SAMOHI — The California Interscholastic Federation recently approved a rule change for high school football that is aimed at stopping blowouts before they get even uglier.

The rule change calls for the clock to continue running during the fourth quarter of games if one team is up 35 points or more.

The rule is well intended, but at least one local coach said that he had no problem with the old method.

“If I could put up the points, I would,” said Travis Clark, Santa Monica High School’s head coach. “I don’t mind it when opponents do it, it’s not Pop Warner.”

He said that the old system allowed opposing coaches to agree to a running clock late in blowouts, so this latest rule change is just putting something into stone that was previously a gentlemen’s agreement.

On the field, Samohi is schedule to play a non-contact passing game against Marina del Rey’s St. Bernard’s today. It’s the first action Samohi will see against an opponent.

Samohi opens the season Sept. 9 against Leuzinger at Santa Monica College’s Corsair Field.

Former Samohi star shines

Tyler Skaggs, who played his high school baseball at Samohi, started the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Phoenix.

Skaggs, a highly-touted pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, started for the U.S. team against the World squad. He pitched a scoreless inning.

Skaggs’ rise to baseball notoriety has been swift. Since being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels with the 40th pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009, Skaggs has already been a part of a major trade involving fellow hurler Dan Haren and, for a time this season, led all minor leaguers in strikeouts.

The appearance in the exhibition held in the days before the MLB All-Star game was Skaggs’ second all-star selection this season. He represented single-A Visalia in the California League game last month.

Baseball America has ranked him 19th in its midseason list of the top 50 prospects in the sport.

daniela@www.smdp.com

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