Long Beach Poly’s offense struggled in the first half of their showdown with rival Lakewood, but quarterback Chaiyse Hales and Poly’s offense sprinted past Lakewood in the second half for four touchdowns. Poly is now in the drivers seat for the Moore league championship. Photo by Ken Brooks. Long Beach Poly and Venice take control of their leagues, and Marine league heats up with Carson at Narbonne on Friday.By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Long Beach Poly may have wrapped up the Moore league after only one game of league play as they knocked off rival Lakewood 38-21. Things did not look good for Poly in the first half, as their offense only produced three points and they trailed 14-10 at halftime. But Poly’s offense lit up the scoreboard in the second half with four touchdowns to Lakewood’s one. Poly played great on defense all night, holding Lakewood to minus 13 yards rushing, and they recorded five sacks in the game. Lakewood is usually the only team that gives Poly problems in the Moore league, so it would appear that they have an easy road to the league title, but Long Beach Cabrillo has been a surprise this season, posting a 6-1 record. But it is a bit far fetched to think that they will knock off Poly when the two meet on the final game of the season. If Cabrillo can knock off Lakewood this Friday night, that final game of the season against Poly will be very interesting. In the Marine league nothing much happened this past Friday night, as the top three teams, Narbonne, Carson, and San Pedro, beat up on Banning, Gardena, and Washington, the bottom three teams in the league. But this Friday night will be the first of three consecutive weeks of tough Marine league football, as Carson travels to Narbonne. The winner of the game will have an early leg up, but San Pedro plays at Carson next week, and Narbonne plays at San Pedro the week after. If any of those teams can go 2-0 in those games, they will more than likely win the league. But do not be surprised if the three teams split all of the games. In the event of a three-way tie, a coin flip determines the league champion. In the Western league, Venice took their first step to winning another league title, which they have won or shared every year since 2003. Venice knocked off Fairfax, who was the last Western league team to defeat them back in 2005. Fairfax played close with Venice for three quarters. But they were down 28-21 entering the fourth quarter, and Venice scored 17 unanswered points to win the game 45-21. It looked like Westchester would be a team that could possibly knock Venice off, especially after their 4-0 start, but after losing to Hamilton this past Friday, they are on a two game losing streak and they are not looking like a team that can compete with a team like Venice. After losing to San Pedro, Westchester followed that up by losing a heartbreaker to Hamilton. Hamilton was losing by one point with 2:45 remaining in the game, and they were at their own two-yard line, so it looked like they were in serious trouble.Hamilton running back Kwame Duggins took a pitch, but instead of running a sweep, he dropped back to pass. Westchester read run all the way, and Duggins threw the ball to a wide open Tavien Beamon, who then raced down the field for a 98-yard game-winning touchdown. The final score was 27-20.With Fairfax out of Venice’s way, and Westchester on a two game losing streak, it looks like Hamilton will be the team to give Venice a run for their money. Westchester will get their crack at Venice first, as the two teams play this Friday at Venice. Last week’s resultsCrenshaw 67, Manual Arts 12Dorsey 21, West Adams 12Locke 27, Fremont 14Carson 30, Banning 9Narbonne 45, Gardena 20San Pedro 48, Washington 12Garfield 35, Jordan 21Belmont 41, Los Angeles 25Hamilton 27, Westchester 20Palisades 42, University 35Venice 45, Fairfax 21Jefferson 39, Contreras 0St. Bernard 48, Bosco Tech 7Palos Verdes 62, Leuzinger 0Verbum Dei 43, Mary Star 27Gardena Serra 40, Cathedral 0Long Beach Cabrillo 18, Compton 14Long Beach Poly 38, Lakewood 21Beverly Hills 42, Hawthorne 7Culver City 41, Morningside 6Santa Monica 28, Inglewood 15Compton Centennial 36, North Torrance 7El Segundo 27, Lawndale 17Dominguez 41, Lynwood 19This week’s scheduleCrenshaw (3-2) at Fremont (3-3) Dorsey (5-1) vs. Manual Arts (4-2) at Rancho Cienega Park West Adams (1-5) at Locke (3-3), 3 p.m.Jordan (2-5) at Roosevelt (4-3)Fairfax (3-3) at University (3-3) Hamilton (4-2) at Palisades (1-5)Westchester (4-2) at Venice (2-4)Carson (3-3) at Narbonne (4-2)Gardena (1-5) at San Pedro (6-0)Washington (2-4) at Banning (2-4)Jefferson (6-0) at Belmont (3-4)Los Angeles (2-5) at Bernstein (1-5)Hawthorne (4-2) vs. Morningside (3-3) at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood), Thursday, 7 p.m.Peninsula (4-2) at Leuzinger (0-6)St. Francis (6-0) at Gardena Serra (4-2)Lakewood (4-2) at Long Beach Cabrillo (6-1)Long Beach Wilson (3-3) at Compton (1-6)Culver City (5-1) vs. Inglewood (1-5) at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood)Compton Centennial (5-1) at South Torrance (3-3)Lawndale (1-5) at North Torrance (1-5)Paramount (2-4) at Lynwood (2-4)Warren (2-4) at Dominguez (4-2)Sentinel top 101. Long Beach Poly (5-1)2. Crenshaw (3-2)3. Dorsey (5-1)4. Narbonne (4-2)5. Lakewood (4-2)6. Carson (3-3)7. Gardena Serra (4-2)8. Culver City (5-1)9. San Pedro (6-0)10. Venice (2-4)
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