Junior wide receiver Bill Parker is one of several new players on Fairfax’s varsity team. Against Canoga Park he finished with three receptions for 62 yards, including this 46-yard catch off of a screen pass. Photo by Jason Lewis
Long Beach Poly junior running back Manusamoa Luuga grinded out 91 yards on 17 carries, as Poly defeated Narbonne 19-16. Photo by Ken Brooks
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Fairfax bounces back
Before Fairfax’s game at Canoga Park this past Friday night, Fairfax head coach Shane Cox said that his team always has a game early in the season where they just do not play up to par, and they build off of that game for the rest of the season.
That was true last year when they lost at Chaminade 42-13 in the third game of the season. After that game they got their act together and rolled all the way to a Division II City Section championship.
After losing some talented players from that team, they had their bad game right out of the gate this year, losing at Harvard-Westlake 51-14. In that game they turned the ball over five times.
Cox said that the goal is to get a little better one game at a time, and that’s just what Fairfax did in their 27-21 overtime win over Canoga Park.
“Our team had a win,” Cox said. “That’s what they needed to see, how to win. We have a lot of new guys, we have a lot of guys who haven’t played before. This will build their confidence.”
For three quarters it looked like Fairfax was still trying to figure out how to win, but a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns gave them an eight-point lead.
Canoga Park was able to drive down the field with a few questionable penalties that kept their drive alive, and they sent the game into overtime. But Fairfax forced a three and out, and then senior running back Eric Pugh ended the game with a 15-yard touchdown run.
The area where Fairfax improved the most from Week 1 to Week 2 was the turnover department. Against Canoga Park they did not have a single turnover.
If Cox is right and his team improves in the same fashion as they did last year, Fairfax could be competing for another championship at the end of the season.
Long Beach Poly knocks off another City Section opponent
By Ken Brooks
Sentinel Contributing Writer
Long Beach Poly is taking on some of Los Angeles’ best City teams, and they are coming up with the wins.
They knocked off Carson 38-18 in Week 1 action and this past week they edged out Narbonne 19-16.
Poly ran the ball well behind a platoon of backs, most notably Manusamoa Luuga who ended with 17 carries for 91 yards.
Poly took a 13-0 lead into halftime, but Narbonne scored on a 72-yard touchdown run by running back Tray Boone on their first offensive play of the 2nd half.
Narbonne took a 14-13 lead when quarterback Troy Williams squeezed into the endzone on a one-yard sneak.
Narbonne’s lead was short lived, as Poly answered immediately with a drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown reception from Chaiyse Hales to tight end Bradford Carter.
While Poly struggled to move the ball and run out the clock, Narbonne couldn’t sustain any drives either. Rather than punt from its end zone with 1:32 left, Poly took a safety to ultimately get better defensive field position after kicking off. The gamble worked, as two 50 yard passes from Williams on the final plays touched but went through the hands of Narbonne receivers.
This Friday night Poly has a huge game at Mission Viejo.
Big games this week
This Friday night Carson will host Santa Margarita and Long Beach Poly will travel to Mission Viejo.
Carson may be the team to beat in the City Section, and they are toughening themselves up against some of the best Southern Section schools. Poly will look to stay undefeated, and a win against Mission Viejo will keep them in the State Bowl running.
Week 2 scores
Crenshaw 54, Wilmington Banning 28
Fairfax 27, Canoga Park 21 (OT)
Fremont 14, Bell 10
Gardena 41, Granada Hills 35 (2OT)
Los Angeles 38, Animo South Los Angeles 28
University 28, Panorama 13
San Pedro 55, Locke 20
Westchester 40, Los Angeles Jordan 18
Compton Centennial 14, Lynwood 12
Culver City 42, Peninsula 7
Dominguez 21, Compton 14
Gardena Serra 33, Mira Costa 0
Harvard-Westlake 49, Leuzinger 0
Lakewood 42, Mayfair 29
Lawndale 28, Morningside 24
St. Bernard 30, Cerritos Valley Christian 27
Inglewood 19, Hamilton 0
Long Beach Poly 19, Narbonne 16
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 35, Taft 0
Beckman 41, Hawthorne 10
El Cajon Christian 34, Verbum Dei 12
Week 3 schedule
All games Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
University vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach) Thursday
Narbonne at Tesoro Thursday
Fairfax at Reseda
Grant at Manual Arts
Huntington Park at Fremont
Los Angeles at South East
Hamilton at Sun Valley Poly
Washington at Jordan 3 p.m.
Westchester at Locke, 3 p.m.
Compton at Corona Roosevelt
Dominguez at Long Beach Jordan
Lawndale at St. Bernard
Leuzinger at Lakewood
Long Beach Poly at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m.
Lynwood at Lancaster
Redondo at Culver City
Torrance at Hawthorne
Crespi at Palisades
Dorsey vs. Redlands East Valley at Citrus Valley
Gardena Serra at Wilmington Banning
Morningside at San Fernando
San Pedro at North Torrance
Santa Margarita at Carson
Sherman Indian vs. Douglass at Rancho Cienega Park
St. Francis at Venice
Taft vs. Sandy (Utah)
View Park at Rubidoux
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