Monday, December 6, 2010
L.A. South: Five things from the weekend
By Blair Angulo
1. What do you get when two teams try to run the ball on a loose, dry field? A Dust Bowl of sorts. And as cough-worthy as the first few minutes of Friday night's City Section Division I semifinal between Woodland Hills Taft and top-seeded Carson were, it quickly turned into a Fog Bowl. It wasn't exactly Eagles-Bears of '88, but let's just say visibility became an issue for both teams. The dense mist rolled through Carson and left its mark, yet Colts ball carriers had success planting their feet and cutting up field. Tailbacks Dion Willis and Myles Johnson each surpassed the 100-yard mark; quarterback Justin Alo made just one pass in the second half. It doesn't appear as if Carson will have dust or fog to worry about at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
2. Speaking of Saturday, Crenshaw coach Robert Garrett, who wasn't necessarily happy when his Cougars received a No. 2 seeding for the City Section Division I playoffs in early November, will get a chance to prove who the No. 1 team is. That's the beautiful thing about sports -- and playoffs in particular (looking at you, BCS): Things are eventually decided on the field. And at this point, it's tough to bet against the defending champs. Crenshaw, a 63-12 winner over No. 3-seeded Venice on Friday, has outscored opponents 156 to 26 in three playoff games. Scarier yet: The Cougars are on a 574-55 scoring streak in 11 consecutive wins.
3. Western Division top seed Serra, ranked No. 4 in the area by ESPNLA.com, scored on its first four possessions Friday to build a cozy 28-7 lead in the first quarter against visiting Paso Robles. The Cavaliers went on to win 41-23, advancing to the final against Arroyo Grande. The explosive showcase was just the latest in an impressive string: Serra has won 28 straight since losing to Oaks Christian in the 2008 Northwest Division title game.
4. A night after top-seeded West Covina advanced to the Southeast Division title game, Hacienda League rival Bonita did the same, ousting La Serna, 21-16 on Saturday. The Bearcats, 55-21 losers to West Covina five weeks ago, have revenge on their minds. Bonita lost out on the Hacienda League crown but has a chance to make up for it this Friday.
5. South Torrance (12-1) has entered uncharted territory. The Spartans' Northwest Division title game at Lompoc this Friday will be the program's first-ever division championship appearance, snapping a drought of 53 years. No. 2-seeded South clinched a spot in the final with a 35-7 victory at Templeton on Saturday.