AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Tartars rushed for 323 yards en route to a 48-36 victory over Lawndale at Zamperini Stadium on Friday night. With the win, Torrance (5-3, 3-0) clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season and is in position for its first league title since 1984, Coach Rock Hollis said. “I figured coming in whoever had the ball last was going to win,” Hollis said. “We knew we were going to have to put up a lot of points to beat them.” Early on, Torrance’s three-pronged running attack of Michael Andrews, Keami Owens, and Ryan Davis was nearly unstoppable. Torrance marched to a 14-0 lead, scoring on its first two possessions of the game. Torrance rushed for 203 yards in the first half for a 34-14 lead. PIONEER LEAGUE: Tartars hold off spirited rally from Lawndale, remain atop standings. By Stephen McFadden CORRESPONDENT In a game that featured two high-powered rushing attacks, Torrance’s double-wing T was simply too overpowering. But after Torrance stretched its lead to 41-14 early in the third quarter, Lawndale (4-4, 0-3) rose to the challenge. The Cardinals scored three consecutive touchdowns to cut the lead to only five points with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Torrance responded with a game-clinching 80-yard touchdown drive for the final margin of victory midway through the fourth quarter on Davis’ 12-yard touchdown run. Torrance quarterback Jack McCormick was 4-for-5 for 64 yards and three touchdowns. McCormick’s four completions and three passing touchdowns were both season highs for the senior. “It’s fun running the ball,” McCormick said. “But it’s nice when I get the opportunity to throw it. We liked our matchups on the outside with their corners playing tight on the run and we were really able to take advantage.” Andrews led all rushers with 146 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 55 yards for a score. Owens got Torrance on the board with a 6-yard run early in the first quarter. The run capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive. After forcing a three-and-out, Torrance again moved the ball with ease. McCormick connected with Andrews for a 26-yard scoring strike. Lawndale answered on Kelvin Rutledge’s 33-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-6. Rutledge, who finished with 140 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, was a thorn in Torrance’s side all night. On the ensuing kickoff after two personal fouls against Lawndale’s coaching staff, Andrews returned the short kick 55 yards for a score. Thomas rushed for a 10-yard touchdown to give Torrance a 28-14 lead minutes later and McCormick added a 10-yard scoring strike to Erick Kendle to go into the half with a 34-14 lead. Hollis was relieved to get the win, emphasizing the importance of execution. “It doesn’t matter who we play,” Hollis said. “We have to do our job, no matter who it is. “We have to play our game. If we are able to execute our game plan, I am pretty confident that we have a good chance to win every week.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!