No. 17 Narbonne 41, No. 14 Dorsey 7
December, 3, 2011
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
HARBOR CITY -- Say no more, Narbonne. We hear you loud and clear.
The Gauchos made a resounding statement Friday night, crushing Dorsey, 41-7, to end the debate about which team rightfully deserved the No. 2 seeding in the City Section Division I playoffs. Second-seeded Narbonne will face fifth-seeded Carson in the all-Marine League championship game Dec. 9 at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East L.A. College. Carson stunned top-seeded San Pedro, 24-19, in the other semifinal.
Based on a past result, Narbonne (10-3) is the slight favorite to capture the crown. The Gauchos beat Carson 38-37 on Oct. 21 when the Colts botched a potential game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minute.
“It’s good to be in the final three of the last four years,” Narbonne coach Manual Douglas said.
The win was nearly devastating on two fronts. Quarterback Troy Williams, the leading passer in the City Section, did not play in the second half after suffering a left leg injury on what looked like a malicious hit by a Dorsey lineman. (Williams finished with 202 yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 18 passing, which propelled him past the 3,000-yard mark for the season. He also rushed for 46 yards and another score.
"I'll be alright for next week," Williams said.
The other Narbonne casualty was starting tailback Tray Boone, who had 163 total yards and a touchdown on nine touches. Boone took a vicious hit midway through the second quarter and went cold for a few moments before walking off the field under his own power. The senior did not return to the game but Douglas said Boone would be fine.
"He's a leader of this team and brings a lot," Williams said of Boone. "He makes everyone want to play."
Third-seeded Dorsey (11-2), the Coliseum League champion, did not record a first down until its sixth drive and had only 17 yards from scrimmage in the first quarter. The Dons finally had something to cheer about when Daquan Brown returned a fumble 97 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Fans hadn’t even warmed their seats on this chilly South Bay night when Williams reached the end zone on a one-yard sneak to make it 20-0. A brief moment later, Williams dumped the ball off to Boone on a well-timed screen and he took it 50 yards for a touchdown.
Suddenly, the scoreboard read: Home 27, Visitor 0.
Just 27 seconds into the second quarter, the same Dorsey defense that, on average, had allowed only 10 points per game was being scorched. The previous season high for points allowed had been 26 against Garfield on Sept. 16, and the Dons had held 10 of their previous 12 opponents to 14 points or less.
"They got out to a fast start and we never recovered," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said. "On film we knew they had good speed, but their linemen were faster than we thought."
The Gauchos moved the ball effortlessly through their spread, uptempo attack. Narbonne drove the ball 80 yards on its first possession, which was capped by A.J. Richardson’s 48-yard scoring scamper. It was only an indication of things to come. Dorsey then tried to punt from deep in its own territory but the snap sailed high, and Narbonne’s Marquis Lomax scooped it up for a touchdown.
"I thought it was going to be a dogfight, personally," Williams said.
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