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VENTURA — There was a sense this 12 months’s version of Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure could be completely different than final 12 months. The Lions got here into Friday night time’s sport – as soon as once more – led by a crop of highly-touted recruits like working again Johnny Thompson, wideout Justice Williams, and Luke Baklenko, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman headed to Stanford.
There’s additionally defensive again Jalen Lewis together with linebackers Christian Knoos and Michael Erhart — all positive picks to play huge time soccer on Saturdays.
That feeling was fallacious. It was like déjà vu …
For the second straight 12 months, the most effective participant on the sector was St. Bonaventure working again Delon Thompson, an unranked, under-recruited tailback who ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries within the Seraphs’ 40-28 win over Oaks Christian at Ventura School to win this system’s second straight Marmonte League title.
“We got here into this sport an enormous underdog. We knew that everybody thought Oaks was going to win,” Delon Thompson stated. “We felt like we had nothing to lose.”
Thompson ran for 157 yards and two scores in final 12 months’s 34-13 win over the Lions. The senior is now as much as 2,231 yards speeding and 25 touchdowns this season, doubling his 1,078 yards gained as a junior. Regardless of all of the productiveness, Thompson stated he’s but to obtain a scholarship provide.
“The curiosity has picked up,” Thompson stated of his recruitment within the final 12 months. “I’m speaking to coaches each week. That’s good. However nonetheless no affords.”
The 12-point distinction when the clock hit zeroes makes the sport look like it was shut. It wasn’t.
Oaks Christian (7-3) regarded aloof, detached, and careless. The Lions turned the ball over on its second and third possession of the sport, which helped St. Bonaventure mount a fast 21-0 lead. Oaks Christian turned the ball over 4 occasions Friday night time and misplaced defensive finish Dylan Hampsten to damage simply earlier than halftime.
“We knew that if we hit (Oaks Christian) within the mouth early they might fold like they did,” Thompson stated.
Johnny Thompson, who scored two touchdowns within the sport, discovered his manner into the tip zone within the second quarter to make it 21-7 at halftime, however the Lions fumbled the opening kickoff return to arrange St. Bonaventure (7-3) with nice discipline place to attain and make it 28-7 with greater than 10 minutes to play within the third quarter.
The Seraphs scored on their fifth straight possession to make it 34-14 earlier than one other Oaks Christian turnover. The sport was over. Delon Thompson’s backfield mate Koen Glover additionally scored two speeding touchdowns.
It’s no secret what St. Bonaventure desires to do with the ball, but most groups can’t cease it. Delon Thompson has rushed for 236, 369, 248, 276, 208 and 257 yards towards high quality opponents this season earlier than Friday night time.
“I’ve to credit score my offensive line, they’re wonderful,” Thompson stated. “However even when the protection is aware of the place I’m going, they nonetheless must sort out me.”
St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian will now await Sunday morning’s (10 a.m.) launch of the CIF Southern Part playoff pairings the place groups will be taught which division they’ll compete in. In accordance with Calpreps.com, it’s possible each might be positioned into Division 2. Brackets might be seen at CIFSS.org.
Delon Thompson does it once more. Final 12 months he rushed for 157 yards and two TDs in a win. Tonight, in the identical sport, with a league title on line, he rushed for 230 yards and three TDs to anchor a dominating 40-28 St. Bonaventure victory over Oaks Christian. pic.twitter.com/B4j5uNx8w2
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) October 28, 2022