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LAKE BALBOA —Canoga Park senior Kayden Collins is a big-play waiting to happen.
Give him a window, he’ll jump into it. If he sees a sliver of space, he’ll dash through it. Even if a broken play is destined for negative yardage, he’ll escape the backfield with his Houdini-like movement.
But on Friday night, Collins’ dazzling footwork wasn’t enough to over come Venice’s big plays in a 36-9 loss in the City Section Division I final at Birmingham Charter.
Collins ran for 116 yards and the team’s lone touchdown on 25 carries, including a 44-yard run in the third quarter to make it 22-9. Junior Dane Reed, the team’s second-leading rusher didn’t play in the second half due to injury.
“We tried to give (Venice) different looks,” Canoga Park coach David Perez said. “But it wasn’t enough.”
Venice’s Robert Lamar scored three touchdowns to anchor the Gondoliers first-ever City title victory.
The Hunters started the night with an 8-minute drive that ended with a field goal by Geovanni Rivera to take a 3-0 lead, but it took Venice under a minute to respond and take the lead when quarterback Paul Kessler connected with Jamier Flowers on a 71-yard touchdown play to take a 7-3 lead that Venice (8-3) never relinquished for the rest of the night.
The next possession, Rashawn Jackson took a reverse 59 yards for a touchdown. In just five plays, Venice led 14-3, which ended up being the halftime score.
Lamar scored a touchdown in each quarter in the second half en route to Venice’s lopsided victory. In the fourth quarter, each time Collins went into the Canoga Park (8-5) huddle it was obvious he was taking a beating. His white jersey was a much darker color than the rest of his team’s, despite the game being played on turf.
Canoga Park started the postseason seeded No. 13 and won all three games on the road before playing in the final Friday night.
“I’m beyond proud of this team,” Perez said. “These guys are like my kids. I tell them that.”
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