Los Angeles Preps: Antwaun Woods

LA North: Football recruits

February, 2, 2011
Steve Dillon from Palmdale and Antwaun Woods from Woodland Hills Taft are going to have some stiff competition on the defensive line at USC. Greg Townsend Jr., the son of former NFL defensive lineman Greg Townsend, and Christian Heyward from Point Loma in San Diego also committed to USC today. Dillon van der Wal had a last-minute change of heart and switched his verbal commitment from Arizona State to Vanderbilt.


Steven Manfro, running back, Valencia


Patrick Carroll, OT, St. Francis


Steve Dillon, defensive end, Palmdale

Antwaun Woods, DT, Woodland Hills Taft


Dillon van der Wal, defensive end, Oaks Christian

Washingtion State

TJ Poloai, DT, Burbank

Taft's Nick Conway makes himself heard

November, 7, 2010
VIDEO By Tim Haddock

WOODLAND HILLS -- At first glance, Nick Conway appears to be your typical high school football player. Sure, he might be a bit undersized, at 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds, but not everyone at this level is blessed with a tremendous physical presence.

After spending a few minutes with Conway, you realize the junior from Woodland Hills Taft is anything but an average athlete. But he’s also the first to say he feels no different from anyone else.

Conway is deaf. He was born that way. Don’t call him hearing impaired either. He doesn‘t approve of such terminology. While some might perceive his condition as a handicap, he’s perfectly fine with a noise-free existence. He has embraced it.

Completely comfortable in his own skin, Conway has learned to focus his efforts on using his other keen senses on the gridiron. Surprisingly enough, his resolve and determination is finally paying off. He worked his way into the starting lineup for the Toreadors earlier this season and has emerged as a mainstay on the defensive line.

“When a kid can play, you let him play, it’s that simple. Deaf or not, Nick can play this game, his motor never stops, ’’ Taft coach Matt Kerstetter said, “Once we saw what he could do out there on the field, it was a no-brainer decision. We found a spot for him right away. There‘s something special about Nick.

“Let it be well known, we’re not about giving anyone a free ride around here, that’s not the way we do things at Taft. Nick is no charity case. He's worked extremely hard and proved himself. He’s earned a job on this team.

“Put it this way, his story wouldn’t be compelling if he was on the bench, standing around with a clipboard in his hands. Once that whistle blows, he’s flying around. Really, he’s a big inspiration. I wish more of our guys played with his type of intensity, we would be a much better program, I can tell you that much.’’

(Read full post)

LA South: Dorsey 37, Taft 24

September, 10, 2010

It might be your night when a quick hitch route develops into something much greater.

Dorsey receiver Marvin Hall ran the simple pattern on the first play from scrimmage Thursday night and quarterback Joseph Gray got him the ball.

What followed is exactly what coaches dream of when they draw up their first plays.

"We wanted to get off to a fast start," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said smiling. "We wanted to control this game."

An aggressive side-step following the catch allowed Hall to turn it into an 80-yard race down the sideline, proving that nothing is ever simple when you factor in his speed. He was at it again minutes later, adding a score of 21 yards.

Ladies and gentleman, we give you Dorsey's X-factor.

"Marvin has really matured," Knox said. "Last year he started for us, but he wasn't the focal point of our offense. With a year of experience, he knows what we're asking of him and he's been delivering."

The fast start propelled No. 17 Dorsey (2-0) past visiting No. 23 Woodland Hills Taft, 37-24, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

(Read full post)