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first_imgNONLEAGUE: With a lot of help from his friends, the transfer quarterback sparks Serra. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER Serra quarterback Ted Landers tried to play it off like it wasn’t a big deal, like it was any other game. Winston said some of Landers’ former South teammates toilet-papered Landers’ house after he transferred and that he was hearing a lot of smack talk from his ex-teammates. “We had to do this for Ted,” Winston said. “I ran as hard as I could and made as many big plays as I could because I know he needed this. He’s a good guy who works hard every day. We really wanted this for him.” Winston and Woods, who call themselves the deuce-trey combination because they wear uniform Nos. 2 and 3, helped Serra improve to 4-1 heading into Del Rey League play. Winston rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Woods had a 19-yard touchdown reception, a 10-yard scoring run and added an interception on defense. “Explosive – that was the key word for us this week,” Woods said. “And doing it for Ted was a big thing for us. We made shirts this week that said, `Ted Landers rocks.”‘ Landers started South’s game last season against Hawthorne and also played against Bishop Montgomery before being pulled in favor of current quarterback Will Brown. Then Landers found a new home at Serra. “South just was not where I wanted to be,” Landers said. “I knew about Serra, and I knew I would fit in better over here.” South established its dominance on the first series as Winston had a 39-yard run, Malcolm Murray caught a 42-yard pass from Landers and Woods hauled in a nice pass from Landers in the corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead. “I always love the deep ball,” Woods said. “Once he threw it up, I knew I had to go up and get it. That’s what my coaches always tell me. “And that play was big. Because once we start, it’s hard to stop us.” Serra took off from there with Winston scoring on runs of 10 and 25 yards for a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. South’s John White scored on 1-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the first half, but Serra piled on in the second half with a 35-yard scoring run by Winston, a 10-yard run by Woods and a 1-yard run by Chris Iwuoma. Kicker Francisco Olloqui made six of seven extra points. “To me, this game wasn’t so much about Ted as it was about us playing a good team,” Altenberg said. “We think the world of South’s program and of (South coach) Josh (Waybright), and it was just not the right fit for Ted. “In the end, I’m just glad we came out and executed. Both our offense and our defense had firepower. We had some penalties tonight, but we’re a little banged up too, and that means we’re going to get better.” It was an ugly game in that Serra had 10 penalties for 100 yards and South had nine penalties for 90 yards. South did not get much going offensively, mustering just 167 yards of total offense in losing its second straight after starting the season 3-0. A week after being held in check by West Torrance, White managed just 36 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Brown was 6-for-14 for 53 yards, no touchdowns and one interception and lost two fumbles. “It was hard watching Ted go against us, but it was their whole team that beat us,” Brown said. “We struggled tonight. Serra’s whole defense was fast and physical up front. “They might be better than West. West played us tough last week, but Serra was good.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His teammates knew better. Landers, who transferred from South Torrance before the season, had the last laugh, directing a sharply executed 41-7 rout of his former teammates in a nonleague game on Friday night at Serra. Landers hit receiver Robert Woods for a 19-yard touchdown pass on the first possession, setting the tone for what Coach Scott Altenberg called Serra’s most well-rounded game this season. “It was cool, I guess,” said Landers, who was 10-for-15 for 151 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. “We went out and played our hardest, but to me, it was just another football game.” That’s his story and Landers is sticking with it, but running back Carl Winston and Woods said the Cavaliers wanted to get this game for Landers. last_img
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