PREP NOTES WITH A TWIST

Lassen loses, Mira Loma wins, Florida team falls and more from the best prep notes column in the state. Warning: You might crave a certain type of cheeseburger after reading this feature.

•SUCCESS HALTED: Red Bluff ended Lassen of Susanville's win streak at 25 with a 35-14 triumph. Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park had its win streak ended at 23 by a powerful Eureka team, 40-7. Carpinteria was 14-0 last year but 0-1 this year after losing to Morro Bay, 28-0.

•REGARDING WINLESS STREAKS: Mira Loma of Sacramento ended a losing streak at 0-24 with a 9-0 victory over Encina of Sacramento. Roosevelt of Fresno ended a losing streak at 21 games by scheduling a new school with no seniors, Liberty of Madera, and came away with a dominating 58-0 win. Roosevelt had set a state record last year of 590 points allowed in a season.
Winless streaks also are often ended by the scheduling of an easier opponent. Last week, Lincoln of Los Angeles, with a 0-15-1 streak, played Keppel of Alhambra, which was at 0-17. Lincoln came away with a smashing 41-0 victory. Keppel, though, came away with a 0-18 streak.
Scheduling an easier opponent hasn't been in the cards for Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove, which extended the state's longest current winless streak to 0-35 with a 51-14 loss to Century of Santa Ana. The on-the-field losing streak state record is 46 consecutive losses by Moorpark from 1972 to 1982.
All these games were played and the players from those schools haven't quit trying. And because they didn't quit, we don't consider them negative records as some do. To us, negative records would be those that include forfeited scheduled games that were never played (we call them defaults and don't count them in our records).

•CALIFORNIA VS. THE WORLD UPDATE: California finally won in Florida after eight losses in previous seasons. Northgate of Walnut Creek ventured to the Sunshine State last week and came home with a 43-20 victory over Sonrise Christian of Lakeland. That helped California to a 11-7 week vs. out-of-state competition, which evened the season record at 20-20.
Another significant win last week was Colfax over Dimond of Anchorage, Alaska, 44-7, at Colfax. Dimond had moved to the No.1 ranking in Alaska last week but dropped to No.2 this week.
Season Records: 2-0 vs. Alaska (2-3 all-time), 1-0 vs. Florida (1-8 all-time), 1-0 vs. Mexico, 4-4 vs.Oregon, 2-3 vs. Hawaii, 2-3 vs. Arizona, 8-10 vs. Nevada.

•SPANOS SPEAKS: San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos seemed genuinely impressed with the brand new artificial turf field that was christened last Friday night at Lincoln High of Stockton. Spanos, who has a grandson on the Lincoln JV team, picked up the tab for the $250,000 turf as a donation to the local school district. "I have to tell you, I just can't believe this is the same field as before," Spanos said. "It's just gorgeous. I can't believe it turned out this nice." Spanos also spoke directly to the students before the start of the school's game against Granite Bay. "You've got to always believe in yourselves and keep on trying, no matter what," he said. "Don't ever, ever forget that."

•ON THE VOLLEYBALL FRONT: Preseason state No. 1 and national No. 2 St. Francis of Mountain View was tested last week in its very first match. The Lancers, playing without injured State Player of the Year Jessica Gysin, dropped the third game to Los Altos, before holding on in the fourth. Scores of the match in favor of St. Francis were 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24. Gysin has sprained ligament in one of her knees and will be sidelined for two more weeks.

•ON THE BASKETBALL TRANSFER FRONT: The movement continues and the latest development could push El Camino of Oceanside to a dominant position for the upcoming season. The Wildcats, who beat Fairfax in December and were nationally-ranked for most of the 2003 season, have picked up 6-10 center Craig Austin and 5-11 guard Brad Alkazin from Carlsbad. Austin averaged nearly 20 points per game last year and should be among the state's top centers. His move to El Camino will enable 6-6 Gyno Pomare to assume a more traditional power forward role. Plus, Alkazin may be able to take over at the point for graduated standout Mikel Watson. Justin Armstrong and James Daniels should round out a starting lineup that now looks comparable to any in the state.

•ST. JOE SAYS NO TO S.L.O.:One of our upset specials of last week was St. Joseph of Santa Maria knocking off San Luis Obispo, 17-15. Tim Schweigertˆs 46-yard field goal in the third quarter was the gamer as defense ruled in the fourth. Little St. Joe (350 students) has not been much in football since Mark Brunell left in the 1980s while SLO (1,500 students) has been relatively strong and has a good returning nucleus. St. Joe is coached (for the second year) by Barney Eames, a 60-something retired school teacher whose most recent reclamation job came at Hancock College, where he took the Bulldogs from deathˆs door to being a regular state Top 10 member.

•AIR CORYELL LIVES ON: Think the Kansas City Chiefs or Cleveland Browns or Minnesota Vikings have as many sons of former players starring on local high school football fields as are found in San Diego? Doubtful.Old Chargers don't fade away. They retire in San Diego and watch their sons grow up in their shadow.
William Buchanon, son of Willie Buchanon, and Scripps Ranch's Kellen Winslow, now an All-American tight end at Miami who is the son of the Hall-of-Fame tight end of the same name, are two of the most notable second-generation Air Coryell Chargers.
This year there is Carlsbad senior running back Spike Shaw, son of safety Pete Shaw, and La Costa Canyon senior running back Vinnie Perretta, whose father, Ralph, was an offensive lineman. Shaw's brother, Ryan, is a backup running back at Oregon who played at La Costa Canyon.

•TO TIE OR NOT TO TIE, THAT IS THE QUESTION: During this nonleague part of the football season, coaches of the two teams playing usually have to agree before the start of a game that they'll play overtimes in case there's a tie at the end of regulation. Coaches at Central Section schools Mendota and Laton agreed to play overtimes last week and they wound up playing five of them. Mendota won the marathon contest, 19-18.

•NAME GAME: One of our favorite movies of all-time is Pulp Fiction and one of our favorite scenes in that movie is when characters played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are talking about hamburgers in Europe. It's revealed in a humorous way that quarter-pound burgers at McDonald's are not called quarter-pounders, but "Royale with Cheese." That's why we love the pass-rushing combo at Sunnyside of Fresno so much this season. On one side is Michael Cheese. On the other is Marshon Royal. "Royal with Cheese" certainly won't taste good for any opposing QBs going against these two this fall.

Note: Tom Shanahan (San Diego) and Alan Hunt (Lompoc) contributed items to this column.


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