Serra, Lakewood take Santa Fe TofC titles

Serra High School used a quick start to defeat defending champion Lakewood and win the passing event in Santa Fe High school’s annual Tournament of Champions competition held Saturday.
The victory denied Lakewood’s bid to sweep the two-pronged contest that included a nine-event lineman competition won by the Lancers.
Thirty-eight schools participated in the passing, including
Burbank Burroughs, which defeated Lynwood, 25-21, to capture the consolation division.
With pass completions worth from 1 to 3 points, depending on the yardage gained, Serra completed seven consecutive mid-range passes to take a 14-0 lead on its opening 10-play possession in title finale.
The Cavaliers led, 14-7, after Lakewood opted for the longer passes in its fist possesion and struggled.
Despite Lakewood’s defense accounting for three points with an interception and a deflected pass on Serra’s second series, the Cavaliers ended the game early by completing eight of nine passes to reach the maximum 30 point limit.
In the semifinals, Lakewood defeated Long Beach Wilson by a point and Serra edged Carson.
With game limits of 30 minutes or 30 points, whichever came first, Lakewood played nine games, winning seven of them. Serra, which had an afternoon bye, posted an 8-0 record.
The Cavaliers scored the maximum points in all four of their morning contests, and then made it five in a row by beating Schurr, 30-10, in a second-round afternoon game.
Local teams participating in the passing were California, which finished with a 4-2 record, La Serna (4-2), Schurr (4-2), Santa Fe “A” (3-3), Whittier (2-3) and Santa Fe “B” (3-5).
Teams who traveled the farthest to compete were Salt Lake City Olympus (1-6), Barstow (1-5), Ventura St. Bonaventure (3-3) and San Diego Westview (6-1) and Mountain Empire (0-5).
Lakewood totaled 295 points in winning the lineman competition. Local teams’ scores were California, seventh with 237, Santa Fe “A” 236 (eighth), Schurr 170 (17th), La Serna 161 (21st), Whittier 130 (33rd), and Pioneer 85 (38th).
Pioneer did not compete in the passing competition.

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