- By Jason Dougas Lewis
- In High School
Narbonne and Carson drop the hammer on each other.
Narbonne and Carson had a battle of wills this past Friday night, which led to an amazing finish. Photo by Jason Lewis
Article originally published by the Los Angeles Sentinel. www.lasentinel.net
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor (2010-2013)
It is known that the Marine League is the toughest league in the City Section, and if they are going to provide more games like Carson’s match up at Narbonne this past Friday night, then all high school football fans need to make a trip down to the South Bay to watch these teams go at it.
Narbonne and Carson are big time rivals because many of their players have grown up together and played against each other since Pop Warner days, and these two teams are always in the hunt for the league and City title. So this game had added importance.
The much-anticipated game started with a bang, as Carson junior running back Tony Ingram ran the opening kick off back 85-yards for a touchdown. He would take another kick off back 81-yards for a touchdown later in the game, but it was called back because of a penalty
Carson’s running game was marching them down the field early, as a field goal on their second drive gave them a 10-0 lead, which ended up being the only two score lead of the game.
Narbonne junior quarterback Troy Williams was able to shake off his team’s slow start as he drove them on an 85-yard touchdown drive, which was capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Antonine Anderson.
Narbonne scored the game’s next touchdown, as senior running back Tray Boone scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, giving Narbonne a 16-10 lead.
Carson was able to regain the lead on the final play of the first half when USC bound wide receiver Darreus Rogers caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kevin McMahon. Carson led the game 17-16 at that point.
Carson seemed to take control of the game when junior linebacker Daniel Cortez intercepted a shovel pass from Williams and returned it for a 12-yard touchdown, giving Carson a 24-16 lead in the third quarter.
But Narbonne did not roll over. Later in the quarter Narbonne junior wide receiver A.J. Richardson caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, tying the score at 24 a piece.
The action died down for the remaining of the third quarter and early stages of the fourth. But just as this game started with fireworks, it ended with fireworks, as the next four drives of the game all produced touchdowns.
As the game became more intense, the players on both offenses kicked it up a notch.
After an interception by Narbonne junior defensive back Bruce Hicks at Carson’s 23-yard line, Narbonne sophomore running back Johnell Jackson scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, giving Narbonne a 31-24 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
Carson answered right back when senior running back Kemeron Walker caught an 8-yard touchdown pass with just over six minutes left in the game, tying the score at 31 a piece.
Narbonne answered with a three-yard touchdown run by Williams with just over three minutes to play, giving Narbonne a 38-31 lead.
As Carson mounted their final drive of the game, it seemed like this game was destined to go into overtime, unless Carson would decide to go for a two-point conversion.
Carson’s McMahon scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak, bringing Carson to within one point. It was an easy decision for Carson head coach Elijah Asante to make. His kicker had made all four PAT attempts and he nailed his only field goal try.
As Carson was on the verge of sending the game into overtime, a wild snap on the PAT sent the ball flying over the placeholder’s head, and Carson failed to tie the game, giving Narbonne a 38-37 victory.
This game was a real high school football classic, and it puts Narbonne in the drivers seat for the Marine League title. They now control their own destiny, but as head coach Manual Douglas points out, a loss this Friday against Banning will take most of the meaning out of their big win against Carson.
Douglas also wants his team to avoid overlooking Banning, as they play undefeated San Pedro the week afterward. That game could decide the league champion. San Pedro plays at Carson this Friday night. If they win and Narbonne knocks off Banning, then the winner of the San Pedro/Narbonne game will be league champions. If Carson knocks off San Pedro, then San Pedro can try to force a three-way tie with a win against Narbonne.
Narbonne has the inside track at this point, but there is a lot more football to be played.
Last week’s results
Crenshaw 67, Fremont 7
Dorsey 46, Manual Arts 6
West Adams 34, Locke 0
Roosevelt 44, Jordan 26
Narbonne 38, Carson 37
San Pedro 35, Gardena 7
Banning 21, Washington 6
Jefferson 61, Belmont 14
Los Angeles 21, Bernstein 14
Fairfax 28, University 7
Palisades 30, Hamilton 24
Venice 19, Westchester 14
Gardena Serra 44, St. Francis 30
Lakewood 31, Long Beach Cabrillo 6
Long Beach Jordan 46, Millikan 0
Long Beach Wilson 37, Compton 6
Inglewood 30, Culver City 10
Compton Centennial 36, South Torrance 28
Dominguez 54, Warren 7
Verbum Dei 14, La Salle 13
This week’s schedule
Dorsey (6-1) at Fremont (3-4), 7 p.m.
Locke (3-4) at Crenshaw (4-2), 7 p.m.
Manual Arts (4-3) at West Adams (2-5), 7 p.m.
Palisades (2-5) vs. Fairfax (4-3) at Belmont, Thursday 7 p.m.
Hamilton (4-3) at Venice (3-4), 7 p.m.
University (3-4) at Westchester (4-3), 7 p.m.
San Pedro (7-0) at Carson (3-4), 7 p.m.
Gardena (1-6) vs. Washington (2-5) at Los Angeles Southwest College, 3 p.m.
Banning (3-4) at Narbonne (5-2), 7 p.m.
Jordan (2-6) at South Gate (3-4), 7 p.m.
Los Angeles (3-5) at Santee (3-4), 7 p.m.
Jefferson (7-0) at Arleta (6-1), 3:30 p.m.
Verbum Dei (5-3) at St. Bernard (7-0), 7 p.m.
Gardena Serra (5-2) at St. Paul (6-1), 7:30 p.m.
Long Beach Jordan (3-4) at Lakewood (6-2), 7 p.m.
Long Beach Poly (6-1) at Millikan (1-6), 7 p.m.
Long Beach Wilson (4-3) at Long Beach Cabrillo (6-2), 7 p.m.
Culver City (5-2) at Hawthorne (5-2), 7 p.m.
Inglewood (2-5) at Beverly Hills (2-5), 7 p.m.
Morningside (3-4) vs. Santa Monica (6-1) at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m.
Gahr (5-2) at Dominguez (5-2), 7 p.m.
Sentinel top 10
1. Long Beach Poly (5-1)
2. Crenshaw (4-2)
3. Dorsey (6-1)
4. Narbonne (5-2)
5. Lakewood (5-2)
6. Gardena Serra (5-2)
7. San Pedro (7-0)
8. Carson (3-4)
9. Venice (3-4)
10. Jefferson (7-0)