Mira Costa, Redondo return home

by Randy Angel
Published September 17, 2009

After a two-week road trip, Mira Costa holds its home opener tomorrow and, although Redondo hosted Serra last week, the game was played at Mira Costa while the new field in Sea Hawk Bowl was completed. Redondo will break in its new field with a game against Millikan.

Mira Costa (1-1) hosts Esperanza (1-1) of the Sunset League at 7 p.m. The Aztecs are coming off a 51-12 win against Jordan and will look to avenge last season’s 14-9 home loss to the Mustangs.
Esperanza is led by returning quarterback Drew Huusfeldt (6-0, 175) and last year’s leading receiver Hayden Pierce (6-2, 175) who averaged 20.6 yards per catch.

Fullback Dustin Derieg (6-0, 225) heads the ground game while defensive tackles Chris Esparza (6-0, 245) and Lukas Lopez (6-1, 235, 9 sacks in 2008) spearhead the Aztec defense.

After a tough loss to Loyola in the season opener, Mira Costa rebounded by throttling South 50-27 last Friday. Quarterback Kyle Demarco scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for two more while leading the Mustangs to a 43-0 lead.

Running back Morgan Reece carried the ball 19 times for 133 yards and a 3-yard touchdown, leading a Mira Costa running attack that amassed 343 yards.

Kyle Nunn scored on a 4-yard pass and Mike Miller hauled in a 25-yard strike for the Mustangs. Steve Giovati rounded out the scoring for Mira Costa with a 3-yard run after kicker Alex Norocea drilled a 48-yard field goal and defensive back Donta Bavis returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.

Mira Costa’s victory at South, coupled wityh Palmdale’s loss to Hart, propelled the Mustangs into the top spot in the CIF Western Division poll. Leuzinger remained in the 9th position while West broke through into the top ten with a 14-7 win over El Segundo.

Sea Hawks christen new athletic field

Redondo (0-1) seeks its first win when the Sea Hawks host Millikan (2-0) tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Prior to kickoff, the school will celebrate the grand opening of the new Sea Hawk Bowl at 6:30 p.m.
Former football players will join Dr. Steven Keller and Redondo Beach Unified School District members along with invited guests and supporters of Measure C for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Rams are a small, but fast team that has scored a Moore League high 77 points in two games after their 42-13 victory over Artesia last Friday. Although Artesia gained over 300 yards, Millikan forced five turnovers in the win. The Sea Hawks defeated the Rams 31-16 in 2008.

Millikan uses a two-quarterback system with Paul Slater (5-9, 150) and Alden Darby (5-9, 160) splitting time behind center. Slater is 20-for-36 passing, throwing for 315 yards and two touchdowns. He has also rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Receiver Silver Vaifunua (5-8, 150) has caught seven passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns this season while Darby has eight receptions for 98 yards after leading the Ram’s in receiving last season with nine touchdowns and 865 yards.

The balanced offensive attack also features running back Darius Hardy (5-6, 140) who has carried the ball 31 times for 220 yards.

Defensively, Millikan is led by defensive backs Kilisi Suai (5-11, 190), Jerrell Bradford (5-10, 185) and Darby. Suai is the team leader in tackles with 22 and has recorded three sacks in the first two games. Bradford and Darby each have two interceptions. Trevon Trejo (6-4, 180) anchors the defensive line and has 13 tackles and 4.5 sacks this season.

Redondo opened its season with a home game played at Mira Costa. The scrappy Sea Hawks were no match for Serra, the No. 2 team in the CIF Northwest division that is ranked 12th in the state by Maxpreps.com.

Although Serra rolled out to a 36-0 lead in its 49-12 victory, Redondo didn’t go down without a fight. Fernando Navarro rushed for a 5-yard touchdown to spoil the shutout before quarterback Chris Mares connected with Steven Strelka on a 30-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. ER