REDONDO BEACH - For the first time all season, the San Pedro High football team faced true adversity heading into an intersectional showdown with host Redondo Union, but in this case, the Pirates were ahead and in total control.
The Seahawks would then take that control with a spirited home crowd spurring them on, a tenacious and blitzing defense that came up golden in most situations, and a fiery senior leader at quarterback that was not fazed and was never going to let his team lose under any circumstances.
Harrison Feacher ran for 81 yards on nine carries, and all three of Redondo's touchdowns, including his 25-yard touchdown with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter to power the Seahawks to a 25-24 victory over previously unbeaten San Pedro at the Sea Hawk Bowl, gaining their second victory in a row over the Pirates dating back to last year's thrilling 13-9 win at Pirate Stadium.
Feacher also shredded the San Pedro secondary by completing 28-of-38 passes for 237 yards and an interception.
San Pedro (3-1) was dominant early, taking a 10-0 lead with 40 seconds left in the first quarter on senior wideout Arron Scognamillo's 8-yard touchdown run. The defense forced three punts, two of which on three-and-out possessions by Redondo (4-1). The lead would grow to 17-7 with 2:09 left in the first half on Scognamillo's second touchdown run of five yards, ending a methodical drive of 14 plays and 81 yards, chewing up seven minutes and 20 seconds off the clock.
Senior defensive end Mario Roberson delivered a punishing hit on Feacher for a sack on the last play of the first half, but the Seahawks were out to make things different in the second half, and San Pedro was caught unprepared from the outset when Zane Zent recovered an onside kick at the start of the third quarter.
Junior defensive back Chris Lauro recovered a fumble in the red zone for San Pedro to stall Redondo's first attempt at coming back, but it eventually hurt the Pirates as an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone would result in a safety.
On Redondo's next series, Feacher was intercepted by San Pedro defensive lineman Manoah Tuiasosopo, and the Pirates would take a 24-9 lead three plays later with senior quarterback Mike Hannifin's 31-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Albert Martinez, on a play where the Seahawks were completely fooled when they blitzed, leaving Martinez wide open in the clear with 7:19 left in the third quarter.
For the remainder of the quarter, the Seahawks would run off a 13-play drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal by Colin Castillo as time expired.
The fourth quarter was all Redondo.
An extreme blitz was perfectly timed, jumping the snap, and blasting San Pedro sophomore quarterback Jacob Miller to cause a fumble, which Redondo's Alex Maimot recovered near midfield. Feacher would then deliver a 33-yard strike to Marcel Myers, setting up his own 15-yard touchdown run off a scramble to pull Redondo to within 24-19 with 8:28 remaining. The defense forced a quick three-and-out, and then...
Feacher would convert a fourth-and-1 play with a quarterback sneak, and then came the zone read.
Feacher fakes a handoff to Stephon Sudduth, and San Pedro converged on the running back. Bad idea. Feacher pulls the ball back and then waltzes into the end zone without anyone around for a 25-yard touchdown coming with 3:46 remaining in the game. It was a mirror image of his 30-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
San Pedro would march all the way to midfield, but Miller threw three straight incomplete passes, and was intercepted by Redondo's Salesi Fifita on the game's final play with 1:04 to go. Two kneel-downs from Feacher would end it all, and the Seahawks would prevail.
Senior running back Pete Palacios ran for a team-high 65 yards on 13 carries for San Pedro, and also caught two passes for 12 yards. Tuiasosopo ran for 41 yards on seven carries.
The Pirates will look to recover next Friday at Fairfax of Los Angeles for their final nonleague game of the year.