Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams scored on a 16-yard touchdown run to give his team a 21-0 first quarter lead over perennial power Long Beach Poly. The score was 42-0 at halftime. Photo by Ken Brooks.
Narbonne is not only legit, they are 56-0 over Long Beach Poly legit
Narbonne was considered a legitimate contender when they entered the season. With a number of All-City players returning from last year’s City championship team, they were the front-runners in the City Section and they have the potential for qualifying for the State Bowl.
But did anybody think that they were 56-0 over Long Beach Poly legitimate
Nobody does that to Poly. They dish out that type of punishment, not take it.
What Narbonne did Poly was more than demolish them, they sent out a message to any premiere program that if you cross Narbonne’s path, you’ll end up in the headlines, and it will not be for good reasons.
Poly had not been beaten that bad since 1916, when they lost to San Diego High School by a score of 62-0. It was so bad that a running clock was used in the fourth quarter.
So far this season Narbonne has not been scored on. They opened the season with a 41-0 win over Palos Verdes. Their non-league schedule was supposed to be extremely tough, but if they continue to play like they did against Poly, then Lakewood, Serra, and Mater Dei might not have much of a chance to derail Narbonne’s State Bowl hopes. That’s saying a lot for a City Section team, who usually do not have some of the advantages that some Southern Section teams have.
Narbonne is a team that everybody should go out and watch. Check them out this Friday night as they will host Lakewood.
The one team that could give Narbonne a run for their money is Crenshaw. They lost a close one against a really good Westlake team, but looking at it right now, a Crenshaw/Narbonne match up in the City Championship game would be awesome.
Crenshaw had a chance to remain undefeated, just like Narbonne, but a last second field goal from Westlake kept the game from going into overtime, and gave Westlake a 44-41 victory.
Crenshaw appears to have the fire power to give Narbonne a good game, and their talent will be on display this Friday night when they host Fresno Edison, who is one of the top teams in central California, and then a week later at Oaks Christian, which is a long overdue match up. Oaks Christian fans were complaining that they should have gone to the State Bowl in 2009 over Crenshaw. Now they will finally get a chance to settle the score on the field instead of in the rankings.
Fairfax has big and punishing back
Fairfax running back Marquise Brown is big, strong, and defensive players have a hard time tackling him. Through two games he has 260 rushing yards, mostly right between the tackles. Photo by Jason Lewis
Two years ago Fairfax rode a big running back to a Division II City title. Matt Bowen led the city in rushing in back-to-back seasons, as he topped the 2,000-yard mark in a season twice.
Bowen is gone, but Marquise Brown looks like he’s following in his footsteps. Brown has the same body top, which is big, and defenders are not to quick to tackle him. At 5’8” and 225 pounds, it takes multiple players to bring him down.
Against Dorsey in the season opener, in only 11 carries Brown ran for 112 in a 24-14 loss. This past Friday night against Canoga Park, Fairfax decided they had to ride the big man to get the victory, and Brown came up big time. He rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries, mostly right between the tackles, and he rushed for two touchdowns.
Brown and Fairfax’s offensive line enforced their will on Canoga Park, and that led to a 35-20 victory.
“My team played amazing,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t have had any of those yards if my O-line wasn’t blocking. A running back would be nothing without an O-line. We played as a team, and we won as a team. God is good.”
Fairfax head coach Shane Cox knows that he has a special running back on his hands, and that Brown compares to a couple other really good backs.
“Marquise Brown is probably one of the most explosive running backs that we’ve had a Fairfax,” Cox said. “He has a nice combination of size, speed, and strength. He’s very similar to Matt Bowens, but I’ll tell you who he really reminds me of. I coached Maurice Jones-Drew (UCLA, Jacksonville Jaguars) in an all-star game. They’re built the same way. I would compare him between a Matt Bowen and a Maurice Jones-Drew.”
Last week’s scores
Dorsey 33, Garfield 21
Westlake 44, Crenshaw 41
Narbonne 56, Long Beach Poly 0
Fairfax 35, Canoga Park 20
Oaks Christian 35, Venice 17
Santa Monica 53, Palisades 12
Franklin 68, Los Angeles Jordan 20
Gardena 27, Jefferson 20
South Gate 34, Locke 24
Lincoln 48, Los Angeles 12
University 28, Panorama 12
Mater Dei 48, Carson 13
Redondo 13, San Pedro 9
Washington 40, Manual Arts 13
Westchester 53, Fremont 13
Banning 23, Hamilton 19
Cathedral 35, Pasadena 21
Compton 14, Dominguez 10
Culver City 41, Peninsula 15
Gardena Serra 27, Mira Costa 20
Morningside 18, Lawndale 8
Lakewood 31, Mayfair 0
Loyola 42, Newport Harbor 7
North Torrance 56, Leuzinger 14
Paraclete 45, Compton Centennial 27
Bakersfield Stockdale 54, Inglewood 14
Hawthorne 31, Animo South Los Angeles 14
View Park 30, Verbum Dei 0
South East 31, Lynwood 14
Upland 57, Long Beach Jordan 28
This week’s games
All Games Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Dorsey vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, Thursday
Fresno Edison at Crenshaw
Lakewood at Narbonne
West Adams at San Marcos Mission Hills
Westchester at Cathedral
Palisades at Crespi
University vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach), Thursday
Fremont at Huntington Park
Garfield at Venice
Carson vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback College
Jefferson at Marshall, 3 p.m.
Locke at San Pedro
Los Angeles at Belmont
Los Angeles Jordan at Washington
Panorama at Manual Arts, 3 p.m.
Reseda at Fairfax
Sun Valley Poly at Hamilton, 3 p.m.
Burbank vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood)
Compton at Morningside, 3 p.m.
Culver City at Redondo
Lancaster vs. Lynwood at Lynwood Middle School
Leuzinger at Lawndale
Long Beach Jordan at Dominguez
Loyola at St. John Bosco
Bakersfield vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach)
Gardena at Hawthorne
Banning at Serra