The first football game under the lights at Malibu High School in four years did not yield the result nearly 2,000 fans were hoping for. The Sharks fell 49-6 to the league rival Fillmore High School Flashes.
The lone score for the Sharks came with just 0:21 seconds left in the game when quarterback Chase Gardella connected with Apollo Loomis for a 27-yard touchdown.
Malibu had no counter to Fillmore's ground attack in the first half, which was well equipped to deal with the blustery winds and gusts above 25 mph. Fillmore senior running back Collin Farrar scored four touchdowns in the first half, and sophomore back Justin Coert added two more touchdowns in the second half.
The loss snapped the Sharks five game winning streak. Malibu is 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Santa Ana wind gusts reached up to 40 mph at times in the area near the field, according to the National Weather Service.
Before the game, students, parents, donors and city and school district officials celebrated the first game under the lights in years.
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The Sharks will be back in action under the lights on Friday, Nov. 2 as they wrap up regular season play in a battle for second place in the Frontier League against Santa Clara.