Senior Malcolm Chapman 'up and walking' after leaving the field in an ambulance
Dorsey senior tight end Malcolm Chapman is doing fine after suffering what appeared to be a serious neck injury in the first quarter of the team's game with Crenshaw.
Chapman fell on his head while going out of bounds and lay motionless before being taken to a nearby hospital. By game's end, he was moving his limbs and responding to tests.
"He's up and walking now," Dorsey head coach Paul Knox said, adding that Chapman only suffered a neck sprain and could play in the regular season finale at Jefferson.
It's a great relief to what was a scary moment for both sides and for both teams to concentrate on finishing the rest of the game, it nearly muted the fierceness of what is usually a raucous atmosphere.
"We were thinking about him during the game and so that warms my heart that he's fine," Crenshaw coach Robert Garrett said.
The classiness of Garrett and his staff, who had their players kneel in a line several yards away from Chapman, should be commended and before he discussed their win, his first thought was relief that Chapman was doing alright.
"They're all our kids," he said, underscoring the neighborhood ties that drive this rivalry as much as athletic competition.
As for the game, here is some perspective on Crenshaw's 34-0 victory. It was largest margin of victory for either team since the Cougars won 42-7 in 1999.
It's also believed to be the second road victory in the series for Crenshaw since head coach Robert Garrett took over in 1987.
For now, it seems that the tide in the rivalry has turned in the Cougars' favor, having won three of the last four meetings. With their junior varsity team winning their matchup easily last week, it could stay there for a while....
Heading down south, Compton (7-0) finds themselves in a similar situation to last year - undefeated and heading into a Moore League showdown with Long Beach Poly (8-0) at Veterans Stadium.
Last year at Compton, the Jackrabbits out-gunned, out-muscled and out-ran the Tarbabes in their 42-14 victory. It was the first of three consecutive losses to end their season.
So with the Jackrabbits being undefeated and arguably better than last year's bunch, what do the Tarbabes expect to be different this time around?
Well for starters, they are bigger on the line of scrimmage than last year as most of their linemen can pound-for-pound compete with Poly.
Most of the players remember how Poly spoiled their homecoming and the largest crowd to see a Compton game in years so they will be licking their chops at the thought of trying to stop Poly's drive for the state bowl game.
The key will be finding ways to move the ball on Poly's unyielding defense, which has only given up 21 points in its last four games and has allowed only one opponent (Lakewood) to score in double figures all year.
It'll also be a battle of tailbacks as Poly brings their heralded duo of Melvin Richardson and Daveon Barner while Compton counters with James McConico and Curry Williams.
But this game will be won on the line of scrimmage. Poly has controlled it in nearly every game this year and Compton has to find a way to do what Carson, St. Bonaventure and Lakewood could not figure out.