There were 11 Culver City defenders on the field, but they didn’t seem to bother Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams, who completed 21-of-27 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in their 49-23 victory. He also rushed for one touchdown. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
With the non-league schedules being over, it is time for the real season and league play across the City Section and Southern Section get into motion.
In the City Section, the toughest league as usual is the Marine League, with Carson, Narbonne, and San Pedro battling year in and year out for the title. All three schools have been to the City championship game over the past four seasons.
Record rise, San Pedro is looking the best at 5-0, but that record is inflated. They did not schedule a tough non-league schedule like Narbonne and Carson did. Four of San Pedro’s five victories came against teams with losing records, while Narbonne and Carson stacked their non-league schedule with some heavy hitters.
Narbonne (3-2) came out looking the best, with victories over Gardena Serra and Culver City, and they nearly knocked off Long Beach Poly.
Narbonne junior quarterback Troy Williams is one of the best in the nation, and he proved it this past Friday night in a 49-23 victory over Culver City, where he completed 21-of-27 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams pretty much did anything that he wanted during the game. He threw the ball down field, he had great timing on his short passes, and when he scrambled he was always looking down field. When he decided to take off and run he had the speed to pick up chunks of yards, as he rushed for 65 yards on nine carries.
Williams’ favorite target was junior wide receiver A.J. Richardson, who caught eight passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Carson, like Narbonne, played a tough non-league scheduled, but they did not get the same results as Narbonne.
Carson finished with a 2-3 record, but they were routed by Long Beach Poly, Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo. Even though Carson had a tough go at it, they are still one of the best teams in the City.
The Marine League will feature the best games in league play, with a three game period between October 21 and November 4 deciding the league winner. Carson plays at Narbonne on October 21, San Pedro plays at Carson on October 28, and Narbonne plays at San Pedro on November 4.
In the Coliseum league, as usual, the one game that really matters is Crenshaw against Dorsey, which will be held at Crenshaw on November 3.
Dorsey is looking pretty good with a 4-1 record, and they have a good win against Alemany and they nearly won at Redlands East Valley. Those are two really good Southern Section teams. Dorsey also knocked off Taft, who is usually one of the top City Section teams.
Crenshaw is 2-2. After two tough losses to Alta (Utah) and Norco, two very good teams, Crenshaw started looking like themselves in the second half of a blowout victory over Banning, and they routed Gardena.
Dorsey has a better non-league record than Crenshaw, but that was also true last year, when Dorsey started the season 5-0 and Crenshaw was 3-2. Dorsey rolled into their game against Crenshaw with a 9-0 record, and then got routed.
Until Dorsey can beat Crenshaw, which they have not done since 2006, Crenshaw is the team to beat. Over that period of time, Crenshaw has defeated Dorsey five times, and none of the games have been close.
To take it one step further, until a City Section team beats Crenshaw, they are the team to beat. Crenshaw has won their last 19 games against City Section opponents, and all of those victories have been by 20 or more points.
It is pretty clear who the top teams are in the Coliseum and Marine leagues, but the Western league may be up for grabs.
As usual, Venice is the team to beat, but like every year, it seems like there will be a couple teams that can challenge them.
Venice usually plays a tough non-league schedule, and this year was no different. But this year they went 1-4. That does not mean that they are going to continue to struggle, because the have turned it around in league play in the past.
Westchester has built up a 4-1 record against decent opponents, but their schedule was not nearly as tough as Venice’s schedule was.
Fairfax has looked decent at 3-2, and Hamilton could be in the mix with a 3-2 record.
But in the Western League, Venice is a lot like Crenshaw. Until somebody beats them, they are the team to beat. They have won or shared the league title each year since 2003, and they have not lost a league game since 2005 when Fairfax knocked them off.
In the Southern Section, the Moore league comes down to Long Beach Poly and Lakewood, as usual. This year they will settle things early, as they play each other this Friday night at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. The winner most likely will win the league’s championship.
Poly is 5-1 and they are one of the best teams in the Southern Section. Their only loss was a close one to Mission Viejo.
Lakewood, 5-1, is also highly ranked, so this Friday night’s game against Poly will be the biggest game of the night.
In the Ocean league, Culver City, 4-1) looks like they are the team to beat, but they will have competition from Santa Monica, 4-0-1, and Hawthorne, 4-1.
Big games this week
Lakewood travels to Long Beach Poly for what can be called the Moore League championship game, and Fairfax gets the first crack at Venice, who has not lost a Western League game since 2004.
Last week’s results
Fairfax pretty much had their way against Wilson, as running back Marquis Smith rushed for 161 yards and scored four touchdowns in their 45-7 victory. Photo by Jason Lewis
Jordan 25, Huntington Park 14
Jefferson 48, Los Angeles 0
Hamilton 35, Fremont 0
Manual Arts 12, Washington 8
San Pedro 50, Westchester 20
Lakewood 54, Compton 0
Long Beach Poly 67, Long Beach Jordan 6
Hawthorne 19, Leuzinger 9
Lynwood 29, Lawndale 24
Palos Verdes 42, Inglewood 14
Santa Monica 41, Compton Centennial 16
Carson 28, San Diego Lincoln 14
Mater Dei 52, Gardena 16
Narbonne 49, Culver City 23
Vista Murrieta 37, Palisades 0
View Park 35, Blair 6
Cleveland 38, University 20
Fairfax 45, Wilson 7
Morningside 17, Firebaugh 14 (OT)
Bishop Amat 38, Venice 35
This week’s games
All games are Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Fremont (3-2) at Locke (2-3), 3 p.m.
Manual Arts (4-1) at Crenshaw (2-2)
West Adams (1-4) vs. Dorsey (4-1) at Rancho Cienega Park
Annenberg (0-1) vs. View Park (1-4) at Rancho Cienega Park, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Garfield (1-5) at Jordan (2-4), 3 p.m.
Narbonne (3-2) at Gardena (1-4)
Washington (2-3) at San Pedro (5-0)
Banning (2-3) at Carson (2-3)
Belmont (2-4) at Los Angeles (2-4), 3 p.m.
Contreras (2-3) at Jefferson (5-0)
Palisades (0-5) at University (3-2), 3 p.m.
Westchester (4-1) at Hamilton (3-2), 3 p.m.
Venice (1-4) vs Fairfax (3-2) at Belmont
Leuzinger (0-5) at Palos Verdes (3-2), 3 p.m.
St. Bernard (6-0) at Bosco Tech (6-0), 4:30 p.m.
Verbum Dei (3-3) vs. Mary Star (0-5) at Daniels Field (San Pedro)
Lakewood (4-1) vs. Long Beach Poly (4-1) at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach)
Long Beach Cabrillo (5-1) at Compton (1-5)
Beverly Hills (1-4) at Hawthorne (4-1)
Inglewood (1-4) vs. Santa Monica (4-0-1) at Santa Monica College
Morningside (3-2) at Culver City (4-1)
Lawndale (1-4) at El Segundo (2-3)
North Torrance (1-4) at Compton Centennial (4-1), 6 p.m.
Dominguez (3-2) at Lynwood (2-3)
Sentinel Top 10
San Pedro running back Brent Speight looked for some running room in their 50-20 victory over Westchester. Both teams entered the game undefeated, and both teams look to compete for their league titles. Photo by Ken Brooks
1. Long Beach Poly (4-1)
2. Lakewood (4-1)
3. Crenshaw (2-2)
4. Dorsey (4-1)
5. Narbonne (3-2)
6. Carson (2-3)
7. Gardena Serra (3-2)
8. Culver City (4-1)
9. San Pedro (5-0)
10. Venice (1-4)
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