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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Playing in a hostile West Torrance environment, Redondo embarrassed its hosts, turning virtually their every mistake into points and turning away West’s effort at a comeback in a 19-6 victory that left Redondo alone in first place in the Bay League. Though bothered by the sore ankle he injured last week, West running back Brian Baucham still proved to be a threat. But with the exception of his 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter after Redondo already had built a 19-0 lead, Redondo limited him to only one gain of more than 20 yards. On a night in which West, Mira Costa and Leuzinger all lost, Redondo will wake up this morning as the only undefeated team in the Bay League. That doesn’t mean the job is finished, but it does mean that it has taken a big step. “We wanted to make a statement to everyone in the Bay League that we’re not just a first-half team,” running back Hayward Gray said. “We can get it done in the second half. BAY LEAGUE: Sea Hawks force West Torrance mistakes and turn them into points for crucial victory. By John Klima STAFF WRITER Redondo has been looking for this kind of game the last few years, the kind of victory that means much to establishing itself in the Bay League. “We wanted to show that we can stop a good running back like Baucham. If we keep this up, we can beat any team in the Bay League.” Gray rushed 16 times for 125 yards, and Redondo won despite not scoring one rushing touchdown, its traditional method of production. “Winning this game was a huge step forward,” junior quarterback Erik Wilson said. “It was very important for us to establish ourselves and show people what we’re capable of.” “I think it will make people look at us and say Redondo is stepping up.” Redondo did it with defense, turning a blocked field goal, two interceptions and a fumble recovery into 19 points. It was enough offense to topple West, which again struggled to complete drives and provide protection for Bauchaum and sophomore quarterback Ronnie Clark. Redondo’s Davon Manning blocked Tyler Krumpe’s 30-yard field-goal attempt late in the first quarter. Redondo took over at its own 25-yard line. Gray gained 49 yards on one run. Two plays later, Wilson connected with Cyke Penn on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Penn caught the middle screen pass with a leap before outrunning West’s defense. “They thought they were going to come out and spank all over us,” Penn said. “I think we were the toughest team they have played all year.” That is open to debate, but Penn’s impact on this victory wasn’t. On West’s next possession, Penn intercepted Clark and returned it 33 yards to the West 7-yard line. That set up Nick Diaz’s 20-yard field goal that gave Redondo (4-3, 2-0) a 10-0 halftime lead. West coach Greg Holt said Baucham’s ankle, which he injured last week against Mira Costa, began bothering the senior. Baucham rushed 24 times for 115 yards, but carried only nine times for 31 yards in the second half. West (5-1-1, 0-1-1) had nowhere to hide from its own blunders in the third quarter. Clark, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 72 yards, threw his second interception of the game. Redondo’s Joe Rubio intercepted Clark at Redondo’s 10-yard line and returned it to midfield. Redondo was forced to punt, but West had terrible field position and couldn’t move the ball. Redondo got the ball back, and eventually Wilson connected with Richie Hoover on a 18-yard touchdown pass to build a 16-0 lead in the fourth quarter. West fumbled on its next possession. Redondo took over at midfield, setting up Diaz’s 26-yard field goal into the wind with 5:17 to play. Baucham picked up a ground ball kickoff and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for his only breakaway play of the game. West then recovered an onside kick. Clark got West to the Redondo 32, but his potential touchdown pass late in the game fell incomplete. West senior quarterback Marc Oslund dressed but did not play because of a knee injury that has nearly wiped out his season. “Ronnie is doing fine,” Oslund said. “There’s no one else I’d rather have out there.” But Redondo is the one in the Bay League picture. It has games against Leuzinger, Palos Verdes and Mira Costa remaining. “After a couple hits, he looked a little hurt, but he is still a threat at all times,” Gray said. “You can never say if he’s hurt or not. We needed to have outside containment on him and we didn’t let him get to the outside.” “We really think we can win Bay League,” Rubio said. “This team plays together and plays with heart. That’s what you have to do in order to have a good run.” [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

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