Defense was the name of the game when Culver City and Redondo collided at Culver City’s remodeled stadium. However, Culver City could not protect its house in 28-17 loss to Redondo Union. On
the opening offensive series of this non-league game, Culver City’s junior transfer quarterback, Armani Rogers, threw an interception to Redondo’s Colin Hindle who returned it for 43 yards in 1st quarter.
The first turnover set up Redondo’s first touchdown by running back Jamaal Perkins on a 2-yard rush 9:20 left in 1st quarter. Perkins followed up his first touchdown, five minutes later with another 2-yard rushing score at 4:17. Perkins said, the keys to winning the game was “Consistency – Teamwork – Effort.”
The Wing T offense Redondo used to perfection to complement the pistol was too much for Culver City to handle. Sea Hawks continued to pound away and keep the ball out of Centaurs hands while using up clock time during the game.
Redondo’s defense proved to be strong all night applying pressure on Rodgers while sacking him six times. Being new to the offense, Rodgers tucked the ball and ran when the pocket closed in around him. Norman Stanley, Culver City’s leading runningback coming into the game, picked up a scatter of yards here and there, but never jail broke the offense to free up the passing lanes. Culver City did manage two touchdowns that came through the air to wide receiver Marcus Moore, caught a 17-yarder in second quarter 11:18 mark and a 45-yard reception with 1:07 to play in fourth quarter.
The defense picked it up in second half after trailing 21-7, by only allowing one more touchdown in fourth quarter at the 2:42 mark when Jonathan Allagoa ran it in from 13-yards out on the left side. By then Redondo’s offense behind quarterback Harrison Facher had already built a lead that was too much for Centaurs to overcome. Facher had a few key first downs tonight with his arm and his feet to keep drives alive that give his team a win.
After the game Culver City coach Jamal White spoke to his team, “We going to fix it, we have to, we signed up for this, so let’s go! No Negativity!” Culver City will move on and prepare for next week and league play the week after.
Next week: Redondo Union (3-1) host San Pedro (3-0)
Culver City (1-2) at Paramount (2-1)