The Crenshaw Cougars football team remain undefeated in the Coliseum League play after defeating the Dorsey Dons 51-0 during their Homecoming and Rivalry game. Dorsey made costly turnovers and the Crenshaw offense bested the Dorsey defense.
Crenshaw football head coach Robert Garrett was also the Los Angeles Rams Coach of the Week.
The Dons got the first possession of the game and their rushers sent them to the Crenshaw red zone. A fumble brought out the Crenshaw offense at their own 23-yard line, but the Cougars did not advance.
On their next possession, senior Jalen Poinson made key rushing plays for the Cougars and helping them score their first touchdown of the night.
“We wanted to come out and run the ball,” Poinson said. “We wanted to establish the run first before we were able to pass.”
The Dons offense committed a second fumble, allowing Crenshaw to start on the Dons’ 14-yard line with senior Dashawn Hightower making a touchdown catch.
“I had no choice, I had to pick up the ball and score,” Hightower said. “Try putting my team on my back.”
The Crenshaw defense were diligent in the second quarter, making a fumble recover 21-yard return and an interception. The Cougars offensive line scored off of both plays, giving them 42 points by halftime.
Senior quarterback James Pilcher sent a 20-yard pass to junior running back Kobe Carter for the final play in the third quarter. However, Dorsey fumbled on the next play.
“Our defense came up big,” Poinson said. “Our defense got those turnovers, put us in good field position, we just kept capitalizing.”
With only two losses, Crenshaw is on the bubble to qualify for the Open Division playoffs. Being aggressive early would help the Cougars have a competitive postseason run.
“We need to work on establishing the line of scrimmage. We need to make the line of scrimmage ours,” Poinsen said. “And once we make that ours, can’t nobody stop us.”
Football around the City
The Locke Saints defeated the View Park Knights 45-6 and the Pasadena Dulldogs shut out the Glendale Nitros 41-0. The Serra Cavaliers defeated Alemany 32-25 and the Hawkins Hawks beat the Fremont Pathfinders 18-13. The Maranatha Minutemen beat the Village Christian Crusaders 48-30 and Inglewood trounced the North Saxons 28-0.