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Carson receiver Dijon Battle makes a catch against Roosevelt. The game was a battle that Carson came out on top, 15-7. Photo by Ken Brooks
Usually there are not very many surprises in the first round of the high school football playoffs, but there was one shocker. In the Southern Section’s Northern Division (X) bracket, 10-0 La Salle must have thought that they were going to walk all over Compton Centennial, who entered the game with a 3-7 record.
Centennial needed only one good quarter of offense. In the second quarter, trailing 7-0, Deobeye Lee scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, and just before halftime quarterback Jeremy Gaskin connected with receiver Shiquan Jackson for an 8-yard touchdown. For the rest of the game, it was just good defense, as Centennial won 12-10.
Centennial held La Salle scoreless in the second half, and the upset victory sends them into the second round, where they will face El Segundo.
Centennial head coach Russell Shaw coached at West Adams last year, but he was not retained after he took them to the City Section playoffs, and knocked off Crenshaw. West Adams’ loss being Centennial’s gain is certainly an understatement.
Also in the Southern Section, Cathedral wide receiver Da’Mari Scott continues to light it up, as he caught two touchdown passes to help Cathedral knock off Santa Barbara 28-23. Cathedral will host Camarillo in the second round.
The mega match up of this coming Friday night will be Long Beach Poly at undefeated Mission Viejo.
In the City Section, Crenshaw and Dorsey will have a rematch. In the first meeting the game was competitive at times, but Crenshaw controlled the game for the most part in their 34-14 victory. Dorsey had their moments, but Crenshaw was clearly the better team.
Crenshaw is on a collision course with Narbonne for the City championship, but the games must be played, and Dorsey’s pride will make this game a battle.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Narbonne 57, Locke 14
Garfield 36, Taft 24
Birmingham 34, Gardena 22
Carson 15, Roosevelt 7
Venice 56, Sylmar 14
San Pedro 35, Fairfax 10
Dorsey 62, Palisades 22
Crenshaw 38, Arleta 7
South East 38, Bernstein 21
Lincoln 20, Bell 7
San Fernando 32, Cleveland 15
South Gate 55, Verdugo Hills 35
Van Nuys 19, North Hollywood 14
Canoga Park 34, University 7
Jefferson 26, View Park 19
Eagle Rock 32, Washington 26
PAC-5 DIVISION (1)
Long Beach Poly 40, Bishop Amat 25
St. Bonaventure 39, Long Beach Cabrillo 7
Mater Dei 71, Lakewood 10
WESTERN DIVISION (IV)
Culver City 34, Dos Pueblos 20
Gardena Serra 49, Oxnard 14
Cathedral 28, Santa Barbara 23
Morro Bay 17, Inglewood 14
SOUTHEAST DIVISION (VII)
Dominguez 14, Bellflower 7
NORTHWEST DIVISION (X)
Compton Centennial 12, La Salle 10
SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Garfield (6-5) at No. 1 Narbonne (11-0)
No. 7 Dorsey (7-4) at No. 2 Crenshaw (10-1)
No. 6 San Pedro (8-3) at No. 3 Venice (9-2)
No. 5 Birmingham (9-2) at No. 4 Carson (5-6)
No. 9 Lincoln (9-2) at No. 1 South East (10-1)
No. 7 Jefferson (8-3) at No. 2 Eagle Rock (8-3)
No. 6 Canoga Park (7-4) at No. 3 Van Nuys (10-1)
No. 13 South Gate (7-4) at No. 5 San Fernando (9-2)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
PAC-5 DIVISION (I)
Long Beach Poly (8-3) at No. 2 Mission Viejo (11-0)
Culver City (7-4) at Lompoc (11-0)
Camarillo (10-1) at Cathedral (9-2)
Santa Monica (8-3) at Serra (9-2)
Dominguez (6-5) at La Serna (10-1)
Compton Centennial (4-7) at El Segundo (7-4)
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