Four minutes into the second quarter, it appeared Ventura St. Bonaventure was well on it's way to avenging their 59-13 blowout loss to Westlake Village Oaks Christian from a year ago, with a rout of their own.
Following Darrell Scott's third touchdown run, the Seraphs were up 27-0 with 8:02 left in the second quarter.
But while the Seraphs would eventually pull it out, the two Chris's for Oaks Christian, quarterback Chris Potter and receiver Chris Owusu, led a valiant charge to make the game much closer than it appeared it would be, and show that even in defeat, the Lions haven't lost their trademark toughness.
Scott started the scoring early, running in an eight-yard touchdown at 8:44 in the first quarter. Five minutes later, quarterback Tony Macarena took it in from a yard out to make it 13-0.
In the second quarter, Scott scored on a 30-yarder with 8:36 left then after a turnover, Scott scored from five yards out to make it 27-0, and then the rout was on.
Then Potter got going and got the Lions on the board, hitting Owusu for a 44-yard touchdown. Just a few plays later, though, Scott scored his fourth touchdown, a 65-yard run to stem the Lions momentum. But Potter would answer again, scoring from seven yards out just before the end of the half to make it 34-13 after two quarters.
The third quarter belonged to the Lions, scoring twice, first on a 13-yard pass from Potter to Chris Coyle and then on a Malcolm Jones run from 13-yards out to make it 34-27.
The Seraphs started the fourth with a drive, when Scott fumbled. Oaks celebrated as if they recovered it, but the officials ruled Scott was down. Two plays later, Scott showed why he's the best running back in the country, bouncing off a handful of Lion defenders, and was gone, scoring from 51-yards out, his fifth time reaching paydirt.
Oaks responded with another Jones touchdown run, making it 41-33 and the Seraphs were going to turn it over to Scott to run the clock.
Then the Lions defense stepped up, hitting Scott for a two-yard loss on a 3rd and 1. Forced to punt, Scott, who also punts for the Seraphs, nailed a beauty that landed at the two-yard line, looked destined for the end zone, but went horizontal, and bounced out of bounds.
Forced into the shadows of their own goalline, Oaks had a large task ahead. A Potter pass was tipped and picked off by Loren Powers, and the Seraphs ran out the clock to knock off the Lions, 41-33.
The loss was the first for Oaks in 49 games, and for the Seraphs, gave them a huge leg up in their quest for the Southern California D-III state championship bowl game spot.
Scott finished with 236 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries while Macarena was 9-for-11 for 102 yards and an interception. Casey Serna was the Seraphs leading receiver, with six catches for 59 yards. Patrick Hall had a monster game defensively, recovering a fumble, intercepting a pass and blocking a PAT.
Potter ended the game with 283 yards passing on 20-of-25 throwing, but threw two picks. He also picked off a Macarena pass and ran in a touchdown and rushed for 58 yards. Owusu had nine receptions for 165 yards and Jones ended with 101 yards rushing and two scores.
St. Bonaventure improved to 4-0 and Oaks Christian dropped to 2-1.