Prep football notebook: Offense dominates Week 1 of playoffs

Who said defense wins championships?

Week 1 of the high school football playoffs produced some memorable offensive performances.

La Puente Bishop Amat’s Aiden Ramos had 303 rushing yards and a school record seven touchdowns in a 70-49 Southern Section Division 2 win over Murrieta Valley. The Nighthawks received 513 yards passing and four touchdowns from sophomore Bear Bachmeier and 16 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown from brother Tiger Bachmeier.

North Hollywood’s Ronnie Gipson rushed for 369 yards and scored six touchdowns in a City Section Division II 41-30 win over Legacy.

Kory Hall contributed six touchdowns and the two-point conversion as Reseda defeated Cleveland Lincoln 42-41 in a City Section Division I game. He ran for 256 yards, caught two TD passes, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD.

Long Beach Millikan quarterback Myles Jackson had five touchdowns in a 49-21 Division 4 win over Saugus.

Newbury Park quarterback Brady Smigiel threw for 395 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in Division 4.

Irvine Northwood quarterback Eugene Miyata had six touchdowns in a 63-56 win over Monrovia in Division 8.

Torrance Bishop Montgomery’s Dominic Marchiondo had a school-record 16 receptions in a 28-21 win over Whittier Pioneer in Division 13.

Scary moment: San Juan Capistrano JSerra coach Scott McKnight was struck by a player during warm-up before his team’s Division 1 game against Santa Margarita, resulting in a concussion. He was taken to a hospital and stayed there overnight. Former head coach Pat Harlow led the Lions to a 27-20 comeback win.

Harlow said Saturday that McKnight was “fine.”

“It was really scary,” he said of the incident. “Very emotional. As hard as we tried, it had to affect the kids. It affected me. I’m super proud of the boys. It would have been easy to give in. Scott put together a really good team and the kids fight like Friday nights the devil.”

JSerra’s reward for the win is a matchup against undefeated Santa Ana Mater Dei next week.

“Mater Dei, baby, let’s go,” Harlow said. “It’s a big challenge, but that’s life. Were excited.”

Run, run, run: Mission Hills Bishop Alemany coach Casey Clausen said he was surprised when his team earned a berth in the Division 5 playoffs with a 2-7 record. His team has been without a quarterback for eight weeks. And yet, with Paden White and Jeremiah Claiborne taking turns blocking and running at offensive line quarterbacks, the Warriors made it to the Division 5 quarterfinals after a 40-14 win over Temecula Valley.

“We’ll see how long we can do without a quarterback,” said Clausen. “There have been no more secrets for eight weeks.”

The Warriors attempted two passes against Temecula Valley. White rushed for more than 200 yards and Claiborne exceeded 100 yards.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-11-05/prep-football-notebook-week-1-playoffs-offense-dominates-openers Prep football notebook: Offense dominates Week 1 of playoffs

Emma Bowman

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