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Village Christian crushes Brentwood

September 29, 2000

Erik Boal

LAKEWOOD -- They were labeled a run-and-shoot, chuck-and-duck, West

Coast-type offense. But Village Christian football Coach Jim Yencarelli

had something up his sleeve.

His Crusaders crushed Brentwood School Thursday night, 37-0, at Clark

Field in Lakewood by racking up 232 yards on the ground and five

touchdowns.

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Leading the way for the Crusaders was tailback-receiver Aaron Owen,

who rushed for 117 yards in 19 carries and two touchdowns.

Bruising fullback Josh Martin rammed his way in for three touchdowns

in the red zone. Martin ran 11 times for 25 yards -- mostly for

short-yardage situations.

Quarterback Neil Gunn, normally headlining his team's offense, took

second stage, passing for 147 yards in an efficient 12-for-16 passing

night.

Wide receiver David Rodriguez was Gunn's favorite target, catching six

passes for 106 yards.

"It was a great team effort," Yencarelli said. "We came to play today.

Basically we told them to step up the level and play competitively. Josh

powered in for us and Aaron played great."

The Crusader offense might always receive the glory, but the night

belonged to the defense.

Village Christian (3-1) shut out the Eagles (0-4) and forced four

turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions. Brentwood was only able

to manage 101 yards of total offense on the night.

Junior running back Adam Klappholz had a few big runs rushing for 85

yards in 17 tries. Despite the swift feet of Klappholz, the Eagles were

forced to punt four times and had only five first downs.

"They outplayed us and outcoached us," Brentwood Coach Patrick Brown

said.

"They beat us in all facets of the game. They're a good football team

that's 37 points better than us. I told (my players) that it's been a

long night and let's get on the bus."

Village Christian will square off against Flintridge Prep (1-2) Oct. 9

at Duarte High.

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