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Football: St. Anthony Runs Past West Torrance For Road Win

Two games into the 2023 high school football season and one thing has been made clear: St. Anthony can put up some points. The Saints improved to 2-0 on Friday night thanks to a 62-29 road victory over West Torrance. 

St. Anthony has now scored 117 points in two games after scoring 126 points all of last season, and a big reason for that instant improvement is due to their rushing attack. A reworked offensive line has done its job so far, opening up holes for a talented stable of running backs.

JoJo Apisala was a monster in Friday’s win, racking up 256 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn’t alone, however, as senior Elijah Lolesio-Pua added 168 yards on the ground and two scores of his own.

Apisala opened the scoring with a 44-yard TD scamper in the first quarter, one of three first-half TDs for the junior. The teams went back-and-forth in that opening half, as the Saints led 29-22 at the break.

The Saints were able to get some breathing room in the third as a 65-yard score by Apisala made it a two-touchdown lead, then senior QB Adrian Perez hooked up with Jasiah Lolesio-Pua for a 46-yard TD strike to give the Saints a 43-22 advantage.

Jasiah later added a punt return touchdown, and Marco Camacho punched in the Saints’ seventh rushing TD of the night to cap the scoring.

St. Anthony will look to keep the train rolling next Friday night as they host unbeaten Dominguez at Clark Field.

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Tyler Hendrickson
Tyler Hendrickson was born and raised in Long Beach, and started covering sports in his hometown in 2010. After five years as a sportswriter, Tyler joined the athletic department at Long Beach State University in 2015. He spent more than four years in the athletic communications department, working primarily with the Dirtbags baseball program. Tyler also co-authored of The History of Long Beach Poly: Scholars & Champions.