Inglewood defeats Culver City in 66-60 3-OT thriller
By Eric Lambkins II,
Sentinel Sports Writer
If it weren’t for Inglewood cornerback Andrew Moore’s interception in the third overtime, Inglewood and Culver City may very well still be playing. In a heroic effort to connect with wide receiver Reggie House, Culver City quarterback Jordan Arrington’s plans were foiled as Moore made a spectacular defensive play in the back of the end zone to secure a 66-60 win in the third overtime for Inglewood.
In an epic game where both teams combined for over 1,200 yards from scrimmage, over 15 touchdowns, and a few contested penalties, the Inglewood Sentinels came up with the big play when it mattered most.
In a closely contested game, the Sentinels continued to breathe life into a scrappy Culver City team, as Inglewood managed to fail to convert on Special Teams after scores and offensive miscues at the end of regulation.
With 1:18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Culver City took possession on their 33 yards line. Arrington initiated the march that would propel the game into overtime when he connected with the versatile playmaker, Kevin Porshe, for a 30-yard strike. Culver City tied the game on the subsequent play when Arrington connected with wide receiver Alex Jackson for one of Jackson’s three touchdown scores of the night. Kevin Porshe added a two point conversion which tied the game at 53-53.
In the first overtime, Culver City had an opportunity to win the game after Ky Dorsey picked off Inglewood quarterback Sean Simmons. The Centaurs failed to capitalize on the opportunity when Sentinel wide receiver/strong safety Patrick Onwuasor blocked a Ret Tilman field goal attempt.
The second overtime was filled with equal drama when Culver City tied the game on a fourth and eight touchdown pass from Arrington to Porshe and an added extra point by Tilman, after Inglewood went up by seven, on one of the four Patrick Onwuasor touchdowns of the game. Onwuasor had an electrifying kickoff return for an 87-yards touchdown and also scored on a 90-yard interception return.
In the final overtime period, Inglewood wide Receiver Joel Brown drew a contested pass interference call against the Culver secondary on fourth and thirty-eight, that set up a 38-yard touchdown snag by Onwuasor.
Inglewood wide receiver Derrick Woods also made a notable mark on the game scoring five touchdowns on the day, including two long scampers of 47 and 66-yards.
Before being taken to UCLA hospital for concussion like symptoms during the overtime period, Inglewood running back Kyle Evans finished the game with 248-rushing yards and a 44-yard touchdown.
Culver City running back Zakee Johnson rushed 14/72 and a touchdown.
Culver City quarterback was 18 of 44 with 422-yards passing, with five touchdown passes, and three interceptions.
Culver City receivers Alex Jackson caught six passes for 130-yards and 3 touchdowns and Duncan Ashley caught two passes for 85-yards and two scores.
Culver City’s player of the game, Kevin Porshe, had 289 total yards as he went 7 for 77-yards rushing, 3 of 4 passing for 77-yards and a touchdown, and had 15 catches for 135-yards and a touchdown.
Inglewood (5-2, 2-0) will face Beverly Hills for a showdown next week to establish league dominance.
Culver City (4-3, 1-1) will attempt to bounce back from an emotional letdown against Hawthorne.
Week 7 Wrap up
By David Earley
Sentinel Sports Writer
Three Weeks Left before Playoffs
In the City Section the title races are starting to show their true form. In the Marine league Carson will play Narbonne, which could eventually decide the league champion, but San Pedro will not go down without making some noise and probably beating one of the two. In the Western league you can still consider Venice the shoe in, but Westchester, Fairfax and Hamilton are all 1-1. Jefferson made a wise decision to move into the Southern league because now the Demos have returning players, post a 7-0 record and are in position to win the league title and bid for the Invitational Championship. In the east, you will find that Garfield and Jordan are playing with hopes that the other teams will lose even though Garfield won the game between the two. Coliseum league is the same as always with Crenshaw and Dorsey waiting for week 10 so that they can determine each others fate and playoff seeding.
There was lots of action around the city this week and here’s a recap of action you may have missed out on. Over at L A Jordan Friday afternoon Jakeel Cooper would put on an offensive and defensive performance as the Bulldogs would man handle the Southgate Rams 33-14. Cooper would score two touchdowns on runs of one and 30 yards. Justin Lewis would throw for over 200 yards. Devonte Smith and Robert Mc Covery also had touchdown catches and the Bulldog defense was stingy allowing minimal first downs and two touchdowns on missed tackles. Jordan will host Southeast on Friday afternoon looking for a win in their homecoming game. I would also like to remind our readers that the City Section is also in the valley and there are teams in the playoff hunt that we cannot forget about, such as Taft and Birmingham in the upper division and Arleta, Reseda, and Lincoln, which all have excellent league records in the lower division.
Jefferson was a big winner against Belmont 47-13 and Westchester would use little offense and lots of defense to beat Hamilton’s high scoring offense 13-7. Venice remained unbeaten in league play by outlasting Fairfax 35-21.
In the Southern section even Long Beach Poly is taking a backseat to the Serra Cavaliers. Poly appears to now be in position to win the Moore league title after beating Lakewood two weeks ago, but strange things happen during this time of the season. One injury can change a team’s entire disposition and direction in the blink of an eye. The buzz around Serra keeps getting louder and louder. The Cavs look and play with a swagger that lets every opposing team know they mean business, and the Mission league doesn’t stand a chance against this team that is big enough to play in Division 1 or 2. In the San Gabriel valley league Dominguez has finally taken form and is sitting on top of that league with no one appearing to be in their way.
In Southern Section action last week, in a losing effort Centennial had over 300 total yards but had a major defensive let down against South Torrance allowing them to turn a 2nd quarter 14-0 lead into a 21-14 halftime deficit. Eventually the Apaches would lose the game 35-29. Inglewood has just about taken control of the Ocean league by beating Santa Monica first and then Culver City Friday night in a 66-60 shoot out, they will host Beverly Thursday night in a must win game. Serra waited until after halftime, and the homecoming ceremony to show St Paul why they are being talked about so often with a decisive 34-7 win The Cavs should have there hands full when they host Harvard-Westlake this Friday.
Week 7 scores
This was supposed to be a down year for Venice, but Fairfax was unable to capitalize, falling 35-14 at Venice. Photo by Jason Lewis
Crenshaw 55, Manual Arts 0
Dorsey 34, West Adams 8
Locke 28, Fremont 0
Jordan 33, South Gate 14
Carson 69, Wilmington Banning 0
Narbonne 41, Gardena 12
San Pedro 59, Washington 0
Contreras 28, Santee 7
Jefferson 47, Belmont 13
Los Angeles 26, Bernstein 23
Palisades 44, University 7
Venice 35, Fairfax 21
Westchester 13, Hamilton 7
Wide receiver Quron Smith helps lift Verbum Dei past La Salle 36-24. Photo by Nick Koza
Verbum Dei 36, La Salle 24
Gardena Serra 34, St. Paul 7
Lakewood 42, Long Beach Jordan 28
Long Beach Poly 59, Millikan 0
Hawthorne 12, Morningside 7
Inglewood 66, Culver City 60 (3-OT)
North Torrance 34, Lawndale 7
South Torrance 35, Compton Centennial 29
Warren 21, Lynwood 6
Dominguez 55, Gahr 6
Palos Verdes Estates 23, Leuzinger 13
Sentinel Top 10 High School Football Rankings
1. Serra Cavaliers (7-0)
2. Crenshaw Cougars (5-2)
3. Dorsey Dons (7-0)
4. Dominguez Dons (6-1)
5. Long Beach Poly (5-2)
6. Lakewood Lancers (6-1)
7. Carson Colts (5-2)
8. Inglewood Sentinels (5-2)
9. Narbonne Gauchos (4-3)
10. Culver City Centaurs (5-2)
THIS WEEKS GAMES
Santee@ Los Angeles
Eagle Rock@ Marshall
Dorsey@ Manual Arts
Locke@ West Adams
San Pedro@ Gardena
Huntington Park@ Southgate
Peninsula@ Mira Costa
Hawthorne@ Culver City
Santa Monica@ Morningside
El Segundo@ North Torrance
Lawndale@ South Torrance
Long Beach Jordan@ Compton
Long Beach Wilson@ Long Beach Poly(Veteran Stadium)
St Bernards@ Verbum Dei (Southwest College)