Over the last four seasons, Calvin Bryant has built an impressive football program at Compton High School.
Last year, the Tarbabes and their high-powered offense took the region by storm as they scored 56 or more points four times en route to an 8-4 season and a close second round playoff loss to eventual Division II state champion Orange Lutheran.
This year, they’re off to a 2-0 start while scoring a combined 129 points in both games. Against Verbum Dei last week, they allowed the Eagles to score the opening touchdown before scoring 71 unanswered points, including a school record 56 points in the first half.
It has been a great turnaround for the school which Bryant credits the team and coaching staff for putting in the hard work and coming together during the offseason.
“When you have good people around you, good things will happen,” Bryant said
On Friday, the Tarbabes face Hawthorne, who they shut out 56-0 last year. But if you ask Bryant, he could care less if the team scores 17 or 70 as long as the team does what its supposed to in order to win games.
“We don’t worry about the score, we worry about execution,” he said.
Offensively, there may not be a better tailback tandem in the region than senior Donald Green and junior Curry Williams. Against Chino, both backs ran for over 200 yards and against Verbum Dei, they finished with over 100 yards each.
Green, who rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns against Verbum Dei was impressive as he burst through holes untouched and on one 16-yard touchdown run, he displayed his strength and athleticism by leaping over the line and shaking off tacklers en route to the end zone.
According to one fan in the stands, watching Green and Williams is like having Reggie Bush and Michael Vick in the same backfield. Since Compton rarely passed the ball, a better comparison might be the former USC backfield of Bush and Lendale White.
As the top returning runner in the Moore League, Green has some schools looking at him but he has no problem splitting time with Williams as both backs could finish well over 1,000 yards rushing.
“It’s no problem out here. It’s a team thing so we all have to share the ball.” he said.
It’s that kind of team-first attitude that makes the Compton offense a joy to watch but it’s the aggressive dominance that drives the Tarbabes defense. Right now, there are few teams executing as well as Compton, who bring excellence on both sides as the defense has allowed only 13 points all year.
Led by UCLA-bound senior defensive end Datone Jones, the defense gives no quarter as they attack and pressure teams for 48 minutes.
“We just run to the ball every play,” Jones said, adding that the team is rising to the high expectations placed on it from last year.
Winning CIF and state is the ultimate goal for the Tarbabes but right now, the goal is to get better every game and for Bryant, there is always room for improvement.
“When you play football, you’re never satisfied and never complacent,” he said. “We have continue to hit the weights and come out here focused and ready to execute.”