It’s only October, but there was a playoff preview when Dorsey hosted Venice last Friday for its homecoming game.
Venice roared into Jackie Robinson Stadium and slipped out with thrilling in 31-29-nail biter.
Venice’s defense stepped up big in second half to force three turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 Interception) in the red zone to keep the Dons at bay.
Dorsey was on the 14 yard line licking its chops before quarterback Noah Whitney was picked off in end zone by Venice’s defense back Leon Stewart, who then sprinted 103 yards for a touchdown in third quarter and provide the Gondos with a razor thin one point lead at 16-15 with 5:55 showing on clock. Whitney had a record-breaking night passing for the Dons with 4 touchdowns pass (87 yards, 54 yards, 51 yards, 12 yards) for 345 yards.
The game could have been one by either team, but it was Venice which bolted to the front of the line as the City team to beat.
Dorsey battled back after WR Jermale Jefferson took a swing pass behind line of scrimmage for 54 yards touchdown that brought Dorsey within two points after the score and successful two- point conversion at 3:15 left in regulation. Jefferson was a key performer being recipient of three touchdowns for the Dons.
Venice muscled Dorsey with its powerful its ground game to eat the clock up behind running backs Alijah Lee and Joseph “Bruiser” Dews, the duo combined for more than 200 plus yards on the evening. Quarterback Alexander Diamont scrambling ability eluded the Dorsey defense at will, rushing for a touchdown and an emphatic two point conversion that that sealed the deal. “Dons were talking a lot, and pissed us off, then we let out the beast,” said Diamont.
Venice head coach Angelo Gaskin was pleased with his team performance, “It’s about wins, not yards we survived tonight and got a big win!”
These two teams should make some noise as they move through their own league games.
Next week all teams enter league play, Dorsey (2-3) will travel to Ranch Dominguez Prep (1-4) and Venice (3-2) will host Hamilton (2-3) on Oct 11th.
View Park Knights Remain Undefeated
It was the Battle of Red, Black & White uniforms when View Park Prep put it’s undefeated record up against unheralded Morningside.
The Knights of View Park took that honor keeping their undefeated season rolling to 5-0 in the 36-14 victory over host Morningside Monarchs. It was a tight game of good defenses and penalties by both teams until the will of Knights took over in the fourth quarter exploding for 20 points.
Senior two-way starter LB/ RB/ WR Cameron Griffin was all over the field for View Park Prep. The tall rangy 6’5 star scored four touchdowns and amassed 151 all purpose yards (28 yard reception, 20 yard reception, 30 yard rush, 2 yard rush) and also recorded 14 solo tackles with 8 assists tackles, including an interception. Griffin said after game, “Defense was big tonight, and offense finally broke through….it feels good to be a part of this special team (being undefeated).”
Not to be out done on the night was nickel back Aaron Lewis had three picks on Monarchs quarterback Clarence Jackson who finished an nightmare performance, completing just 17 - 40 passing for 230 yards.
Lewis was outstanding at preventing the Monarchs from sustaining drives. His ball hawking performance and as he stated afterward, “Practice and repetition of their plays during the week made the game easier!”
The game started with a lot of great tough runs, which resulted in Morningside clinging to an early 8-6 lead at end first quarter. Somewhere in midst of that both offensive coordinators fell in love with the pass. By the half the teams combined had amassed 14 penalties (3 personal fouls) with plenty of delay of games, as the coordinators were trying play chess with defenses. This allowed both teams defenses to pin back ears due to teams having to pass to get first downs.
The Morningside offense had plenty of missed opportunities to regain the momentum all night. They showed flashes of greatness with their quickness and speed on the edges. The one steady option was Christian Williams running back that had 95 yards on 16 carries. As they enter Bay League play next week a balance attack will go a long way to start win streak back.
Up next View Park (5-0) will travel to Hawkins (1-4) Oct. 18th & Morningside (3-2) will travel to Santa Monica (2-2) Oct 11th.