Fairfax made easy work of Wilson, 42-0, as Clovis Youan helped preserve the shutout with this interception. Photo by Jason Lewis
Mater Dei was bigger than Narbonne, but wide receiver A.J. Richardson showed that Narbonne was just too fast. On his 65-yard touchdown run, he ran right by Mater Dei's defensive backs. Photo by Ken Brooks.
There has been a lot of media attention surrounding Narbonne's football team. Well that tends to happen when a City Section team schedules Long Beach Poly, Gardena Serra, and Mater Dei, three of the Southern Section's best programs, and beats them all.
After defeating Mater Dei 18-17 this past Friday night, Narbonne is now 5-0 heading into league play, and they are making everybody that reps the City Section proud. City Section teams, with numerous disadvantaged compared to Southern Section teams, rarely make this type of noise or captures the nation's attention. In Max Preps rankings, they are ranked second in California and fifth in the nation.
The only other City Section team in recent memory that has made a similar run through their non-league schedule was Crenshaw in 2009, who defeated five tough Southern Section teams on their way to a City title and a State Bowl appearance. They are the only City Section team to appear in the State Bowl, and it is fitting that they look like the only team that has a chance to keep Narbonne out of this year's State Bowl.
The City championship game is about two months away, but barring any major upsets, Narbonne and Crenshaw are on a collision course. Crenshaw is 4-1 with their only loss coming on a last second field goal at Westlake. They turned around the next week and knocked off Oaks Christian, another Southern Section power.
League play is set to begin in the City Section, and in the Coliseum League, Crenshaw is by far the team to beat. That league comes down to them and Dorsey every year, but after Dorsey lost to Alemany 45-0, and then to Venice 35-12 this past Friday night, it is not looking like this will be a two team league race.
If Crenshaw runs through the Coliseum League, they will easily grab the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, with the No. 1 seed going to Narbonne, unless there is a major upset in the Marine League.
The Marine League has been the best City Section league for some time now, with Narbonne, Carson, and San Pedro battling for City titles. But Carson is a shell of themselves this year under a new coaching staff. Sitting at 0-5 with a few blowout losses, they will have a hard time competing for the league title.
San Pedro is not as good as last year's team that earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but they are no slouch. They are 4-1, with a close loss at Redondo Union. The past two weeks they have eaten up Western League teams, defeating Fairfax and Westchester by a combined scored of 80-7. Even with those big wins, they certainly are not in the class of Narbonne, and they have not proven themselves against the caliber of opponents that Narbonne has.
The surprise team in the Marine League is Gardena, who is 5-0. Undefeated is undefeated, but not all 5-0 records are equal. They may have the same record as Narbonne, but the quality of opponents is drastically different. Up to this point, Gardena does not have a signature win that cements them as a legatimate team. Well that can all change this Friday night if they can knock off San Pedro. Washington Prep has also looked strong, entering league play with a 4-1 record, but they have not beaten a quality opponent either.
In the Western League, Venice is always the team to beat, and heading into league play, nothing has changed. Venice has won the league title every year since 2004, and they have not lost a league game since Fairfax beat them in 2005. That year the two teams shared the league title.
Venice always plays a tough non-league schedule. The results are usually mixed, but it prepares them for league play, when they usually roll over their opponents. They lost at Southern Section powers Chaminade and Oaks Christian, but they were competitive in those games. Their signature win was this past Friday over Dorsey.
Westchester does not look like a team that will give Venice a run for their money, but they will get their shot at the Western League's best team this Friday night.
Every year Fairfax looks like the team that could un-thrown Venice. Looking at their Western League schedule, they could roll into their season finale against Venice with a 4-0 league record, and that game could be for the league title. As of right now, Venice is the clear favorite, but anything could happen in one game.
Week 5 results, week 6 schedule
Last weeks scores
Fairfax 42, Los Angeles Wilson 0
Franklin 22, University 12
Bell 50, Los Angeles Jordan 6
Fremont 14, Los Angeles Hamilton 13
Gardena 62, Rancho Dominguez 0
San Pedro 51, Westchester 7
Venice 35, Dorsey 12
Washington 32, West Adams 0
Mary Star 20, Verbum Dei 19
Lakewood 21, Compton 7
Long Beach Cabrillo 48, Millikan 13
Long Beach Poly 28, Long Beach Jordan 6
Bishop Amat 31, Culver City 7
Inglewood 34, Torrance 23
Leuzinger 34, Hawthorne 20
Lynwood 72, Mountain View 0
Loyola 24, Valencia 14
Palos Verdes 44, Dominguez 0
Mission Prep 26, View Park 14
Narbonne 18, Mater Dei 17
Vista Murrieta 42, Palisades 6
This week's schedule
All games on Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Dorsey (2-3) at Manual Arts (1-4), 3 p.m.
Rancho Dominguez Prep (2-3) at Crenshaw (4-1)
Locke (1-4) at West Adams Prep (0-5)
Westchester (2-3) at Venice (3-2)
Palisades (2-3) at Hamilton (2-3)
University (1-4) at Fairfax (3-2)
San Pedro (4-1) at Gardena (5-0)
Narbaonne (5-0) at Carson (0-5)
Banning (2-3) at Washington (4-1)
Los Angeles Jordan (0-4) at Huntington Park (0-5)
Sun Valley (0-6) vs. View Park (3-2) at Jackie Robinson Stadium
Douglas (2-3) at St. Margaret's (4-1)
Los Angeles (3-2) at Fremont (2-3)
South Region 2 (0-5) at Jefferson (2-3), 3 p.m.
Serra (4-1) at Chaminade (4-1)
Long Beach Poly (3-3) at Lakewood (5-1)
Compton (2-4) at Long Beach Cabrillo (2-4)
Long Beach Jordon (2-4) at Millikan (0-5)
Hawthorne (1-4) at Culver City (3-2)
Santa Monica (3-2) vs Morningside (2-3) at Coleman Stadium
Inglewood (3-2) at Beverly Hills (1-4)
Centennial (1-4) at North Torrance (3-2)
Lawndale (3-2) at El Segundo (2-3)
Lynnwood (2-3) at Dominguez (1-4)
Palos Verdes (2-3) at Leuzinger (1-4)
Verbum Dei (1-4) at La Salle (5-0)
St. Francis (3-2) at Cathedral (5-0)
Sentinel Top 10
1. Narbonne (5-0)
2. Crenshaw (4-1)
3. Serra (4-1)
4. Venice (3-2)
5. Lakewood (5-1)
6. Cathedral (5-0)
7. Long Beach Poly (3-3)
8. San Pedro (4-1)
9. Gardena (5-0)
10. Dorsey (2-3)