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PREP FOOTBALL: Cal Lutheran wins in rout, will face Cornerstone in second round

03/04/2013, 2:39pm PST
By By MARK E. STRODER For The Californian

WILDOMAR ---- Cal Lutheran's football players won't know until

WILDOMAR ---- Cal Lutheran's football players won't know until Monday exactly where they play their second-round playoff game next week.

But they do know they'll be in their own neighborhood.

Ben Schober rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and Matt Correia added 63 yards and three scores, leading the C-Hawks to a 61-0 victory over visiting Lancaster Antelope Valley Christian on Friday night in the first round of the CIF Southern Section 8-man Division II playoffs.

The C-Hawks earned a rematch with nearby Cornerstone Christian ---- a winner Friday, 52-30, over visiting Newport Beach Liberty Christian. A coin toss Monday will determine home field.

The two schools are within a mile of one another -- but the location may not matter. Cal Lutheran, ranked No. 3 in the Southern Section Division II 8-man poll, defeated the Crusaders, 49-8, two weeks ago.

"We're going to treat (Cornerstone) like any other team," said Correia, who scored three of his team's first four touchdowns. "We hope we can win the game big, and advance to the next round."

The C-Hawks (7-3) put Friday's game away quickly, scoring touchdowns on all six of their first-half possessions. They also converted five two-point conversion attempts.

Schober's 40-yard dash for a touchdown gave the C-Hawks a 24-0 lead in the first quarter.

"This game was a learning experience for us," said Schober, who scored three of the five times he touched the ball. "It gave us a chance to fine tune things, and also gave other people who don't get much playing time a chance to get in there."

By the time Cal Lutheran had scored its fifth touchdown -- on a 20-yard run by quarterback Phillip Harrison -- both coaches agreed to implement a running clock for the remainder of the game.

"Our run game was amazing tonight," said Harrison, who gained 48 yards in just four attempts. "We had huge holes, so we didn't need to use our passing game on them."

Antelope Valley Christian (3-7) was unable to move the ball. And after whiffing on an early punt attempt, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs on three straight first-half possessions.

The C-Hawks took advantage of a short field and feasted on an undermanned and outmatched opponent. Cal Lutheran outgained the Eagles in yards, 311-88.

Schober said his team needs to be ready to go the extra mile next week.

"It's just another game," he said. "We need to come out hard hitting and ready to play."

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