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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Inland Empire: Kelsey Young runs over Crenshaw, 25-21

By Dan Arritt

NORCO -- The sequel was almost as good as the original.

Norco and Crenshaw got together again Friday night and the game played out similar to last season's meeting, only this time Norco finished on top.

Kelsey Young rushed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 37-yard scamper with 5:24 remaining, and the Cougars held on for a 25-21 victory over Crenshaw at Norco.

Young rushed for 245 yards last season, when the Cougars lost at Crenshaw, 47-44.

Young, who has committed to Stanford, scored on two of his first three carries in the rematch, a 71-yarder and a 73-yarder.

Crenshaw all-purpose player De'Anthony Thomas answered with two touchdown runs of his own, and Jason King hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars a 21-12 lead at the half.

Norco stiffened on defense in the second half and did not allow Crenshaw to score. Norco freshman quarterback Coltin Gerhart completed his first pass of the season, a 36-yard touchdown to Joshua Long, to cut the deficit to two with 11:07 left in the third quarter.

Norco missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt later in the quarter that would have given it the lead, and was then stopped on back-to-back plays inside the Crenshaw five-yard line to snuff out another scoring chance.

Crenshaw quarterback Jason McConico injured his ribs on the first play of the fourth quarter and Marquis Thompson was forced to step in down the stretch. Crenshaw was stopped on downs at the Norco 23 with 3:12 remaining and ran out of time as they moved inside the 20-yard line at the end of regulation.

Here's some video of Norco's last defensive stand, followed by interviews with Young and Norco coach Todd Gerhart.