Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams has destroyed opponents through the air, and when he needs to he will take off and run. His abilities has Narbonne in line to win their second consecutive City title. Photo by Jason Lewis
Receiver/corner back Dominique Hatfield helped Crenshaw knock off Dorsey twice, Venice, and Oaks Christian this season. Now only Narbonne stands in their way of a third City title in four years. Photo by Jason Lewis
Long Beach Poly and Serra took their lumps during the regular season, but now they are both playing for championships. Serra against Chaminade, and Poly against Mater Dei. Photo by Jason Lewis
Chaminade had their way with Cathedral for a second time this season, and now they will have a rematch against Serra, who they defeated during league play. Photo by Jason Lewis
It has been a long and hard fought season, and now at the end, four local teams are looking to be crowned as champions of the divisions that they play in.
For some time now it has been clear that in the City Section's Division I, Narbonne and Crenshaw were on a collision course. Narbonne, the defending City championships, entered the season with hopes of making it to the State Bowl games in Carson, and after rolling through a stacked non-league schedule with a 5-0 record, they shot up the state and national rankings. It looked like they would just roll through the City Section, but Crenshaw rose up with a 4-1 non-league record, and they knocked off some tough Southern Section schools, just like Narbonne did.
These two schools will both make a third appearance in the City championship game over the past four years. Crenshaw won the City title in 2009 and 2010, while Narbonne won it last year.
It is only fitting that the team standing in front of Narbonne's quest to become only the second City Section team to make it to the State Bowl is Crenshaw. In 2009, when Crenshaw made it, they had to defeat Narbonne for the City title first.
Narbonne has been getting most of the pub, but Crenshaw has been blowing out their opponents since entering league play, and they have crushed their three playoff opponents so far. They are looking a lot like their teams from 2009 and 2010, that blew right through the City Section.
Narbonne is the favorite, but it will be in no way an upset of Crenshaw comes out on top in this game.
In the Southern Section, Long Beach Poly and Serra looked like they were having down seasons, especially after Narbonne ran through both of them. It looked like Poly's season was a wrap when Narbonne defeated them 56-0, which was a total shocker. But Poly righted their ship, and they are now on a nine game winning streak, which includes playoff wins over previously unbeaten Mission Viejo, and over St. John Bosco, who had not been defeated on the field the entire season (they forfeited their first four games, all victories).
Poly will face another Southern Section power in the PAC-5 title game when they line up against Mater Dei (who Narbonne also defeated this year).
Serra took their lumps during the regular season, but there was never a feeling that their season was on the verge of getting away from them. After defeating Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Poly, they hit a two game losing streak when they fell to Narbonne and Chaminade, their only two losses of the season.
Since then they have won seven games in a row, including a Western Division playoff victory over previously unbeaten Lompoc, who was the top seed in the playoff bracket. Now Serra will have a rematch against Chaminade.
During Serra's first meeting with Chaminade, Serra held a 20-7 lead in the third quarter, but then Chaminade scored three unanswered touchdowns to win the game 28-20.
Serra and Chaminade are the two top Mission League teams, and they always produce a great game. This championship game will be extremely intense.
This weekend's games look like they will be great, with Narbonne being the big story. To put in perspective on how great they have been, Poly, Serra, Mater Dei, and Palos Verdes are all playing for championships, and they all lost to Narbonne this season. But that will not bother Crenshaw, who has a certain grit and toughness to them.
No. 1 Narbonne 39, No. 4 Carson 12
No. 2 Crenshaw 59, No. 3 Venice 10
San Fernando 24, South East 13
Canoga Park 36, Jefferson 35
PAC-5 Division (I)
Long Beach Poly 13, St. John Bosco 10
Western Division (IV)
Gardena Serra 34, Lompoc 21
Chaminade 45, Cathedral 7
Northwest Division (X)
Nordhoff 13, Compton Centennial 8
Saturday (December 1) at East Los Angeles College
No. 1 Narbonne (13-0) vs. No. 2 Crenshaw (12-1), 7 p.m.
No. 5 San Fernando (11-2) vs. No. 6 Canoga Park (9-4), 3 p.m.
Long Beach Poly (10-3) vs. No. 4 Mater Dei (11-2) at Angel Stadium, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Chaminade (12-1) at No. 4 Gardena Serra (11-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
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