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S.F. CAN'T RUIN SYLMAR SYLMAR 28, S. FERNANDO 25.

Byline: Gary Miereanu Special to the Daily News

Nobody said perfection comes easily.

Donnell Livingston recovered an errant pitch and, moments later, caught a 27-yard touchdown pass to lift Sylmar past host San Fernando 28-25 in a Valley Mission League game before a capacity crowd of approximately 8,000 fans Friday night.

San Fernando (5-4, 2-2) took command from the outset, posting an 18-0 lead on the unbeaten Spartans (9-0, 4-0). Sylmar fought back with 21 unanswered points of its own, only to see the Tigers retake the advantage 25-21 on Bobby Stanley's 21-yard scoring run with 4:18 left in the game.

A short kick and 20-yard Legger Thompson return gave Sylmar the ball at midfield. The Spartans advanced to a second-and-5 situation at the 14-yard line when quarterback John Valdez pitched the ball behind Livingston, the running back outracing three Tigers defenders to dive on the ball. On the next play, Livingston caught a short pass over the middle and outdashed everyone to the end zone for the winning score.

``The coaches tell us never to doubt ourselves, and big plays make big things happen,'' Livingston said. ``When everyone does their job - everyone blocks, John makes the pass - then all I have to do is make the catch. Everybody on the field made that happen.''
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 4, 2000
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