Over the past few seasons, Narbonne and Carson High’s football teams had quite a rivalry.
The Colts, who are faced with rebuilding, started the season at 0-4 in non-league play before winning the next three in a row. Carson knew it would be in a stiff test against the top ranked team in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I and the Gauchos proved why. Behind University of Arizona-bound running back Sean Riley, Narbonne proved too much for the Colts in a 58-7 Marine League showdown rout.
Riley and the Gauchos (6-2 overall, 3-0 in league) wasted little time on Carson. Just two minutes into the game, Riley sprinted 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Gauchos a 14-0. He had a 65-yard run that gave Narbonne a 29-0 lead late in the first quarter. Riley rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Cedric Byrd started the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD. Quarterback Roman Ale added a 30-yard run that gave Narbonne a 21-0 lead.
The Gauchos, however, used their depth, especially in special teams. Byrd added a 50-yard punt return for a score and Devaugn Cooper had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Cooper also had a pair of TD catches. He caught three passes for 129 yards, from Ale and backup quarterback Jalen Chatman.
Carson’s only touchdown was on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Jaja Bellinger. The Colts had a few bright spots. Dayshawn Littleton had kickoff returns of 63 and 42 yards. Joseph Torres and Ari Harris each had one interception.
Narbonne hosts an improved Banning team Friday at 7 p.m. The Pilots are 2-1 and 6-2 overall in Marine action after downing Washington 52-28 last Friday.
Carson comes home to face San Pedro in a key Marine game at the same time. The Pirates improved to 2-1 in the Marine after crushing Gardena 61-3 last Friday at San Pedro.
Leuzinger rolls over South: Leuzinger High’s football team from Lawndale put itself in position to get a CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoff spot with a 45-14 home rout of South Torrance last Friday.
The Olympians showed their depth with six different players scoring touchdowns. On defense, Leuzinger had four interceptions.
Leuzinger (3-5 overall, 2-1in the Pioneer League) got things going quick, scoring on its first possession when quarterback Malik Jackson found Andre Hunt on a quick screen for a 71-yard TD play. From there, the Olympians continued to build their lead as South (6-2, 2-1).
The Olympians took a 14-0 lead midway in the first period on an interception return for the score. Leuzinger drove 72 yards for its third touchdown on a 14-yard run by Adrian Galera.
The Olympians started their next drive on an 83-yard run by Daniel Carmicle, starting the short drive at the South 4-yard line. On the next play, Carmicle scored from there for a 27-0 lead midway in the second quarter.
Carmicle rushed for 159 yards on 10 carries. Galera ran for 69 yards on 11 carries. Jackson completed 10 of 12 passes for 187 yards and two TD’s.
The Spartans finally got on the scoreboard in the third period on a 4-yard keeper from quarterback Gabe Zuniga. The score climaxed an 80-yard drive on just six plays.
Leuzinger finished with three touchdowns. Jackson found Tariq Culpepper for a 16-yard TD; running back Lionel Smith scored on a 21-yard run and Galera scored his second touchdown on 7-yard run.
“In the past two games, we had only one turnover,” Leuzinger head coach Damion Porter said. “Before, we were averaging three to four turnovers. Our results have been better consistently and our defense got better. We’re getting better every day.”
The Olympians, who a week earlier rolled over winless Torrance (0-8, 0-3) 60-0 on Oct. 16, will be heavily challenged as they visit North Torrance Friday at 7 p.m. The Saxons are red hot with a 7-1 overall record and 3-0 in the Pioneer, after crushing host Torrance 69-0. After opening its season with a 26-21 lost against host Redondo on Aug. 28, North recorded seven straight wins, five of those by lopsided shutouts. The Saxons are led by dominating all-around player Mique Juarez, who de-committed from playing football at University of Southern California shortly after the firing of head coach Steve Sarkesian.
Hawthorne stuns El Segundo: After an 0-5 non-league record, Hawthorne High’s football team started the Ocean League with a 3-0 record with a 23-14 upset win over host El Segundo last Friday.
The Cougars, who are 3-5 overall, put the game away with about a minute left when running back Johnal Ray scored on a 29-yard run.
The Eagles, who lost their first game of the season and ended their 22-game league winning streak, scored first on a run by Taz Tauaese. Hawthorne came back when Marte Mapu connected with Jaylen Morgan for an 84-yard touchdown play.
The Cougars scored, again, on defense. After sacking El Segundo quarterback Jason Kehl, Eric Holmes recovered a fumble and raced 58 yards for a TD.
Tauaese got the Eagles close on a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion. Hawthorne put the game away after another El Segundo turnover, one of six the Eagles made.
Mapu completed 12 of 20 passes for 172 yards. He was intercepted twice.
Hawthorne will attempt to improve to 4-0 and, possibly, set a state for an Ocean showdown at home with Lawndale (7-1, 3-0) on Nov. 6, as it visits Culver City (5-3, 1-2) Friday at 7 p.m. The Centaurs won their first league game at winless Santa Monica (0-8, 0-3) 49-0.
El Segundo (7-1, 2-1) hope to get back on the winning track but will visit a very good Lawndale team (7-1, 3-0) Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals rolled over winless Beverly Hills (0-8, 0-3) 61-0 last Friday at home. Lawndale is led by quarterback Chris Murray and wide receiver Bryant Perkinson.
Last Week’s Results:
Friday, October 23:
CIF-L.A.City Section: Marine League: Narbonne 58, Carson 7; San Pedro 61, Gardena 3; Banning 52, Washington 28.
Western League: Venice 55, Westchester 7.
CIF-Southern Section: Bay League: Palos Verdes 29, Morningside 7; Mira Costa 55, Inglewood 8; Redondo def. Peninsula by forfeit. (Peninsula drops varsity team for remainder of season due to lack of numbers and high risk. The Panthers (2-6, 0-3) will also forfeit other games to Inglewood and Palos Verdes.)
Ocean League: Hawthorne 23, El Segundo 14; Lawndale 61, El Segundo 0; Culver City 49, Santa Monica 0.
Pioneer League: Leuzinger 45, South Torrance 14; North Torrance 69, Torrance 0; West Torrance 42, Compton Centennial 12.
South Catholic League: Bishop Montgomery 41, St. Bernard 6.
Express League (Eight-man): Rolling Hills Prep 49, Lutheran 31.
Non-League: Mary Star 48, Trinity Classical 14.
This Week’s Schedule:
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Marine League: Banning at Narbonne, 7 p.m.; San Pedro at Carson, 7 p.m.; Gardena at Washington, 7 p.m.
Western League: University at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Bay League: Mira Costa at Morningside, 7 p.m.; Redondo at Palos Verdes, 2:30 p.m.
Mission League: Alemany at Serra, 7 p.m.
Ocean League: Hawthorne at Culver City, 7 p.m.; El Segundo at Lawndale, 7 p.m.
Pioneer League: Leuzinger at North Torrance, 7 p.m.; West Torrance at South Torrance, 7 p.m.; Compton Centennial at Torrance, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe League: Mary Star vs. Bosco Tech at Salesian High, 7 p.m.
South Catholic League: Bishop Montgomery at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.; St. Bernard vs. Verbum Dei at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m.
Eight-Man: Express League: Rolling Hills Prep at Avalon, 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 31:
Eight-Man Non-League: Bellermine-Jefferson at Chadwick, 1 p.m.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10: 1. Serra (7-1), 2. Narbonne (6-2), 3. Redondo (7-1), 4. North Torrance (7-1), 5. Mira Costa (7-1), 6. Lawndale (7-1), 7. Palos Verdes (5-3), 8. El Segundo (7-1), 9. Bishop Montgomery (7-1), 10. Banning (5-2).