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Samohi Falls Short, But Program Looks Strong

Santa Monica High’s football season ended last week with a 42-10 loss at Lompoc in the second round of the CIF playoffs.

But there’s reason for optimism.

Samohi, after winning the Ocean League the last two seasons, finished second to Culver City this time, losing a 17-14 game in overtime.

Samohi then won its first round playoff game.

Despite inconsistent quarterback play as several players rotated at the position, Samohi compiled a 7-5 record.

Coach Travis Clark has the program strong enough for the Vikings to do well in league play. The next step would be to elevate to the level of several elite teams, including Lompoc.

Samohi won the Division CIF championship in 2001, Then was moved up to the much stronger Division 4.

The team had a powerful running attack this season, featuring senior Kwayme Duggins.

With new ball carriers, the Vikings should run well again next season as several quality offensive linemen will return.

There will be two new teams in the Ocean League. El Segundo and Lawndale will be arriving, replacing Inglewood and Morningside, which will move to the Bay league.

El Segundo has a 9-3 record and is currently competing in the CIF playoffs.

On the surface the team appears to be a worthy challenger to Culver City and Santa Monica.

Lawndale’s record this season was 5-5.

There will be some new challenges for Coach Travis Clark and his staff but they’ve shown the ability to conquer challenges.

In the last eight years Culver City has won the Ocean League championship five times, Santa Monica has won twice and Inglewood has won once.


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