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Dorsey had their struggles, but with more athletes than Fairfax, they were able to get away with a 24-14 win in their season opener. Photo by Jason Lewis
Long Beach Poly running back Gerard Wicks was looking for running room, but Serra linebacker Dwight Williams made the stop. Photo by Jason Lewis
Crenshaw remains undefeated
It is early in the high school football season, so there is no need to jump to conclusions just yet, but Crenshaw does look really good, and they are doing it on both sides of the ball.
Crenshaw is now 2-0 after taking care of Norco 41-26 behind a rushing attack that racked up 291 yards, with 148 of those yards coming from junior running back Jacob Knight, who did most of his damage running right at Norco’s defense. Knight had two touchdowns, including a 35-yard scoring run that sealed the game in the 4th quarter.
Crenshaw’s rushing attack set up their passing offense perfectly. After nine consecutive runs to start the game, junior quarterback Ajene Harris faked the handoff to a running back, and Norco’s safeties bit on the playaction so bad that running back/receiver Max Lyons ran right past both of them, and Harris hit him for an easy 52-yard touchdown pass.
Harris went on to complete 8 of 11 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, giving him seven touchdown passes on the season.
The only issues that Crenshaw appeared to have were their special teams. Norco scored all four of their touchdowns off of poor special teams plays by Crenshaw. Three of Crenshaw’s mishaps on special teams gave Norco the ball deep in Crenshaw’s territory, leading to easy touchdowns. Crenshaw’s defense played much better than what the scoreboard showed.
Dorsey is a work in progress, but gets the win over Fairfax
For young teams the first game of the season can be the toughest, so it was a great day to be a Don when Dorsey was able to get a 24-14 victory over Fairfax.
Maybe it was first game jitters, but Dorsey made a number of mistakes that made this game close. The opening kickoff was fumbled, giving Fairfax the ball on Dorsey’s 35-yard line. Three plays later Fairfax fumbled the ball back to Dorsey.
On the next series, Dorsey failed to make a first down, and a botched snap on the punt gave Fairfax the ball on the Dorsey 8-yard line. This time Fairfax capitalized, scoring a touchdown two plays later.
Dorsey would fumble the ball away once more in the game, and throw an interception, but even with the mistakes, their athletic ability was too much for Fairfax to handle.
Fairfax did not help themselves by turning the ball over three times, and their struggles on offense ruined a solid defensive performance.
Fairfax has found a stud running back, as senior Marques Brown ran for 112 yards on 11 carries. When the big running back was able to get his speed going, Dorsey defenders were not successful in bringing him down. Fairfax’s problem was their passing game. Outside of a long reception by junior wide receiver Jason Lewis Jr., there was not much of a passing game at all.
Serra capitalized on Long Beach Poly’s mistakes
If Long Beach Poly could erase the first few minutes of their mega match up with Serra, they would have won the game.
Poly received the ball first, and a few plays later Serra forced a fumble. It only took one play for Serra’s offense to find the endzone. On Poly’s next offensive play, they fumbled the ball again, and again, Serra made their way into the endzone, giving them a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Poly cut the lead to 14-7 on their next possession, and that is where the score stayed until late in the 3rd quarter, as both defenses took control of the game. Serra was able to take a 20-7 lead, and by the time Poly found the endzone again, the game was pretty much over.
Serra won the battle 20-14 by playing great defense and capitalizing on Poly’s mistakes.
Narbonne will have their first real challenge on Friday night
Narbonne is eyeing an appearance in the State Bowl at the end of this season, and now they have their tune up game out of the way. They dismantled Palos Verdes 41-0 last week, but now the real schedule begins.
Over the next four weeks Narbonne hosts Long Beach Poly, Lakewood, travels to Serra, and finishes their non-league schedule with Mater Dei at home. That schedule begins this Friday night.
Even if they can run that gauntlet, they still have to beat San Pedro and every other Marine League rival, and win the City Section championship.
It is a long season, so Narbonne will not be looking to far ahead.
Last week’s results
Dorsey 24, Fairfax 14
Crenshaw 41, Norco 25
Los Angeles 28, Manual Arts 27
Locke 36, University 18
San Pedro 53, West Adams Prep 0
View Park 12, Fremont 7
Narbonne 41, Palos Verdes 0
Fresno Edison 26, Carson 21
Hamilton 19, Washington Prep 7
Gardena 27, Taft 26
Cathedral 61, Banning 12
Westchester 19, Cleveland 16
Palisades 45, Sun Valley Poly 6
Venice 34, Sylmar 6
Reseda 42, Jefferson 26
Verbum Dei 20, Rancho Dominguez 7
Compton Centennial 20, Compton 14
Eastside 37, Leuzinger 0
El Segundo 41, Lynwood 16
Gardena Serra 20, Long Beach Poly 12
Lawndale 13, Hawthorne 12
Loyola 38, West Covina 14
Mira Costa 35, Inglewood 13
Morningside 58, Cerritos 0
Redlands East Valley 36, Dominguez 0
San Clemente 37, Long Beach Cabrillo 6
Santa Margarita 35, Long Beach Jordan 6
St. John Bosco 54, Lakewood 7
West Torrance 30, Culver City 25
This week’s schedule
All games are Friday unless noted
Dorsey at Garfield, 7 p.m.
Crenshaw at Westlake, 7 p.m.
Locke at South Gate, 7 p.m.
Long Beach Poly at Narbonne, 7 p.m.
Carson vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Redondo at San Pedro, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at Banning, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Jordan at Franklin, 7 p.m.
Canoga Park at Fairfax, 7 p.m.
Venice at Oaks Christian, 7 p.m.
University at Panorama, 7 p.m.
Manual Arts at Washington, 7 p.m.
Verbum Dei vs. View Park at Jackie Robinson Stadium 7 p.m.
Westchester at Fremont 7 p.m.
Gardena at Jefferson 3 p.m.
Santa Monica at Palisades 7 p.m.
Venice at Oaks Christian 7 p.m.
Lawndale vs. Morningside at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood) Thursday, 7 p.m.
Cathedral at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Compton at Dominguez, 5 p.m.
Serra at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.
Long Beach Cabrillo at Corona Centennial, 7:30 p.m.
Long Beach Jordan at Upland, 7 p.m.
Loyola at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m.
Mayfair at Lakewood, 7 p.m.
North Torrance at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.
Paraclete at Compton Centennial, 6 p.m.
Peninsula at Culver City, 7 p.m.
Animo South Los Angeles at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.
Bakersfield Stockdale vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood), 7 p.m.
Lynwood at South East, 7 p.m.