Upon Further Review: LB Poly vs. St. Bonnie

One of the most anticipated games of the year, between two perennial powerhouses saw Long Beach Poly outlast St. Bonaventure, and Golden State Preps.com takes a closer look at the clash of the titans...

Ventura St. Bonaventure traveled to Veterans Stadium to face a tough and talented Long Beach Poly team.

This was a match up two of the best teams in Southern California and it lived up to the hype. Poly came away with a 12-7 victory on big plays by senior Ryan Willis and on the leg of senior kicker David Skara.

At first glance, I thought that Poly would come away with a comfortable win but St. Bonnie is a very tough and well coached team. As I watched the game, it was simple to see that Bonnie wanted to stop the run. They have a decent front seven and have three impressive defensive backs. They left their two corners on an island all night and Poly could not take advantage of it.

My hat goes off to corners Troy Hill and JB Dock. Even though Poly doesn't have a great passing attack, when they attempt to stretch the field Hill and Dock were always in position and were very physical with the wide receivers.

The clear star of the Seraphs is Patrick Hall. He has the talent to take over games. On defense, when they needed a big hit or someone to fill the gap he was there to make a play. Everyone knows how talented a running back he is on offense but to my surprised he rarely was used. I believe he is the most talented player on their team but there wasn't a clear effort to get him the ball. When Hall did get the ball, the Poly defense was swarming on him.

I have seen Corona Centennial play twice this year and I thought they had the best front seven in the Southern Section and I still believe that. But after watching Poly on Friday night, they might have the best defense in the Southern Section. The defense is led by Iuta Tepa and George Daily-Lyles. These two are the most talented in the front seven. They used their speed to disrupt the Seraph offense.

Another linebacker that deserves his due is senior Kenny Tuiloma. He was all over the field and I was impressed with is hitting ability. A star in the making is senior defensive back Stanjarrius McKay. He was all over the field. His size (6'2, 205), speed and skill will make him a good college player. It will be very difficult to score a lot of points on this speedy defense.

If Poly has any difficulties this year in a game it will be because of its offense. The Seraphs had eight and sometimes nine men in the box and Poly could not complete a meaningful forward pass.

The running game is their bread and butter. It is led by Melvin Richardson which was slowed by an injury. Richardson plays and runs big. Most of the time, he was tackled by at least two or three players. His partner in crime was senior tailback Daveon Barner. He is a change of pace back with lots of quickness and good speed. These two backs will most likely led them to a title shot but the passing game needs improvement. If this offense can master the play action pass, they will be unstoppable.


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