Culver City catches Redondo flagging

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRedondo was flagged 11 times for 140 yards in Friday night’s 38-28 nonleague loss at Culver City. At one point, the Sea Hawks faced third-and-50 after three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on back-to-back fourth-quarter plays, effectively killing the team’s last shot at reeling in Culver City. It was those penalties that nullified a three-touchdown, 257-yard rushing performance by Gray, who carried the ball 18 times. “The calls didn’t go our way and that was the biggest factor in the game,” Gray said. “They not only took away from what we were trying to do on offense, but they really brought the spirit of the team down.” Penalties not only stalled all but one of Redondo’s four second-half possessions, but also gave Culver City quarterback Darius Banks a fresh set of downs on four occasions. Banks made the most of those opportunities as Culver City outscored Redondo, 28-7, in the second half. NONLEAGUE: Centaurs quarterback Banks capitalizes when Sea Hawks falter. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER As precious fourth-quarter seconds ticked off the clock, Redondo running back Hayward Gray could do nothing more than shake his head at the result of a game that wasn’t lost on the line of scrimmage, but rather on the belt loop of the officiating crew. “He is a great player and we gave him too many chances,” Redondo coach Gene Simon said. Banks, who led the state in passing last season, beat Redondo (2-3) more with his legs than his arm. He passed for two touchdowns to Antwon Moutra, but also ran for three scores and a handful of critical first-down conversions down the stretch. One such play came early in the fourth quarter when he ran from sideline to sideline, scrambling for 16 yards on fourth-and-8. The play lasted 18 seconds. Culver City (5-0) scored two plays later to take its first lead of the game, 24-21. “It’s quite bittersweet when you play against him. It’s sweet for the first five seconds when you think you’ve stopped him, but that feeling turns into rage for the last eight seconds when he gets away and runs down the field,” Simon said. “Every time, we called the perfect defense to stop him, but then he improvises.” Banks also was the beneficiary of a number of pass interference calls. Redondo was called for pass interference five times for 66 yards. Redondo’s Nick Jones was called for pass interference on three different plays, but helped make up for some of it with a 17-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Erik Wilson with 2:40 left in the game. But the score was too little, too late. Redondo’s best scoring chance before Jones’ catch came with the team clinging to a four-point lead in the third quarter. On fourth-and-3 at his team’s 45-yard line, Nick Garcia ran an inside handoff on a fake punt for 7 yards and a first down. But the drive ended four plays later when Gray was stopped a foot shy of a first down on fourth-and-1. “If we got that first down there and went on to score, we would have stayed in the ballgame a little longer,” Simon said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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