A player's jersey number says a lot about who he is. Sometimes it says a lot about what he wants to become.
Forget about filling someone's shoes, Dorsey's Marvin Hall wants to fill someone's jersey.
He wears No. 13 because it's the same number former Dons star Stafon Johnson wore. Johnson gave opponents headaches from 2002-05, rushing for a City Section record 5,777 yards and 58 touchdowns before moving on to USC.
Teams studied No. 13 on film, coaches drew up plans to stop him. But in the end all they got was a good view of No. 13's backside, chasing him up the field.
"I wear my number because Stafon wore it," Hall said. "I look up to him because of all the great things he has accomplished."
Hall wore it well in the opener last week, scoring three touchdowns -- two on catches and the other on a punt return -- in Dorsey's 41-0 win at North Hollywood. Dorsey, ranked No. 17 in ESPNLA.com's latest poll, hosts No. 23 Woodland Hills Taft (0-0) tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
You can bet Taft has spotted Hall on tape, but maybe No. 13's speed is different when the two take the field. Will it be too late by the time Taft figures it out?
"When it comes down to crunch time, your heart's racing," Hall said. "Your adrenaline is pumping and you're trying your best not to make any mistakes because you're that guy (the team) looks for to make that play."
"The biggest key is to come out every game and perform like I did in our first game."
If that happens, we'll know a whole lot more about who No. 13 is.
Three more to see
No. 4 Lakewood (1-0) at St. John Bosco (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - Something will have to give when these two meet. Lakewood's defense was dominant in a 49-0 win over Locke, while St. John Bosco put up 47 points at Mission Hills.
No. 25 St. Bonaventure (0-0) vs. No. 5 Long Beach Poly (1-0) at Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, Friday, 7 p.m. - The Jackrabbits' pass attack is back -- or at least that was the indication in Poly's 42-28 win over Bakersfield last week. Junior quarterback Chaiyse Hales threw for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns, and figures to keep taking shots down field.
No. 14 Bishop Amat (1-0) at No. 24 Compton Dominguez (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - Dominguez squeaked past Crespi on the road a week ago, but now has the task of containing the electric Zachary Shay.