Long Beach Poly's Gerald Wicks races past defenders in their 42-3 victory over Lakewood. Photo by Ken Brooks
After only one week of league play, a number of teams sent a message that they have plans to win their league title, while some teams look like they will not stick around in the league race.
Long Beach Poly struggled early through their non-league schedule, while their main rival Lakewood only lost to Narbonne, who is beating everybody.
Poly wins the Moore League title every year, and Lakewood is their main challenger, but after this past Friday night, this league is pretty much a wrap, as Poly routed Lakewood 42-3.
Poly wore pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness month, and their defense made Lakewood aware that they were not going to make it into the endzone. Lakewood's only points came on the final play of the first half. Great defense set up Poly's offense in good field position numerous times in the game, leading to easy scores.
In the Mission League, Serra has had a strong hold over their rivals for some time now, and they had not lost a Mission League game since joining the league in 2010. Serra had not lost any league games since 2006.
Serra looked like they were heading to another league victory, and the inside track to the league title when they led 20-7 in the third quarter, but Chaminade sent the message that they want the league title.
From that point on, Chaminade scored 21 unanswered points over their next three possessions, and walked away with a 28-20 victory.
Penalties and turnovers hurt Serra, who were penalized 12 times in the game. Chaminade's comeback was sparked by an interception. Chaminade's first touchdown was set up after an interception gave them the ball on Serra's 8-yardline.
Serra will have another tough challenge this week, that will determine whether or not they stay in the race for the league title. They will travel to undefeated Cathedral, who will be looking to keep pace with Chaminade.
In the City section, Crenshaw and Dorsey proved that they are the only teams in the race for the Coliseum League title. Both teams crushed their opponents, with Crenshaw defeating Rancho Dominguez 57-0, and Dorsey beating Manual Arts 72-7.
The Coliseum League title more than likely will be determined when Crenshaw travels to Dorsey on October 19. Judging by what the two teams did in their non-league games, this is Crenshaw's league to lose.
In the Western League, Westchester had the first crack at Venice, who has won the league title every year since 2004. Last year Westchester came in second place in the league, but after last Friday night, that is about as high as they will finish.
Venice routed Westchester 62-0, and at this point, the only team that looks like they have a chance of competing with them is Fairfax, who will face them on the last game of the season.
There were two interesting games in the Marine League. Gardena made some headlines by starting the season 5-0, but they were not tested by anybody. Well they had their chance to prove themselves when they played Marine League power San Pedro, and it did not go well for Gardena.
San Pedro won the game 35-0, which sent two messages. That Gardena was not as good as their record, and that they are not about to let Narbonne run away with the title.
After non-league play, where Narbonne beat some of the best teams in Southern California, they were nearly crowned City champs and put into the State Bowl. Well they still have to play the games, and 0-5 Carson was on the schedule last Friday night.
Carson is a shell of themselves after a head coaching change. They have battled Narbonne and San Pedro for the league title and played in back-to-back City title games the last two years. But this Carson team, unfortunately, is not close to being on the level of those past Carson teams.
But against Narbonne, they found a ton of pride and they were on the verge of the upset of the year.
At halftime Carson led the game 14-13, and Narbonne's magical perfect season was in serious jeopardy. But Narbonne senior quarterback Troy Williams, who is heading to the University of Washington next year, threw three touchdown passes, with his last one coming in the fourth quarter, giving them a 26-14 lead.
Narbonne went on to win the game 26-20, surviving a trap game. Chances are that Banning will not give Narbonne that kind of scare this Friday, but next week Friday they host San Pedro, which will determine the league champion.
Week 6 results, Week 7 schedule
Last week's results
Crenshaw 57, Rancho Dominguez 0
Dorsey 72, Manual Arts 7
Locke 54, West Adams 0
Huntington Park 41, Los Angeles Jordan 0
Narbonne 26, Carson 20
San Pedro 35, Gardena 0
Wilmington Banning 14, Washington 13
View Park 58, Sun Valley 14
Fremont 46, Los Angeles 6
Jefferson 61, South Region #2 14
Fairfax 38, Los Angeles University 14
Palisades 38, Los Angeles Hamilton 0
Venice 62, Westchester 0
Palos Verdes 61, Leuzinger 0
Cathedral 42, St. Francis 40
Chaminade 28, Gardena Serra 20
Long Beach Cabrillo 35, Compton 21
Long Beach Poly 42, Lakewood 3
Culver City 47, Hawthorne 0
Inglewood 41, Beverly Hills 7
Santa Monica 35, Morningside 20
El Segundo 28, Lawndale 6
North Torrance 39, Compton Centennial 28
Dominguez 29, Lynwood 17
Crespi 20, Loyola 7
La Salle 65, Verbum Dei 7
This week's schedule
All games on Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Crenshaw (5-1) at Locke (2-4) 3 p.m.
Rancho Dominguez Prep (2-4) at Dorsey (3-3)
West Adams (0-5) at Manual Arts (1-5) 3 p.m.
Washington (4-2) at Gardena (5-1)
Carson (0-6) at San Pedro (5-1)
Narbonne (6-0) at Banning (3-3)
Fairfax (4-2) at Palisades (3-3)
Venice (4-2) at Hamilton (2-4) 3 p.m.
Westchester (2-4) at University (1-5)
Los Angeles Jordan (0-5) at Garfield (1-5)
Jefferson (3-3) at Los Angeles (3-3)
Fremont (3-3) at Angelou (0-6)
View Park (4-2) at San Fernando (6-0)
Serra (4-2) at Cathedral (6-0)
Compton (2-5) at Long Beach Wilson (1-5)
Long Beach Cabrillo (3-4) at Lakewood (5-2)
Millikan (0-6) at Long Beach Jordan (2-4)
Lynwood (2-4) at Paramount (5-1)
Dominguez (2-4) at Warren (0-6)
Culver City (4-2) at Inglewood (4-2)
Morningside (4-3) at Beverly Hills (1-5)
Leuzinger (1-5) at Palos Verdes (3-3)
North Torrance (4-2) at Lawndale (3-3)
South Torrance (3-3) at Centennial (1-5) 6 p.m.
Sentinel Top 10
1. Narbonne (6-0)
2. Crenshaw (5-1)
3. Venice (4-2)
4. Cathedral (6-0)
5. Serra (4-2)
6. Long Beach Poly (4-3)
7. Lakewood (5-2)
8. San Pedro (5-1)
9. Dorsey (3-3)
10. Fairfax (4-2)