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Friday, November 29, 2002 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 7 sem nals by ROB CLARK ten yards of the goal with a long Last Friday Avalon faced the pass and then scored three plays Ojai Thatcher High School Toads later. Ojai then kicked the extra in the quarter final round of CIF point. The rest of the second half playoffs. Ojai is located in the was a standoff. MuriUo ended a hills above Ventura. Friday's last minute hope by Thatcher by game was played at night and the intercepting a pass as the half cold moist air condensed on the ended with Avalon behind 6 grass leaving the field wet and points to 7. slippery. The field glimmered Avalon came out of halftime in under the stadium lights as the good form. They received the players completed their warm-up kickoff and again proceeded to exercises and prepared to take the get three first downs on the field. The excitbment and tension running of Murillo and Martin as that comes with a do or die game well as two receptions by' was accentuated by the presence Morones. This time Bogard of two teams that had played an carried the ball over the goal line, entire season with only oa loss and then lateraled to Murillo for a each. two point conversion. Ojai's The first quarter was scoreless, attempt to strike back was cut Avalon stopped two Ojai drives, short by a Murillo interception. one when they lost the ball on This put Avalon ahead, 14 to 7, as downs, and another when the third quarter ended. cornerback Pablo Murillo Fourth quarter play was quite recovered a Thatcher fumble, intense. Lineman Sergio Jimenez Avalon's first possession ended helped stop an early Thatcher with a punt. The second drive with a quarterback sack, but possession was different. Avalon Avalon had trouble handling the got five consecutive first downs wet ball and lost it on a fumble. on a series of runsby quarterback On the next series the Ojai Chris Bogard, and miming backs quarterback sent a long pass Juan Carlos Martin and Pablo sailing down field. Initially it Murillo. Early in the second looked complete near the goal period Martin stretched the ball line, but it was called back in for a touchdown. The extra because of a holding violation. point attempt failed. On the next play Thomas Olsen As the second period continued dumped the quarterback for a loss Thatcher moved with a of fourteen yards. Instead of combination of medium range scoring, and potentially taking passes and runs. They got within the lead, Ojai was forced to punt. X-C Girls advance to ClF finals ClF Cross Country prelims hosted hot, dry, smoggy conditions on November 16. Teammates Krlatina Lehr, Sarah Bowman Courtney, Kennedy, Hayley Cushing and Julia Clark followed in behind. The girle all felt sick and nauseous due to the extreme weather. The Lancers were excited to learn that they had beaten Windward Who were the Liberty League champs who had previously prevented them from going to the finals. Run Lady Lancers run! Points Scored: Quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Lancers 0 6 8 6 20 Thatcher 0 7 0 0 7 On the next series it looked like Avalon was just trying to run down the clock. But, on third down with fairly 16ng yardage, the team ran a reverse wiIh"-wide receiver Clar s Moonan taking the handoff and running untouched into the endzone. This gave Avalon an insurmountable lead. Ojai tried to come back with a "hail Mary" pass which Bogard and Moonan intercepted together. At the end the score was Avalon 20, Ojai 7. The game ball was awarded to Bogard. Sixteen teams started the playoffs two weeks ago, and now only four remain standing, including Avalon. This Saturday the Lancers host undefeated Joshua Springs in the semi-finals at the Field of Dreams. The winner will go on to play in the CIF Championship game. Saturday's contest starts at l:O0 p.m. Avalon has won ten games season. and only lost one so far this W l a,u 2, Foot UdRfor your choice of Drinks, Appetizers Douglas Fir Noble Fir Grand Fir stmas 6-7 ft. $39.99 6-7 ft. $69.99 5-6 ft. $45.99 6-7 ft. $55.99 !!! Pro-orders accepted for regular and oversized boos - $25 Non Refundable Deposit Required Trees available Dec. 2 at Noon until Dec. 24 Delivery Available 112 Claressa Ave. ZFae mm your choice of Drinks, Appetizers