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Narbonne running back Johnell Jackson found a lot of running room on his way to a 57-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Ken Brooks
Narbonne’s resume is pretty impressive this year. They have victories over Long Beach Poly, Gardena Serra, and Palos Verdes, all Southern Section champions. They just defeated City power Crenshaw, and they also have a win over Mater Dei, who made it to the PAC-5 title game. Photo by Ken Brooks
Narbonne wins their second consecutive City title by defeating Crenshaw 25-0
Defense wins championships, and that is how Narbonne defeated Crenshaw for their second consecutive Los Angeles City Section championships, and their 19th consecutive victory overall.
Narbonne and Crenshaw have been on a collision course for the City title game since midseason, and even though the scoreboard read 25-0, Narbonne had to fight for this victory over a tough Crenshaw team.
The deciding factor in this game was turnovers. Narbonne’s defense forced three of them, and offensively they protected the ball while capitalizing on Crenshaw mistakes.
Narbonne senior linebacker Keishawn Bierria set up the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter with an interception, setting their offense up at the Crenshaw 28 yard line. Junior running back Johnell Jackson punched in a 1-yard touchdown moments later.
In the second quarter, Narbonne senior safety Robert Woods stopped a potential scoring drive by intercepting a pass. On the ensuing drive Narbonne kicked a field goal, giving them a 10-0 lead, which was the score at halftime.
In the third quarter Crenshaw looked like they would put points on the scoreboard again, but a fumble ended that drive. Moments later Jackson scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 57 yards out, making the score 17-0.
Narbonne had control of the game with Crenshaw’s offense not being able to get on track. Leading into the game Crenshaw scored 56 points against Dorsey in the quarterfinals, 59 points against Venice in the semifinals, and they had only been held under 34 points once this season. But against Narbonne they struggled to cross midfield all night, and when they did, Narbonne forced them into turnovers.
Narbonne tacked on a late touchdown when senior quarterback Troy Williams hit senior wide receiver A.J. Richardson on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Williams finished the game completing 10 of 14 passes for 110 yards. Outside of one fumble, that he recovered, he played a mistake free game, which allowed Narbonne’s defense to enforce their will onto the game. Jackson finished the game with 159 yards, with his long touchdown run nearly ending the game in the third quarter.
This Narbonne team is one of the greatest that the City Section has produced over the past decade, and they will play Corona Centennial this Saturday night at Cerritos College in the CIF State Regional Open Division championship bowl game. The winner of that game will play the Northern California representative, which will be the winner of the Concord De La Salle vs. Folsom game, in the CIF State Championship bowl game on December 15 at the Home Depot Center.
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
No. 1 Narbonne 25, No. 2 Crenshaw 0
No. 5 San Fernando 42, No. 6 Canoga Park 35
PAC-5 Division (I)
Long Beach Poly 35, No. 4 Mater Dei 17
Western Division (IV)
No. 4 Gardena Serra 30, No. 2 Chaminade 28
CIF STATE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL GAMES
Narbonne (14-0) vs. Corona Centennial (13-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Cerritos College
Long Beach Poly (11-3) vs. Clovis North (12-1), Friday, 7:30, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Long Beach City College
Serra (12-2) vs. Edison (13-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Orange Coast College
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