Sage still eating up opposition

Lightning still perfect at 5-0 after 56-13 win over Viewpoint on the road.

October 02, 2010|By Matt Szabo,

CALABASAS — The high school football game started at 11 a.m., so late in the third quarter it was just about lunchtime.

Sage Hill School line coach Akbar Gbaja-Biamila wanted senior lineman T.J. Danner to feast on Viewpoint quarterback Alex Satnick.

"Hey T.J., go get him," Gbaja-Biamila called out. "I'll buy you a burger."

The remark drew laughter from Sage Hill parents sitting nearby. Danner did get a good pass rush on and hurried Satnick, forcing an incompletion. But without the sack, Gbaja-Biamila's wallet perhaps stayed a bit heavier.

"I'd buy him a six dollar burger from Carl's Jr. and make him think it was an expensive one," he said, drawing more laughter.


Sage Hill didn't have to be quite so economical in the game itself, rolling to a 56-13 victory at Viewpoint. The Lightning, ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division poll, are now 5-0 for the first time since 2005.

"We've been a pretty good football team the first four games, but we've done some bad things as well that have kept us from being great," Coach J.R. Tolver said. "Our motto this week was, 'How do we go from a good team to a great team?' Part of that was effort and intensity, but also knowing our assignments. That's what we tried to do today, regardless of what the score was. We wanted to do what it takes to take us from a good football team to a great football team, and I think we took a step in the right direction today."

Sage took plenty of steps toward the end zone, scoring seven touchdowns. Three were scored by senior tailback Taylor Ross, who finished with 172 yards despite getting just 12 carries for the second straight week. Ross scored from 72, 48 and one yard out.

Eric Cheng, Randall Mycorn and Conor Kort also scored rushing touchdowns for the Lightning; Cheng's 94-yard scamper sealed the deal in the fourth quarter. But the Lightning also had perhaps their most effective passing game of the year.

Mycorn finished with 154 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions, despite the fact the Lightning didn't throw a single pass in the second half. Mycorn's first touchdown pass to Taylor Petty was well-played, as he pumped to draw the defensive back in before delivering a 58-yard strike that gave Sage the early 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

On the second touchdown, the 6-foot-1 Petty out-jumped Viewpoint defensive back Amir Karian near the goal line and took it in.

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