Channel Islands improves to 2-0

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Channel Islands High shook off an opening-game scoring drive by host Oak Park and handed the outmanned Eagles their second consecutive loss, 23-7, on Friday night.

The Raiders (2-0) rode running back Richard Gray all the way to their second win in as many weeks as the junior pounded out 233 yards on 23 carries, including a 53-yard touchdown scamper in third quarter for the final score of the game.

“We started off slow but we have a good team this year, a lot better than last year,” said Gray, who rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries in a Week 1 victory over Santa Barbara. “Our team is well-conditioned and they start a lot of guys on both sides of the ball. So we knew if we kept after them they would tire.”

That number of two-way starters would be six to be exact as Oak Park — a team coming off a 52-0 loss last week to Yucaipa — did all it could to stay with a deeper and experienced Channel Islands team, but committed too many costly penalties and turnovers in the loss on a night Oak Park dedicated its new athletic synthetic turf field…

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