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Football: Narbonne looks to write a different story

Narbonne coach Manual Douglas looks on as his team warms up before a recent game. Blair Angulo For ESPNLA.com

Narbonne football coach Manual Douglas wants to avoid a repeat, for obvious reasons.

In their second game last season, the Gauchos played Long Beach Poly tough only to lose by three in a game that went down to the final moments. Last Friday in their second game this season, Narbonne again lost to Poly, again by a mere three points, 19-16, as quarterback Troy Williams' last-minute heaves toward the end zone fell incomplete.

Douglas is quick to point out that his team, after losing to the Jackrabbits last season, dropped its next two games. And like any coach, Douglas is aware of the striking similarities.

Now he hopes history doesn't repeat itself.

"We can't have a great game, lose and not do anything with it," Douglas said.

On Thursday, City Section contender Narbonne (1-1) travels to Tesoro (2-1) for another intersectional duel. The Gauchos then face Gardena Serra (2-1) at home and Culver City (2-0) on the road before kicking off Marine League play on Oct. 14.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.