Agoura Charges Past Redondo, 55-18

Agoura was so bad in practice Tuesday afternoon that the coaching staff kicked the team off the field. Three days later, the third-place team from the vaunted Marmonte League showed it had learned its lesson, schooling the Ocean League champs on the road, 58-18, setting up a second-round showdown with St. Bonaventure.

Blending their touted passing attack with an effective ground game, Agoura (8-3) sliced through the Sea Hawk defense at will, scoring on its first four possessions to grab a 29-0 lead with just two minutes gone in the second quarter. Mike Coons scored the Chargers' first touchdown on a four-yard run, which capped an opening drive that covered 74 yards in eight plays. Quarterback Dustin Croick was 3-for-3 on the drive for 57 yards, the big strike being a 32-yard pass to Braden Lepisto on a third down seam route.

After the defense forced Redondo (6-4-1) to go three and out, Agoura struck again. A poor punt set the Chargers up at the Redondo 41-yard line and they needed just five plays to put the ball in the end zone. The score came when Croick found Lepisto on the same seam route, this time for 26 yards.

The points kept coming for Agoura, as a Croick to Bryan Huston touchdown pass covering 11 yards and a touchdown run of three yards by Coon extended Agoura's lead to 29-0.

Agoura would get one more touchdown before halftime, a seven-yard pass from Croick to Coons. That helped counter two beautiful scoring plays from Redondo sophomore Kevin Ellison. On the first, he took a pitch left, cut across the grain and ran 26 yards to pay dirt. Later in the second quarter, after Agoura fumbled a punt, he made a one-handed grab of a Chris Meadows pass, eluded two tacklers and ran 56 yards for a touchdown.

Redondo never challenged in the second half. The Sea Hawks fumbled the ball away on their opening possession, which Agoura converted to a score three plays later. A Redondo touchdown pass from Meadows to Mike Whitcher matched Agoura's score, but the Chargers closed the game strong, scoring with less than 30 seconds remaining when Kyle Heath took a pitch and found the end zone from 14 yards out.

Croick finished the night 17-of-25 for 235 yards and five touchdowns. He added 41 yards rushing. Lepisto and Huston were the receiving stars, as they have been all year for Agoura. Lepisto snared five balls for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while Huston caught eight passes for 93 yards and two more scores.

"I heard that this league runs a lot," Huston said. "They were Ocean League champs but they couldn't stop our throwing game."

Agoura advances to play perennial small-school power St. Bonaventure, playing up in Div. IV for the first time.

"I've been looking forward to playing them ever since Passing League," Croick said.

Redondo finished the night with 299 yards in total offense against an Agoura defense that had been suspect until its last regular season game one week ago. But the Sea Hawks managed only 118 yards in the first half, 111 of which came on three big plays.

Meadows ended up 8-of-17 for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Whitcher caught six passes for 96 yards, while Ellison had 114 all-purpose yards before a third quarter ankle sprain knocked him from the game.

"When we saw them on film, I was very impressed," said Redondo head coach Gene Simon. "They could run and throw it very well. We didn't match up well in a lot of cases. We're young. We had a few guys get dinged tonight and then we were really in trouble."


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