Palos Verdes got on the scoreboard on its sixth play of the game against Harvard-Westlake Friday night and never looked back.
Behind an offensive onslaught and an opportunistic defense, PV routed Harvard-Westlake 42-6 in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 first-round meeting at El Camino College.
PV (8-3) will host Aquinas in next Friday’s second round at a site to be determined.
Jake Jellison hit Julian Alessi in stride for a 37-yard touchdown pass to put PV up 7-0, and the Sea Kings were off and running.
“(Harvard-Westlake) committed to stop the run early,” PV coach Guy Gardner said. “It was nice to see Jake and Julian connect to set our offense up.”
After picking up 26 yards on the ground on its first drive, Ryan Wilson added 50 more on PV’s second drive, including a 5-yard score to make it 14-0.
Wilson scored on his next two touches, including a 46-yard TD run that gave PV a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. The junior tailback totaled 105 yards and three TDs on six carries.
“It felt good to score off the bat. It’s what we were really hoping for,” Wilson said. “It definitely sets the momentum. We know if we can score early, we settle in.”
While PV’s offense was giving Harvard-Westlake’s defense fits, its own defense was giving Harvard-Westlake headaches.
“We practiced certain things for tonight’s game,” Wilson said. “We blitzed a lot and wanted to keep pressure on (Harvard-Westlake’s) quarterback.”
Alessi and Luka Kielbasa both recorded interceptions in the first quarter, and Kielbasa returned his for a TD to give PV a 21-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the opening quarter.
“We knew they could run the ball after watching film,” Alessi said. “We just did our job and didn’t deviate from the game plan. We bent, but we didn’t break.”
Alessi and Kielbasa each had two interceptions, and Wilson recovered a fumble with 2:04 left in the second quarter. Harvard-Westlake (6-5) totaled 236 yards of offense, including 218 passing yards from Jameson Wang.
“The plan our coaching staff put in was fun to watch come together during the week,” Gardner said.
After Kielbasa’s second interception, Jellison and Alessi connected again, this time for a 52-yard TD that gave PV a 42-0 lead with 4:53 left in the first half.