. With shifty running back Thomas Brown in the backfield to pitch to, along with the option of Ellison keeping the ball, the Centaurs had a tough time containing the two.

"They have to pick their poison," said Brown.

Early on, neither team could get much going. With penalties hampering the first quarter, it was in the second where Thomas Brown came into play, following a Centaur touchdown. Using less than two minutes to respond, the Sea Hawk drive went 71 yards to score, highlighted by a 50 yard run from Brown. This set-up a 12 yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Lacey from Ellison, tying the game at 7-7.

In the first half Brown got things going for the Sea Hawks. Using both his running and receiving abilities, the junior running back caught a 16 yard touchdown pass from Ellison to put Redondo ahead. The senior quarterback’s second pass for a touchdown gave Redondo a 14-7 lead at the half.

Starting off by saying "team emphasis," Ellison added to that, commenting on his and Brown’s role to the team. "They are just gonna follow me and Thomas, we gotta lead them." Brown scored one touchdown and set up another.

"We gotta go out there and play at the top of our game, every game," said Ellison.

The Sea Hawks came out strong defensively to start the second half. They shut down the Centaur offense in the third quarter. Then, set-up by a key catch from Brown on a third down, Ellison punched in his first rushing touchdown of the game from 1 yard out.

Brown went back to the ground attack, starting the fourth quarter with a 20 yard run. A personal foul on the play gave Redondo the ball on the seven yard line. On the next play Ellison kept the ball on the option, and scored his second touchdown run of the night.

Leading 28-7 in the fourth quarter the game was all but over. After converting on a fourth down and eight , the Centaurs cut the lead to 28-14. The onside kick that followed was nullified because it only traveledseven yards. That set-up excellent field position for Redondo. Brown moved the ball to the 27 yard line and Ellison finished off the Centaurs on the option, keeping it for a 27 yard touchdown run.

Redondo faces Mira Costa, their undefeated cross town rival Friday night at Mira Costa. ER