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Oaks Christian Lives Up To Hype Against Alemany in Season Opener

Chris Coyle, Nick Montana and Malcolm Jones celebrating after winning their division title for Oaks Christian last season. LA TImes/Lori Shepler
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It’s sort of a cliché, but only because it’s so often true. In the Oaks Christian-Alemany high school football season opener Friday night, the well-known position players got the glory, but the game was won on the line of scrimmage.

In other words, it was the biggest players—players like six-foot, five-inch, 288-pound Cassius March—who came up biggest for Oaks Christian of Westlake Village on Friday as the Lions opened their 2009 season with a 28-17 win at Alemany in Mission Hills.

“There’s a lot of talent on the line,” March said after the game. “We’ve got the ability to control what goes on on the gridiron. This was a huge win for us.”

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March’s Oaks Christian team entered Friday’s 2009 season-opener with about as much hype as is possible for a high school team. The Lions combine a tradition of dominance (72-3 over the last half-dozen seasons) with highly sought-after talent (a half-dozen members of this year’s team have committed to Division I colleges) and parental star power (the team features the offspring of Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, and Will Smith).

And the stars did not disappoint. Quarterback Nick Montana (Joe’s son) completed 12-of-26 passes for 142 yards, while running back Malcolm Jones ran for an absurd 268 yards on 37 carries.