Venice took an early season blow in a 37-20 loss to Chaminade, but this was a non-league game. Venice always get their act together for league play. Photo by Jason Lewis
Culver City and Fairfax had a tune up game to prepare for their season openers this week. Sophomore running back Donovan Davis helped Culver City get the best of Fairfax, who needs to make adjustments in a hurry, because they open against Dorsey. Photo by Jason Lewis
Crenshaw and Serra come up with big wins, and have prime time games this week against Norco and Long Beach Poly
Crenshaw and Serra have been dominant programs for the most part over the past five years, but both teams took their lumps last season as they were retooling after losing players such as De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon), Hayes Pullard (USC), Marqis Lee (USC), Robert Woods (USC), and George Farmer (USC).
Well both schools are off to a good start, as Crenshaw defeated Corona Santiago 43-31 and Serra knocked off Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 26-23.
In Crenshaw’s victory, junior quarterback Ajene Harris threw four touchdown passes, and Dominique Hatfield found the endzone three times.
Crenshaw will have a very tough match up on Thursday night when they host Norco. Three years ago, when Crenshaw made it all the way to the State Bowl, they knocked off Norco, which bolstered their schedule and helped them make it to the State Bowl. The last two seasons Norco has been able to get the best of Crenshaw, but this match up has produced some great games.
As for Serra, they have formed a great series with Notre Dame. Over the last two seasons the two teams have split their games, with the winner going on to have a big season. So that is a great sign for Serra.
This Friday will be a battle of the titans, as Serra and Long Beach Poly have become athletic factories, boasting nationally ranked teams in several sports. This Friday’s game is a high school football fans dream as this will be a battle between the best two programs in this area.
Both teams compete for a spot in the State Bowl every year, so this game is about more than just bragging rights. This is about more than which program is better. This is also about getting a leg up on the competition to make it to the State Bowl. A win over Poly or Serra goes a long way in terms of voting, so both teams will be throwing knockout blows all night long.
In other action from last week, Venice shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions in a 37-20 loss to Chaminade. Venice always schedules a tough non-league schedule, which helps them when league play comes around. Even with this loss, Venice will be fine long term this year.
Culver City and Fairfax had a scrimmage on Saturday to prepare for their season opener. Both teams struggled offensively early on, but Culver City was able to get the best of Fairfax, who struggled throughout the scrimmage with their passing game. Culver City was able to find their rhythm late and put points on the board.
Fairfax needs to get their act together in a hurry, because they play Dorsey tonight (Thursday). Culver City will open at West Torrance.
Last week’s results
Crenshaw 43, Corona Santiago 31
Cathedral 29, Locke 20
Long Beach Poly 42, Carson 26
Chaminade 37, Venice 20
Bell 28, Manual Arts 6
Canoga Park 34, Jefferson 14
Eagle Rock 52, Los Angeles 0
San Clemente 56, West Adams 0
Gardena Serra 26, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 23
Lakewood 38, Gahr 13
Norwalk 58, Long Beach Cabrillo 26
Santa Clara 19. Verbum Dei 13
St. John Bosco 57, Dominguez 7
Tesoro 55, Compton 14
Torrance 47, Hawthorne 6
This week’s schedule
Thursday, August 30th
Norco at Crenshaw, 7 p.m.
Fairfax vs. Dorsey at Rancho Cienega Park, 7 p.m.
Narbonne at Palos Verdes, 3 p.m.
Cleveland at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Jefferson at Reseda, 7 p.m.
Locke at University, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at Washington, 7 p.m.
Manual Arts at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.
Sun Valley Poly at Palisades, 7 p.m.
Sylmar at Venice, 7 p.m.
Taft at Gardena, 7 p.m.
View Park at Fremont, 7 p.m.
West Adams at San Pedro, 7 p.m.
Cathedral at Wilmington Banning, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 31st
Long Beach Poly at Gardena Serra, 7 p.m.
Compton at Compton Centennial, 5 p.m.
Culver City at West Torrance, 7 p.m.
Eastside at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.
Lakewood at St. John Bosco, 7 p.m.
Lawndale at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.
Lynwood at El Segundo, 7 p.m.
Loyola at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Lynwood at El Segundo, 7 p.m.
Mira Costa vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood), 7 p.m.
Morningside vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m.
San Clemente at Long Beach Cabrillo, 7 p.m.
Santa Margarita at Long Beach Jordan, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 1st
Carson vs. Fresno Edison at Fresno Sunnyside, 7:30 p.m.
Verbum Dei at Rancho Dominguez, 7 p.m.
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