Prep football: Carson wins third in a row after starting 0-3

After a miserable 3-0 start, Carson High coach Mike Christensen is seeing signs of progress with three straight wins, including a 55-12 win over previously undefeated Reseda Cleveland on Thursday.

Junior running backlinebacker Jerry Misaalefua scored five touchdowns. He is the younger brother of Jack Sula, who was a standout running back for Carson in 2007 and was also coached by Christensen.

“We’re getting there,” said Christensen in his second stint at Carson. “Were young. We’re still learning how to play. I don’t have any seniors apart from foosball. It was just a learning process. We only have little kids who haven’t played. We’re playing better every week.”

The improvement couldn’t have come at a better time as the Colts begin Friday night’s Marine League game away to rivals Wilmington Banning.

Carson has won 11 City Section Championships. Banning has won 12. They are trying to reclaim their places as blue bloods in the City Section hierarchy.

West Ranch rises

Valencia West Ranch has never won a Foothill League championship, but the Wildcats (6-0) made a big step by defeating defending champions Saugus 43-6. Colorado Commitment Ryan Staub excelled as a quarterback, passing for 358 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 99 yards. He has 26 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.

Millikan perseveres

Long Beach Millikan was without four wins this week because of an ineligible player, while his coach Romeo Pellum is also out and assistant Angel Molina is stepping in as interim coach. The Rams defeated Long Beach Jordan 58-54. Myles Jackson completed a winning touchdown pass to Jaden Hunt with 11 seconds remaining.

Jackson passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns. Long Beach Jordan’s Jordan Washington scored five touchdowns.

City Section Showdown

The Northern League championship should be decided Friday night when Eagle Rock (6-0) host Franklin (5-0) in a league opener. Both have tuned wins. Franklin defeated Crenshaw 59-12. Eagle Rock defeated Pomona 31-6.

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Canoga Park’s Corie Ruell rushed for 403 yards in 29 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 50-20 win over San Fernando.

Newbie to the rescue

With quarterback CJ Tiller unavailable due to concussion protocols, Rancho Cucamonga turned to freshman Jacob Chambers, who rushed for 361 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-21 win over previously undefeated Vista Murrieta.

On a collision course

The Garfield-Roosevelt game is scheduled for October 21 at the Coliseum and the two schools are doing their best to make it a game to decide the Eastern League title. On Friday night, Garfield defeated South Gate 35-7. Roosevelt defeated South East 56-0. Prep football: Carson wins third in a row after starting 0-3

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