Tuesday, November 21, 2017
OUCH! It’s the Gauchos munching on City competition
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published October 30, 2008

After Week 7, we saw further proof the race to the City title is going to be wide open. And by that I mean Narbonne stretched their lead a bit wider in this horse race.

With their 27-24 triple overtime thriller over San Pedro, the Gauchos have only Washington and Gardena standing in the way of their regular season finale with Carson, which most likely determine the Marine League title should Carson win out.

The big thing now is that they took the City's toughest shot, fell down a few times and yet came away with a victory. They now control their own destiny as far as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs go.

The question is who slides in as the No. 2 team in the City at this point? Let's consider the candidates.

San Pedro (6-1): You have to make the strongest case for them, since they did hold Narbonne scoreless for 47 minutes. They also have the easiest road the rest of the season, with Banning, Washington and Gardena.

They have possibly the City's best defense but the question is if they have the offense to match some of the better scoring teams. But trust me when I say that their loss to Narbonne says more about how much of a contender they will be instead of where they fall short.

Taft (6-1): Along with Pedro, they have the best case – especially if the only team to beat them, Serra, remains undefeated.

They are the most balanced contender with a stingy defense and with an offense spearheaded by junior tailback D.J. Morgan (1,339 all purpose yards, 18 touchdowns).

They still have a road game at Birmingham, a team steadily improving every week, and should they win, it'll be hard not to slide the Toreadors in behind Narbonne.

Crenshaw (4-2): If they win tonight against Dorsey, they'll be in the conversation as the presumptive Coliseum League champions. However, they have the weakest argument so far.

A suspect secondary leaves them vulnerable to an upset and they have yet to play the complete team game head coach Robert Garrett has been waiting for. Assuming they win out the rest of the way, a more likely position is a No. 4-5 seed right above L.A. Jordan….

Speaking of the Bulldogs, their shocking upset to Roosevelt might surprise folks who expected them to contend for the City title. It's a candidate for biggest upset in the City – despite Roosevelt's 7-1 record – but how they lost is not a surprise.

After seeing them struggle against Esperanza and Mater Dei's running game firsthand, I'm not surprised Roosevelt would run the ball well on them. Of course, I didn't expect that to work to tune of 391 yards.

This week won't be any easier against South East and their stud runner, Senen Carson, but the Bulldogs know that the target on their back has gotten wider and they'll come out with something to prove…

Dominguez finally got their first win of the year with a 49-21 victory over Downey, thanks to 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns from tailback Marcus Darden.

Going back to last season's playoffs, the Dons were on a seven-game losing streak before last week's win. They may not admit it, but that was a much more meaningful win than they might let on, especially with the turmoil surrounding the program this past month.


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