It was a few weeks ago when Justin Barreto, a senior employee at Oxnard Hueneme, decided he needed to speak up. It was rumored that the opening of the new football field this season would not take place due to the ongoing bureaucratic problems associated with supplying electricity to turn on the lights. He desperately wanted a chance to play his home game by the lights.
Thanks to lobbying from Barreto and others, the Oxnard Union School District is finally shutting down. Hueneme made his debut under the light at his new field on Friday night. And guess who scored the first goal? Barreto.
“It was really good after three years,” Barreto said. “I went to the sideline, looked up and saw all the people.”
Barreto had two touchdowns in a 46-0 win over Carpinteria. The Vikings will play at home with Ojai Nordhoff on Friday to determine the Citrus Coast League title.
New rocket from Lompoc: Deville Dickerson did what no one in Lompoc thought possible. He struck the great Napoleon Kaufman out of his schoolbook by jotting down his 11th career punt or starting comeback for a Friday night touchdown. It was a retaliatory strike that surpassed Kaufman’s success. Dickerson now has six highland returns and five touchdown returns, including eight this season. Kaufman was one of the fastest players in California from 1988-90, continued to play for the Raiders and coached at Oakland Bishop O’Dowd.
Competition Week: This week will be the final week of the regular season, setting the stage for several rivalries. Among them is the Garfield vs. Roosevelt match on the East Los Angeles classics, which will take place on Friday night at the East Los Angeles College. Garfield has won 10 games in a row in this series.
Crenshaw and Dorsey are due to play for the Colosseum League title on Friday in Crenshaw. It remains to be seen whether the game will take place at 4 pm or 7 pm due to a shortage of bus drivers (the two schools are three miles apart).
Muir will meet Pasadena at the Rose Bowl at 6:30 pm for their annual Tournament Scrum game.
Fillmore defeated Santa Paulo 57-7 on Friday night in their 110th meeting in Ventura County’s longest running rivalry. Anthony Chessani Jr., an outstanding in three sports, scored his 20th touchdown of the season.
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School performance: Toby Schmidt, a former defender from Santa Ana Mater Dei and Pasadena Maranatha, has found a new home in Tustin. On Thursday night, he set a high school record with 507 yards in a win over Placentia Valencia. He also had six touchdown passes.
Dominance of the urban section: Lake Balboa Birmingham (4-5), after losing five games to Sector South, is on the City Sector’s four-game winning streak and surpassed rivals 204-6.