Hamilton wide receiver Ammiel Williams did not get much resistance from Sun Valley Poly’s defense, and neither did his teammates in a 48-8 victory. Photo by Jason Lewis
Gardena is the other Marine League undefeated team
In the City Section Narbonne and Crenshaw steal most of the headlines, as they appear to be on a collision course for the City title game, but there are some teams that are doing surprisingly well. Namely, Gardena.
Usually when people think of Gardena high school football, they think of Serra, but Gardena High School is also undefeated in that area, and they just lit up the scoreboard against Hawthorne. Gardena ran away with a 55-14 victory.
This game was over by halftime, as Gardena led 34-6. Running back Tyree Simmons rushed for 137 yards on only 11 carries, and he scored a school record six touchdowns. Five rushing, and one receiving.
Quarterback Phil Johnson threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
Before anybody gets carried away, Gardena’s other two wins were against Jefferson and Taft, neither of which are doing well this season, and neither is Hawthorne. But Gardena can only play who is on the schedule, and so far they are undefeated. Seeing what this program has done in recent memory, 3-0 is outstanding, no matter who it is against.
Lets not get any illusions of grandeur yet. They are not in the class of Marine League rival Narbonne, but seeing that a team finally scored on Narbonne, who knows what can happen. Well, Narbonne, who defeated Lakewood 61-6, has outscored their opponents 158-6, and that includes a 56-0 victory over Long Beach Poly.
Up next for Narbonne is Serra, which is supposed to be another challenge for defending City champions. But seeing what they are doing to some of the top Southern Section schools, it sounds weird, but it will be hard to believe that Serra can win this game. Even at 4-0, which includes wins over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Long Beach Poly, Serra will be underdogs in that game.
Cathedral continues to roll
Cathedral certainly likes to pass the ball, and their high-powered offense has carried them to a 4-0 record after a 55-6 victory over Westchester.
Quarterback Hayden Rettig has thrown for 1,071 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. He spreads the ball around, as he has three receivers who all have over 200 yards each. Torry McTyer leads the way with 264 yards and four touchdowns. Ladarius Wiley has 232 yards and four touchdowns, and Da’Mari Scott has 211 yards and seven touchdowns.
Cathedral also has two other receivers with over 100 yards each.
When league play begins, Cathedral will have games against Serra, St. Francis, Harvard-Westlake, and Chaminade. That is a pretty tough lineup.
Crenshaw and Oaks Christian will finally meet up
There was a heated debate back in 2009 over which team would make the state bowl game, and Crenshaw won that debate, becoming the first and only City Section team to make it that far.
Oaks Christian fans were upset that their team was not chosen, so Crenshaw was ready to schedule a game. Well it only took three years for this match up to happen, long after the likes of De’Anthony Thomas, Hayes Pullard, Geno Hall and a hand full of others are gone.
But this should still be a great game, which will be played at Oaks Christian.
Last week’s results
Crenshaw 41, Fresno Edison 30
Narbonne 61, Lakewood 6
Santa Margarita 72, Carson 0
Fremont 14, Huntington Park 9
Fairfax 28, Reseda 14
Cathedral 55, Westchester 6
Jefferson 34, Marshall 7
Gardena 55, Hawthorne 14
Los Angeles 29, Belmont 12
Hamilton 48, Sun Valley Poly 8
Manual Arts 35, Panorama 28
San Pedro 36, Locke 13
Venice 35, Garfield 21
Washington 66, Los Angeles Jordan 12
Serra 43, Banning 0
Compton 14, Morningside 8
Culver City 32, Redondo 27
Cypress 42, Long Beach Cabrillo 35
Inglewood 21, Burbank 14 (OT)
Lawndale 14, Leuzinger 13
Long Beach Jordan 41, Dominguez 13
Lynwood 49, Lancaster 6
Bakersfield 29, Long Beach Poly 6
This week’s schedule
All games Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Alemany vs. Dorsey at Rancho Cienega Park
Crenshaw at Oaks Christian
Manual Arts at Lincoln
Corona Centennial at Carson
Gardena at University
Fremont at Washington
Fairfax at San Pedro
Inglewood at Hamilton, 3 p.m.
Palisades at Granada Hills
La Salle at Westchester, 3:30 p.m.
View Park at Torres, 7 p.m.
Banning at Rancho Dominguez
West Adams at Culver City
South East at Los Angeles Jordan, 3 p.m.
Animo South Los Angeles at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.
Narbonne at Gardena Serra
Lynwood vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach) Thursday
Firebaugh vs. Douglass at Rancho Cienega Park Thursday
Long Beach Jordan at Long Beach Cabrillo
Compton vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach)
Long Beach Wilson at Lakewood
Morningside at Compton Centennial
Peninsula at Lawndale
Torrance at Leuzinger
Cathedral at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Verbum Dei at Bosco Tech, Saturday, 10 a.m.