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Santa Monica improved to 2-1 in Southern California with a 27-13 defeat of Los Angeles Saturday.

Los Angeles jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game, taking advantage of a slow start by Santa Monica.

“We thought we’d warmed up well. It was a hot day today in Southern California, so I don’t know if it was that,” said Santa Monica coach Doug Bratcher. “Everybody sort of felt flat, and it took them a while to wake up.”

Dave Martini scored the first try for Santa Monica in the 25th minute. Flyhalf Michael Hobbs put a chip kick over the LA defense, and Martini ran onto it in stride and sped in for the score.

Lock Aaron Davis scored the next one to put Santa Monica in front 14-13, which is where the score remained until the 70th minute, when Hobbs slotted a penalty to extend the lead to four points. Five minutes later he put Santa Monica up a full converted try with a dropgoal.

Hooker Pat King scored another try near full time to seal the win for the Dolphins.