Carson running back Dion Willis helped set up a late first half touchdown, giving Carson a 26–10 halftime lead. That touchdown ended up being the deciding score because Narbonne shut Carson out in the second half, but fell short 26–23. Photo by Jason Lewis
Colts Ride Alo to Victory Over Narbonne
By Eric Lambkins II
Sentinel Sports Writer
Carson Colt senior quarterback Justin Alo used his arm, his feet, but when it mattered most, Alo used his mind to stave off defeat over Narbonne Friday night. Carson’s 26-23 victory over Narbonne keeps Carson head coach Elijah Asante’s first-place playoff seed hopes alive.
Alo picked up a big fourth quarter first down on fourth-and-two with a 3-yard scamper and drew Narbonne defenseman Marquise Lomax offside on fourth-and-one to seal the victory for the Colts.
Alo said of his fourth down run, “I wasn’t going to force anything. I just tried to make something out of nothing. I saw that they had one backer in the box, so I just took what they gave me.”
Alo completed 6-of-7 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, giving Carson an early 26-10 lead. Carson was aided by Narbonne miscues, which included a lost fumble and a blocked kick.
For Narbonne, it was a tale of two halves. They clawed their way back into the game with two 1-yard touchdowns in the second half to bring them within three points from tying it.
Carson’s offensive continuity was significantly halted by the defensive adjustments Narbonne made at the half. Carson failed to score in the second half and the success the Colts had through the air virtually dissipated.
Carson opted to spread the field and establish the run to milk the clock. The last time Narbonne saw the ball was with 7:47 left to play in the game, when freshman cornerback Malik Cyphers intercepted Alo in the back of the end zone. Carson held Narbonne to a three-and-out on the ensuing possession.
In hindsight, Narbonne head coach Manuel Douglas said he would have opted to go for the first down had he known that when they punted the ball with 5:40 left to play that it would be the last time they would have gotten the ball.
Douglas thought his young Gauchos faired extremely well against a senior loaded Colts team. Although Douglass does not believe in “moral victories” he did state that there were “a lot of positives to build from.”
Alo finished the day passing 11 of 18 for 156 yards two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed the ball 9 times for 66 yards.
Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams finished the day completing 14 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He had an additional 90 yards on 18 carries.
When asked about his team’s chances of winning a city title, Coach Asante stated that there is an “open competition this year in the city and execution will play the difference.” He went on to state that projected city champion Crenshaw was “a good team, but they aren’t the same team they had last year.”
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