It's The 'Pepper Spray' Rematch Between SPHS Football & Venice

Friday, November 26, 2010 will forever be known to San Pedro and Venice High football fans as: "The Pepper Spray Incident".

A simple postgame handshake gone terribly wrong when trash talking between the two schools ensued, then escalated into a scuffle that ended with school police getting involved, and 13 Pirate players along with a Venice ball boy getting maced in an attempt to restore order following the Gondoliers' 35-10 win in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I quarterfinals at Venice High.

Nearly two years later, these two perennial City Section powers will once again get it on in the 2012 CIF-LACS Division I quarterfinals at the place that spawned this infamous scene, on Friday at 7pm.

San Pedro (8-3 overall) comes into this quarterfinal by eliminating Fairfax of Los Angeles, 35-10 in their first round game, and Fairfax is one of Venice's rivals in the Western League. The Gondoliers (9-2), seeded No.3 in the tournament, are coming off a 56-14 rout of Sylmar.

Head coach Angelo Gasca has a history of producing high-powered offenses, and Venice averages 27 points a game in the first half all season, and 40.9 points overall. Junior quarterback Alexander Diamont, junior RB/CB Dajuan Parham and senior wide receiver Nicholas Ivy are top players for the Gondoliers, who in the past have problems dealing with Marine League teams in the quarterfinals.

Back in 2006, San Pedro stunned Venice, 27-26 in a game where the Gondoliers blew a 20-7 second quarter lead. In 2008, the Pirates blanked Venice, 31-0 at San Pedro High. Back in 2009, Narbonne of Harbor City eliminated Venice with a 48-32 win, and last year, Carson ran for nearly 500 yards in a 47-34 win over the Gondoliers.

Venice also lost a nonleague game, 21-19 to Banning of Wilmington, another Marine League school, in 2007.

All of that, along with 'The Incident', will be more than enough to motivate San Pedro.

San Pedro will be led by the senior running back trio of Darrell Santiago, Gregory Thomas and Devon Mitchell, but heady quarterback play from senior Jimmy Bryant will also be crucial. Defensively, San Pedro will be paced by senior linebackers Pete Palacios and Joseph Stanovich, who both forced turnovers against Fairfax last week. Palacios' interception, and Stanovich's fumble recovery, both led to Pirate touchdowns in the second half.

Keep a close eye though on junior linebacker Rudy Alvidrez and senior defensive ends Rayvonn Gaines and Trevor Thorp as they will all look to do some major damage, and senior WR/CB Josh Marshall has stepped it up on both sides in the last couple of weeks.

Expect sparks to fly in this encounter... and bring your goggles and gas masks while you're at it.

Views: 231


You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the

The is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

Britany Dean posted an event

Yoga4Aviva at Grand Park

November 12, 2016 from 8am to 1pm
Yoga4Aviva will be one of the largest community yoga events ever held in Grand Park in Downtown LA. Benefiting Aviva Family and Children's Services -- one of LA's leading non-profit agencies providing services to at-risk children and families -- Yoga4Aviva is aimed at raising awareness about the mental health needs of at-risk youth. The event will include a yoga master class taught by internationally acclaimed yoga instructor Rajashree Choudhury and Uprising Yoga. A special yoga class for kids…See More
3 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street's 2 blog posts were featured
5 hours ago
Profile IconMartha Flores-Gibson and Amy Rocha joined San Pedro News Pilot
5 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post San Pedro High Football Scores Big Win Over Banning At Coliseum

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

San Pedro High Football Scores Big Win Over Banning At Coliseum

LOS ANGELES - Getting new alternate charcoal jerseys may have looked good on the outside for San Pedro High football but...There was a lot of fire on the inside of the bellies of the Pirates as they took on Harbor Area neighbor Banning of Wilmington in the 80th Battle Of The Harbor with a lot at stake in this Marine…See More
Dawn Clark-Johnson posted an event

Antonio Sacre is "The Storyteller" at Institute of Musical Arts

November 12, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm
We are so excited, and ready to laugh out loud, because Storyteller Antonio Sacre is returning to the IMA for the third year with his new show, “The Storyteller”. Born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, Antonio's hilarious stories are drawn from growing up bilingual and bicultural as a Cuban-Irish-American. With humor, (he calls himself a Leprechauno), he blends two cultures and four unbelievable stories into one compelling narrative about what it means to be paid to "lie"…See More
Sarah Bullion's blog post was featured

STARS at The Music Center's 38th Annual Very Special Arts Festival

San Pedro students will join more than 5,000 students of all abilities to be stars for the day in The Music Center’s…See More
Oct 15
Sarah Bullion posted a blog post

STARS at The Music Center's 38th Annual Very Special Arts Festival

San Pedro students will join more than 5,000 students of all abilities to be stars for the day in The Music Center’s…See More
Oct 15

© 2016   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service