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Football: Embarrassment of riches for Oaks Christian

The loudest murmur among the players and coaches assembled today at the CIF football championship luncheon at the Grand in Long Beach came when Oaks Christian Bill Redell introduced the players he had brought with him from Westlake Village.

When the players stood, a couple of them standing 6 feet 5 and weighing close to 300 pounds, it was easily the most imposing group among the 27 teams assembled.

Redell also made sure to mention the college that each player was headed to, surely triggering some envy among his counterparts. The players were linemen Cassius Marsh (Louisiana State), Erik Kohler (Washington) and Alani Fua (Brigham Young), quarterback Nick Montana (Washington), running back Malcolm Jones (UCLA) and linebacker Zac Stout (Brigham Young).

Asked whether he thought his team should receive an invitation to the state championship open division bowl game should it defeat Gardena Serra on Friday in the Northwest Division title game, Redell said "it really doesn't matter to me. We just would like to be in a state championship game. Would I prefer to be in the open division? Probably, but if we can get in that's the big thing."

Did the Lions play a tough enough schedule to warrant getting the open bid? Redell pointed to victories over Washington state champion Skyline, Alemany, which has reached the Western Division title game, and Venice, which finished 10-2 after losing in a City Section quarterfinal game.

"We beat some good teams," Redell said.

A victory over unbeaten Gardena Serra would considerably boost the Lions' case, though it's hard to imagine anyone nudging an unbeaten Edison team out of the open division game provided the Chargers defeat Servite in the Pac-5 championship.

--Ben Bolch

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Sounds like some of you people are just jealous of Oaks and the kids that get to go there. Go OC!


Wise words by Press Box John. Just ask the fans of Harvard-Westlake who were chanting "overrated" right up until Oaks went 80 yards in 4 plays for a TD on their opening drive on their way to a 45-10 win.


If you need bulletin board material to get excited about this game you don't belong on the field. Both teams will be ready regardless. That's pretty irrelevant

mike m

we'll find about the"myth' of oaks next year when they actually have to play real teams like bonnie,westlake and moorpark.then we'll find out how great they are.

Press Box John

Serra folks - be careful what you ask for. Why trash talk and give them bulletin board material? Coach Redell's teams always show up and compete hard and giving them extra incentive is not a good thing. Worry about this Friday and not what might happen in the state bowl games.


Once Serra beats Oaks I think the discussion could begin. But without a doubt if Serra does slay Goliath then they will definitely deserve a bowl game.


If Gardena Serra beats the Oaks Christian Lions, should Serra be invited to the Open Division? Afterall, Oaks Christian has beaten some "supernatural" teams! They beat Alexanders' Army, England's battleships, and Skyline of WA! Makes sense doesn't it. This is a legitimate question that the L.A. Times should have asked that arrogant and over-rated coach. Why not ask that question? Are you guys afraid of Will Smith, Joe Montana, Gretsky? The free CIF lunch? Who are you afraid of Times? Come on! How about some responsible journalism, here!

Gary Shekerjian

Oaks Christian beat some good teams ? No, they beat 2 good teams and 11 very, very bad teams. More importantly, if Oaks Christian is elevated to the Open Division, the only teams left to represent DIII are Taft and Corcoran of the Central division. The first is not even rated in the top 20 of the Central section and the second is rated 19th. That makes a lot of sense. The only team worth of a selection in the Central division is undefeated and State Ranked Bullard.

Better use common sense and put Crenshaw or Oceanside or Edison in the Open if those teams win their Finals. Oaks Christian still gets their State Bowl game but the DIII game does not become irrelevant. And shame on the CIF for allowing Oaks Christian, where their entire football team is what one could call "ringers" to pretend they are a typical school with an enrollment of 500 kids, beat up normal schools with 500 kids that have no D1 talent, and then act like they did something special. I bet most JC programs could beat most DII schools by 50 each week too, but we dont allow them to schedule each other.


I blame the LA Times for propagating the jokes xtian "myth". It is preposterous that jokes is even in the Open Bowl Game discussion.


It's funny how people outside of Cali think that Oaks Christian is one of our powerhouse programs. I saw a news story of the star power at the school and the "success" they've had and I wanted to puke. Real high school fans know they play "nobody" consistently.

The Edison, Fontana, Carson, Banning, Bishop Amat and Poly teams of the eighties would crush Oaks. Not to Mention the 90's; Eisenhower, Mater Dei, and the Poly. And 2000's: Poly, OLU, Edison, Los Al, and Loyola.

One will never know how good they are if they had to play at hostile environments like Vet's, OCC, and the Santa Ana Bowl.

I would love to know their answer when a loaded Poly team invites them to come to the LBC next year. They will probably say, "Sorry, we play Venice, Muir, or LB Jordan that week". Oaks Christian is selling garbage to the media and CIF state commisioners and they are buying it. Pathetic!


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