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SCOF( S Football Squad Defeats Division I Champion, Wins Tournament By Steven Herbert The Beverly Hills High lootball team had "an extremely successful" summer, coach Carter Paysinger said this week. "We're going into August with the strongest team we've had to my knowledge and with receivers and backs that have improved so much that it's been impressive to our entire coaching staff," Paysinger said. The biggest reason for the optimism has been the play of sophomore quarterback Ollie Linter, Paysinger said. "The kid ended last season thinking he would play JV or possibly receiver on the varsi- ty," Paysinger said. "In February, when t2000 starting quarterback] Leon Jackson trans- ferred [to Dorsey], he changed his entire mindset to be the guy. He's worked extremely hard and earned the respect of all of his teammates. It's been an exciting time for him to emerge as he has." Cornerback Farbod Farzinfaid, defensive back Matt Walker and linebackers Harry Ditlove, Harry Metrano and Sassan Rafailzadeh all also played well throughout the sum- mer, Paysinger said. The Normans concluded their month-long series of seven-on-seven touch football games played in shorts and T-shirts by reaching the quarterfinals of the 38-team North County Tournament at El Camino High in Oceanside, where they lost to Bishop Amat, 18-12, Saturday. "The kids played well," Paysinger said. Beverly Hills opened the tournament by defeating Sanger, Wilson and El Camino, Friday. The Normans were without some starters for their first two games because they were taking final exams in summer school. Receiver Brandon Matloff caught two touchdown passes and two two-point conversions against Sanger. "He really stood out in the absence of Donnie Richardson,"Paysinger said. "The biggest key was that kid stepping up." Beverly Hills won the 20-team Arroyo Grande Tournament, defeating all seven of its opponents July 20-21 at Arroyo Grande High for its second consecutive tournament cham- pionship. The Normans were the only team to post a 7-0 record, defeating Santa Maria, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Bakersfield, Bakersfield Liberty, Santa Barbara and Righetti. "Oilie threw well," said Paysinger, who also praised the play of running back Lorenzo Bursey and receiver Sonny Shackleford. "I thought our linebackers, Harry Metrano and Harry Ditlove played well. Donnie Richardson had a real good tournament." The five-man Beverly Hills team of Jon Anthony, Jon Gluck, Aaron Kahensohayegh; Charley Kaine and Jason Yu finished second in the linemen competition, successfully lift- ing 185 pounds 99 times, eight behind Paso Robles' record 107. The Normans defeated Southern Section Division I champion Long Beach Poly, 28-21, July 24 at Long Beach Poly, on Linter's touchdown pass to Donnie Richardson on their final possession. Linter threw two touchdown passes to Richardson and a third to Bursey. Backup quar- terback Sean Waterman threw a touchdown pass to Shacklelord and defeated the Jackrabbits for the second consecutive year. "When we go down there, the feeling of being in awe is pretty much over," Paysinger said. Long Beach Poly has an enrollment of about 4,500, about 2,400 more than Beverly Hills, school officials said. The large school population allows it to have a great pool of linemen, backs, receivers and defensive backs, Paysinger said. "In a passing tournament, you take the linemen out of it, so it's our skill guys against their skill guys and our scheme versus their scheme and we seem to do pretty well against just about anybody," Paysinger said. "Our kids played well against those guys." Like all Southern Section teams, the Normans are in the midst of the so-called dead peri- od until the start of two-a-day practices Aug. 20. No on-the-field coaching is permitted, but players are allowed to use school facilities to run and lift weights. Various coaches will be coming to the school over the next two weeks to oversee the weight training. The coaches will not be paid for those duties, Paysinger said. "Our philosophy is to give the kids the best opportunity to be successful," Paysinger said. "In doing that, invariably, you do a lot of things you're not paid for. We're not paid to do the summer passing leagues, but those are things as a professional you have to do to give best the opportunity to the kids." Beverly Hills is scheduled to open its 75th season Sept. 7 at South Torrance. Its first home game is scheduled for Sept. 21 against North Torrance. M[ Sports editor Steven Herbert has covered sports for The Associated Press, Los Angeles 71rues and Washington Post. 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