Narbonne outlasts San Pedro in 3OT Thriller
For 47 minutes, San Pedro had Narbonne’s number. The Pirates were leading 6-0 and had the Gauchos on the ropes, threatening to score an upset.
One minute and three overtimes later, it was Narbonne celebrating wildly on their field after a 27-24 victory where Josh Moten threw the winning touchdown to running back Thomas Gray.
“We had to make a statement tonight,” Gray said, finishing with 96 total yards (61 receiving). “They said they were savages before the game, but they looked like some tamed savages.”
Starting with the team’s final drive, Moten went 9-for-10 the rest of the way and finished 18-for-28 with 131 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Tensions were high before the game – with several players exchanging words with San Pedro coach Mike Walsh – and it continued after the wild finish, where a few players and coaches on both sides had to be restrained and school officials along with security kept the teams on opposing sides of the field.
It was an emotional game on both sides that may see a repeat if the City playoff seeding committee has its way.
“We’re probably gonna see them in the playoffs and it’s going to be a war again,” Narbonne head coach Manuel Douglas said.
Narbonne (6-1) entered Friday’s game as the City’s highest scoring team but saw their first two possessions end with turnovers as tailback Chris Ervin fumbled on the game’s opening drive and on the ensuing drive, Moten threw an interception to Pirates defensive back Corey Hughes.
The Pirates (6-1) controlled the tempo by mixing in bruising runs by Christian Farrow and the elusiveness of Joseph Deguchi, who led the game with 148 rushing yards. Two field goals by Daniel Jarrin provided their only scoring as their defense found a way to shut the City’s top scoring team.
Despite what they called mental breakdowns, the Gauchos remained poised down the stretch and facing 4thand-1 on the 1-yard line with 1:15 left, they tied the game with Moten throwing to Melvin Davis in the end zone but Diego Montoya’s extra point attempt was blocked after two false start penalties pushed the team back 10 yards.
San Pedro struck first in overtime with a 4-yard touchdown pass to William Fitzpatrick – the Pirates’ first touchdown since the third quarter against Sylmar two weeks ago – and a 2-point conversion by quarterback Barry Heads. The Gauchos responded with an 8-yard pass to Dannie Farber and a conversion by Davis.
Narbonne started the second overtime with senior Byron Moore catching a 12-yard touchdown pass and San Pedro responded on 4th down with a touchdown pass to Benny Weischedel.
After the Pirates settled for a field goal in the third overtime, it only took one play for the Gauchos to keep their hopes alive for a Marine League title.
“Our motto this year is Finish,” Douglas said, referring to the team playing a full 48 minutes of football.
The win also extended the Gauchos’ winning streak to three in the series. They’ve won four of the last five meetings after enduring a 22-year losing streak to the Pirates.
Crenshaw 32, Locke 14 – DeAnthony Thomas rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown while fullback Hayes Pullard chipped in with two touchdowns and a fumble recovery in the Cougars victory at Locke High.
Leading 13-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Thomas burned through the Locke defense for a 77-yard touchdown run. After an interception on the ensuing Locke possession by Johnathan Walker, junior Geno Hall threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Noel Grigsby that put the game away.
After jumping out to their 13-0 lead on their first two possessions, the Cougars struggled on offense, failing to reach midfield only once before Thomas’ run.
“We got our second wind out there,” Crenshaw head coach Robert Garrett said.
Despite the final score, Locke gave the Cougars all they could handle for three quarters with their running game and their defense forcing two fumbles.
“It’s a normal, regular Coliseum League slugfest so we expect these kinds of things,” Garrett said.
Davion McGee provided the Saints with one of its highlights with a 97-yard kickoff return for a late touchdown.
Crenshaw’s next game will be at Dorsey on Thursday while Locke will face Manual Arts on Friday.