Oaks Christian Lives Up To Hype Against Alemany in Season Opener
Guest post by Mark Dittmer/Special to LAist
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.”
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.