NOW WE’RE HERE: Crenshaw High completed its improbable run to the City Section Division I championship last Friday by defeated Narbonne 20-13. The Cougars and head coach Robert Garrett celebrate here at East Los Angeles College with the championship plaque. Full Image 360/Jevone Moore Photo
With starling come from behind victory over top seeded Narbonne, Crenshaw rallied from 13 points down to capture the Los Angeles City Section Div. I football championship 20-13 on Friday at East Los Angeles College.
“We started from the bottom and now we’re her,” said Cougars coach Robert Garrett. Garrett said this title was the most pleasing of the five City championships he’s won at Crenshaw in his 25-year tenure.
“We don’t have any four or five star kids, they are just kids who continue to work hard and get better,” Garret said while hoisting the trophy.
As anticipated it was a cold night and the frigid temperatures continue to hover over the usually warm Southland and Crenshaw and Narbonne slugged it out in front of a crowd of less than 4,000.
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, a game that featured three safeties on bad punt snaps, but it was more than the elements that Narbonne failed to overcome.
Crenshaw finished the season 10-4 and won the city title for the fifth time during Garret’s reign and the fourth Division I title for Coach Robert Garrett.
Cougar’s receiver Michael Simmons was fantastic on the night, making clutch catches for key first downs and finished with 99 yards on seven receptions.
Narbonne concluded its season at 11-3 and led 13-0, but could not deny Crenshaw.
Two of the Cougars reflected on the passing of world anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Cory Walker said, "He was great man! One of my dreams is to go to Africa and find out what tribe I'm from."
Also added Robert Sanders [he was a]"Great person who went through a lot, Mandela will really be missed."
Coach Robert Ambers and his View Park completed its undefeated season (13-0) by winning the City Section Division III champion and were rewarded to play in its first CIF state championship bowl game and will play in the Division IV Southern California regional bowl game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bakersfield Christian (11-2).
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