Junior wide receiver Bill Parker is one of several new players on Fairfax’s varsity team. Against Canoga Park he finished with three receptions for 62 yards, including this 46-yard catch off of a screen pass. Photo by Jason Lewis
Long Beach Poly junior running back Manusamoa Luuga grinded out 91 yards on 17 carries, as Poly defeated Narbonne 19-16. Photo by Ken Brooks By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Fairfax bounces back Before Fairfax’s game at Canoga Park this past Friday night, Fairfax head coach Shane Cox said that his team always has a game early in the season where they just do not play up to par, and they build off of that game for the rest of the season. That was true last year when they lost at Chaminade 42-13 in the third game of the season. After that game they got their act together and rolled all the way to a Division II City Section championship. After losing some talented players from that team, they had their bad game right out of the gate this year, losing at Harvard-Westlake 51-14. In that game they turned the ball over five times. Cox said that the goal is to get a little better one game at a time, and that’s just what Fairfax did in their 27-21 overtime win over Canoga Park. “Our team had a win,” Cox said. “That’s what they needed to see, how to win. We have a lot of new guys, we have a lot of guys who haven’t played before. This will build their confidence.”For three quarters it looked like Fairfax was still trying to figure out how to win, but a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns gave them an eight-point lead. Canoga Park was able to drive down the field with a few questionable penalties that kept their drive alive, and they sent the game into overtime. But Fairfax forced a three and out, and then senior running back Eric Pugh ended the game with a 15-yard touchdown run. The area where Fairfax improved the most from Week 1 to Week 2 was the turnover department. Against Canoga Park they did not have a single turnover. If Cox is right and his team improves in the same fashion as they did last year, Fairfax could be competing for another championship at the end of the season. Long Beach Poly knocks off another City Section opponent By Ken BrooksSentinel Contributing Writer Long Beach Poly is taking on some of Los Angeles’ best City teams, and they are coming up with the wins. They knocked off Carson 38-18 in Week 1 action and this past week they edged out Narbonne 19-16.Poly ran the ball well behind a platoon of backs, most notably Manusamoa Luuga who ended with 17 carries for 91 yards.Poly took a 13-0 lead into halftime, but Narbonne scored on a 72-yard touchdown run by running back Tray Boone on their first offensive play of the 2nd half. Narbonne took a 14-13 lead when quarterback Troy Williams squeezed into the endzone on a one-yard sneak.Narbonne’s lead was short lived, as Poly answered immediately with a drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown reception from Chaiyse Hales to tight end Bradford Carter. While Poly struggled to move the ball and run out the clock, Narbonne couldn’t sustain any drives either. Rather than punt from its end zone with 1:32 left, Poly took a safety to ultimately get better defensive field position after kicking off. The gamble worked, as two 50 yard passes from Williams on the final plays touched but went through the hands of Narbonne receivers. This Friday night Poly has a huge game at Mission Viejo. Big games this week This Friday night Carson will host Santa Margarita and Long Beach Poly will travel to Mission Viejo. Carson may be the team to beat in the City Section, and they are toughening themselves up against some of the best Southern Section schools. Poly will look to stay undefeated, and a win against Mission Viejo will keep them in the State Bowl running. Week 2 scores Crenshaw 54, Wilmington Banning 28Fairfax 27, Canoga Park 21 (OT)Fremont 14, Bell 10Gardena 41, Granada Hills 35 (2OT)Los Angeles 38, Animo South Los Angeles 28University 28, Panorama 13San Pedro 55, Locke 20Westchester 40, Los Angeles Jordan 18Compton Centennial 14, Lynwood 12Culver City 42, Peninsula 7Dominguez 21, Compton 14Gardena Serra 33, Mira Costa 0Harvard-Westlake 49, Leuzinger 0Lakewood 42, Mayfair 29Lawndale 28, Morningside 24St. Bernard 30, Cerritos Valley Christian 27Inglewood 19, Hamilton 0Long Beach Poly 19, Narbonne 16Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 35, Taft 0Beckman 41, Hawthorne 10El Cajon Christian 34, Verbum Dei 12Week 3 schedule All games Friday at 7 p.m. unless notedUniversity vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach) ThursdayNarbonne at Tesoro ThursdayFairfax at ResedaGrant at Manual ArtsHuntington Park at FremontLos Angeles at South EastHamilton at Sun Valley PolyWashington at Jordan 3 p.m.Westchester at Locke, 3 p.m.Compton at Corona RooseveltDominguez at Long Beach JordanLawndale at St. BernardLeuzinger at LakewoodLong Beach Poly at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m.Lynwood at LancasterRedondo at Culver CityTorrance at HawthorneCrespi at PalisadesDorsey vs. Redlands East Valley at Citrus ValleyGardena Serra at Wilmington BanningMorningside at San FernandoSan Pedro at North TorranceSanta Margarita at CarsonSherman Indian vs. Douglass at Rancho Cienega ParkSt. Francis at VeniceTaft vs. Sandy (Utah)View Park at Rubidoux
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