WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- The Oaks Christian football team has a pair of super sophomores who had breakout performances against a tough St. Bonaventure team on Friday night.
In more ways than one, quarterback Brandon Dawkins and receiver Chris Davis played lights out.
Dawkins and Davis each scored a touchdown in Oaks Christian’s 36-24 win over St. Bonaventure to help the Lions take early control of the race for the Marmonte League title. Dawkins gave the Lions a 13-3 lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Davis caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Dawkins to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
But the game wasn’t without drama. Oaks Christian (2-1), the No. 8 team in the ESPLNA prep football rankings, was ahead, 20-3, at halftime before St. Bonaventure mounted a second-half comeback. It was much like the game between the two teams last year when Oaks Christian had a 19-0 lead before St. Bonaventure rallied to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
St. Bonaventure (2-1), the No. 6 team in the ESPNLA rankings, scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the Oaks Christian lead to three points, 27-24. After forcing Oaks Christian to punt with a little less than seven minutes to play in the game, the stadium lights went out.
While the ball was in the air after the punt, the lights in the stadium dimmed. The ball ended up on the St. Bonaventure 1-yard line. After a 15-minute delay to restore the lights, the game resumed. St. Bonaventure started its drive from its own 1-yard line.
When asked if he knew why the lights went out, Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said, “I have no idea.”
After the game, St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien had only one thing to say, “No comment.”
“It’s a little embarrassing,” Redell said. “I can’t blame Todd for being upset. Obviously, we’re not doing it on purpose, but I can see where he would be upset about it.”
The drive after the delay lasted all of one play. St. Bonaventure was called for holding in the end zone and Oaks Christian scored a safety to go up, 29-24, with 6:52 to play.
Less than two minutes later, Oaks Christian scored a touchdown, the 60-yard pass from Dawkins to Davis, and extended its lead to 12 points.
Dawkins was 15-for-18 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown. Davis caught six passes for 92 yards.
But it wasn’t all about the sophomores for Oaks Christian.
Senior running backs Ishmael Adams and Carlos Mendoza combined to score three touchdowns on the ground. Adams had 76 yards rushing in 11 carries and scored two touchdowns. Mendoza gained 103 yards in 23 carries and scored a touchdown.
St. Bonaventure running back Shaun Wick scored the first touchdown for the Seraphs in the third quarter on a 1-yard run. He finished with 97 yards in 17 carries
Quarterback Marc Evans scored on a 1-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter to cut Oaks Christian’s lead to 10 points, 27-17. A minute later, St. Bonaventure scored again on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Evans to Montre Lee.
Evans did not have a good night passing despite the long touchdown pass to Lee. Evans was 12-for-25 for 156 yards. Lee caught three passes for 83 yards.