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The Inglewood Sentinels grounded Washington Prep Generals spread offense, 26-0, September 6 at Washington Prep in a meeting for the first time in 10 years.
Both teams revealed new head coaches in their season debut, but the fireworks exploded from the minute the teams took the field for Friday Night Lights in this City vs Southern Section showdown.
Although the schools had not faced off in football for over 10 years, most of participants grew up playing youth sports together, separated by just a couple of miles. It didn’t take long for the first rocket to explode, as Inglewood’s running game got off to a sparkling start in the first quarter.
Sentinel running back Trevon Benton scored the first of his two touchdowns in the opening stanza.
The Generals tried to respond behind quarterback Keith Scott, who had happy feet, but his offense couldn’t find a rhythm until the second quarter.
That’s when the Generals put together a 40 plus yard drive, but fumbled on 12 yard line.
Inglewood’s defense was giving the Generals fits all night, bending but not breaking. After the fumble Inglewood continued to grind. Then kaboom another rushing touchdown, Benton and Eddie Reyes enforcing their will, finding gaps in the defense.
Towards end of half, Inglewood quarterback DeJon Richardson connected on 58-yard touchdown pass to receiver Zaire Andre to put Inglewood ahead 18-0.
Inglewood’s running game continued to open up the passing game. Coming out the half with a three touchdown lead, Inglewood kept the ball on ground after Richardson took a big hit before the half making way for Chris Tompkins to fill in at QB, while he sat out third quarter.
Both teams just went back and forth in third quarter, but Washington could not penetrate the end zone.
At the 8:28 mark of the final quarter, defensive tackle Tomaso Manuata laid a jaw dropping hit on Washington quarterback Scott that fired up Inglewood.
Sentinel quarterback Richardson returned under center to help finish the game strong. Running back Reyes got rewarded for his hard work with a 17-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by third back in trio, DJ Cash’s 30-yard plus scamper. “It just felt good to be back on field and have running game work,” said Reyes when asked about the offense. Now with 24-0 lead, what would coach Reid do for this extra point, after going for two on last of three touchdowns and failing, the fourth time was the charm. Cash pounded his way into zone for two point conversion, making it 26-0.
Not sure why Inglewood didn’t attempt a kick for extra point all night, as they will need to get that going to fight through Ocean league. After the game Coach Tony Reid was pleased with his team first outing and the win. Winning isn’t new to coach Reid. He won a handful of championships on Semi-Pro level with his Inglewood Blackhawks team. Reid said the key to victory was the combination of the rushing attack. “We had our one, two punch of Benton and Reyes and finished off with a little DJ Cash.”
Next week Inglewood (1-0) will travel to Bakersfield to play Stockdale (0-1); Washington Prep (0-1) will host Garfield (0-2)