Prep Profile – Inglewood
IN THE DUST: Senior tailback Jonathan Dewitt is one of the reason Inglewood has gotten off to a 3-1 start.Â – Nick Koza for Sentinel
By Randall Blakely
Sentinel Sports Writer
On one of the most beautiful Friday evenings in a long time, San Pedro High School squared off against a much improved Inglewood High School football team.
The game was reminiscent of a heavyweight championship with the champ delivering a brutal knockout punch. In the end the defending City co-champion was just too strong, too fundamentally sound. With this in hand, San Pedro High beat an Inglewood squad 27-20, that had just come off a 48-0 blow-out win over Los Angeles High School.
Let’s take a deeper look at Inglewood.
The Sentinels are a team with a lot of athleticism, good size and excellent team speed. They are a team with maybe seven to eight division I players. They are a fundamentally sound team with good leadership.
They have the ability to come from behind with any team, with the big pass play combinations and also explosive running backs. They play good defense with the exception of their cornerbacks, which need work.
On offense, they are lead by senior quarterback Shashaun Alexander, a transfer from Cathedral High School. Quick feet and strong arms make Alexander a very dangerous leader.
Junior wide receiver and defensive back Patrick Onwasor is 6’2″ and 185 pounds of blazing speed and finds a way to get open. He is their go-to guy and will beat your best man. No. 4 James Grace, senior, and No. 22 Kyle Evens, junior, did not play. Both are extremely talented with Grace a wide receiver and defensive back and Evens a running back and corner back; both have blazing speed.
Inglewood is loaded with talented running backs, starting with senior Jonathan Dewitt (5’9″, 170 pounds). He’s explosive as seen by his monster 60-yard touchdown against San Pedro and a 21-yard catch. Another good back is senior Mykel Washington, who has quick feet.
Another area that propels this team is its big guys up front lead by D1 player No. 85 Marcus Howard, tight end and DL, senior, 6’2″, 252 pounds, strong, fast, the team leader can catch the ball and run with a 40-yard dash time of 4.6 seconds.
There’s also senior running back/linebacker Robert Smith (5’7″, 185 pounds) who is fast (4.6 speed) and will put a hat on you.
This core of players makes Inglewood a very dangerous team. They also have very good special team play and will run the ball back on you. They have a solid kicking team.
Their next opponent is Palos Verdes High School at Coleman Stadium, which should be a good game.
They are coached by Charles Mincy, head coach, and Steven Thomas, assistant coach.