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Clash goes in favor of Oaks

Oaks Christian prevails in matchup of state powers

Posted: September 4, 2009 11:39 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Alemany quarterback Vernon Davis (3), of Newhall, runs the ball in the first quarter at Alemany High against Oaks Christian.

 
MISSION HILLS — Newhall resident Vernon Adams said he was a bit nervous for his first varsity start for Bishop Alemany High School.

It probably didn’t help to see the No. 8 ranked team in the country on the other side of the line of scrimmage, or the TV cameras broadcasting the game on Fox Sports West.

It turns out he had nothing to fear but Oaks Christian’s offense, which couldn’t be stopped on the ground, as the Lions defeated the Warriors 28-17 at Alemany High.

“I was pretty nervous,” Adams said.

Adams looked ready to go on his first two touches, but the quarterback was thrown to the ground on the third play of the game and stripped of the ball.

He then had to watch as Nick Montana led a ruthlessly efficient three-play touchdown drive, capped by a 23-yard run by Oaks Christian running back and top national recruit Malcolm Jones.

“My teammates calmed me down,” Adams said. “They just told me to relax and they said, ‘Just play how you usually play.’” 

Adams, later in the first quarter, threw a 21-yard fade route to Kevin Lenik to tie the score at 7-7.

That was the closest the Warriors would get.

The Warriors went into the locker room trailing at halftime 21-10 after a pair of rushing touchdowns by Jones.

While Adams managed to evade defenders for most of the night, completing 8-of-13 pass attempts for 173 yards with 50 rushing yards, his teammates had no answer for Jones.

Jones finished with 271 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns, including a 17-yard run that put Oaks Christian up 28-10 with 5:51 left in the third quarter.

Adams answered by leading a drive of his own, running and passing for most of Alemany’s 80 yards on the ensuing drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown pass to Chike Mbanefo to cut the lead to 28-17.

“I think we played pretty well,” Adams said. “Our defense did a good job against Nick Montana, keeping him in there the whole game, I just have to work harder, try harder.”

Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, completed 13-of-27 passes for 152 yards and an interception and was relatively contained for most of the game, but Jones’ efficiency on the ground made the rest of the Lions’ offense pretty much a nonfactor.

The Warriors were able to force a turnover on downs with 10:34 left in the game, but as Adams led what would be the final drive, he lost his second fumble of the night in Oaks Christian territory, which allowed Jones to run out the clock.

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