Quarterback Roman Ale threw for 2 touchdowns and added one on the ground as Narbonne(7-2, 4,0) routed Banning 60-7, in a Marine League bout Friday night at Narbonne High.
The senior signal caller had touchdown throws of 50 and 24-yards and a touchdown run of 46-yards to send Narbonne leading with a comfortable 33-7 at halftime.
“I told my kids last week before the Carson game that our playoffs had begun,” said Narbonne coach Manual Douglas. “We have to come out strong from the very beginning and close games out. A league loss wouldn’t do us any good heading into playoffs.”
Ale passed for 154 yards on 13 of 15 before taking the remainder of the game off after the half. Arizona bound Sean Riley had 94-yards rushing, majority coming on 54-yard scamper that went for a Narbonne touchdown.
The Gauchos blew open the game in the first quarter after Narbonne’s Boe Tufele picked of Pilot quarterback Myles Porter on the 14-yard line and ran it back to the house to give Narbonne a 21-0
Narbonne added one more touchdown return for a touchdown to open up the second half when Raymond Scott took Banning pass for a 65-yard score and 40-7 lead.
Banning’s lone score of the evening came on 15-yard catch by Fernando Corona on its last possession of the first half.
After its milestone victory in the final seconds over San Pedro 3 weeks ago, The Pilots have lost two out of its last three games.
Banning(6-3, 2-2) coach John Aponte says his team came in ready and prepared but had a couple mental breakdowns contributed to the lopsided outcome.
“We knew this game was going to be tough, but my kids didn’t back down and that’s why I’m proud of them. We had had plays that were open for us but could execute when it came down to it.”
Both teams will conclude league play next Friday night as Banning travels to Gardena and Narbonne visits San Pedro.