Thousand Oaks gets a huge lift from Luft

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Thousand Oaks had 80 yards and 60 seconds to score a touchdown if it wanted to win Friday’s Marmonte League football game against Simi Valley. Lancers quarterback Ryan Cloney had no doubt his team was up to the task. It’s easy to be that confident when your primary receiver is 6-foot-5 Matt Luft. The teams managed three touchdowns as a thick fog blanketed the field in the second half. It was a sharp contrast in the first half when the teams scored on nine of their first 10 possessions. Cloney, usually alone in the backfield, threw for 126 yards in the first half. Luft had 113 yards during that span. Kelley rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Simi Valley had allowed at least 23 points in its past four games entering Friday. Thousand Oaks had scored more than 28 points in five of six games. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the second play of Thousand Oaks’ final drive, Cloney lofted a ball from his team’s 20-yard line to Luft, who immediately broke a tackle and ran the final 30 yards into the end zone to give the Lancers a 38-34 victory at home. “I knew if I threw it anywhere near him, he’d come down with it,” said Cloney, who finished with 365 yards passing and four touchdowns. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Luft had 254 receiving yards and three touchdowns for the Lancers (6-1, 3-1). Devin Kelley rushed for 196 yards for Simi Valley (5-2, 2-2). Cloney struggled for most of the second half. He was intercepted once, sacked twice and forced to rush from the pocket several times. He figured things out in the fourth quarter and threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Malm on the next-to-last drive. Two plays after Thousand Oaks got the ball back, he completed the pass to Luft. Thousand Oaks was held scoreless throughout the third quarter and some of the final quarter, trailing 34-24 before its final two drives. last_img