Sean Parker (Narbonne)
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Depth at WR propels Serra's attack
By Evan Barnes
Sentinel Sports Editor
What's the scariest thing about defending Gardena Serra's offense? Take your pick.
On one side, you have USC commit Robert Woods, the ESPN RISE magazine cover boy. On another, you have junior George Farmar, who's faster and might be just as bit as good as Woods next year.
And then there's the third option, Paul Richardson Jr. He's just a transfer from Los Alamitos who was an All-CIF selection. Throw in senior Lindsay Anderson, who caught five passes for 84 yards against Carson, and it's headaches for any defensive coordinator.
"We love having four receivers that can make plays, than can catch and run after the catch," Richardson said after his two touchdowns against Carson last week.
The UCLA commit showed off his athleticism by diving to make his first touchdown grab, then catching a tipped ball for his second. There's no doubt it impressed his future coach Rick Neuheisel, who roamed the Serra sidelines briefly during the game.
Anderson, meanwhile, showed his value as a possession receiver, with each catch going for a first down. The Cavaliers' spread offense can turn anyone into a star on a given night and with four capable wideouts, anyone could emerge.
"Teams will realize that it's more than just Woodie and George, it's all of us," Anderson said.
Serra coach Scott Altenberg said afterwards that the potential for this offense is limitless right now and it's easy to see why. Once junior quarterback Conner Preston gets more comfortable in the pocket and makes better decisions, there's no telling what how dangerous they could be by the time they face Oaks Christian in the Northwest Division title game....
At this point, if you're looking for contenders to Crenshaw in the City, look no further than Carson.
Although they were outscored 20-7 by Serra in the second half, I was impressed with their offensive line and how well they protected quarterback Justin Alo. He's a playmaker and given enough time, he'll find a way to make things happen.
They've also improved on defense and with their athleticism, I'd say they are the favorites to win the Marine League at this point.
Narbonne couldn't defeat a young and improving Long Beach Poly squad when given their chances. San Pedro is still questionable despite barely losing to Palos Verdes.
So all eyes on are the Colts as they travel down to Florida this weekend. They, along with Taft, could be the only threat to Crenshaw's undefeated season...
WEEK THREE PREVIEW
- Not a lot of big time games this week so this would be a good time to check out that friend's son or nephew this week. But two games stand out.
Santa Ana Mater Dei (2-1) will head to Southwest College to face L.A. Jordan (1-2) in a rematch of last year's matchup. Expect a big crowd as the Mater Dei faithful never fail to support their own.
The game will be another test for the Bulldogs and their "Attack the Weakness" scheme, especially since the Monarchs' demise post Matt Barkley appears to be somewhat exaggerated after beating Corona Centennial.
In the other game, Compton (3-0) travels to Dorsey (2-0) in what should be a good test for both squads.
It's the first time the Tarbabes will face Dorsey and for Dons fans, it may feel like watching a mirror image of what they used to be - a power running attack with speed for days.
However, a win for the Dons would be another highlight in a season that has seen a new field and several alumni make an imprint on college football this year.
Those are my picks for the weekend. I'll see you on the field.