Los Angeles Preps: Carson

Carson's Tautalafua ties state home run mark

May, 18, 2012
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Carson's Darian Tautalafua hit her 53rd career home run on Friday afternoon, tying the state record in the top-seeded Colts' 10-4 win against Chatsworth in the City Section softball playoffs.

Tautalafua, who has signed to play next year at Long Beach State, has 17 home runs this season. She tied the mark shared by Crenshaw's Alia Williams (2006-09) and La Crescenta Valley's Baillie Kirker (2006-09).

Tautalafua will have a chance to set a new record Tuesday when Carson meets Granada Hills in the semifinals.

Football: Look out for Serra this fall

February, 15, 2012
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State bowl game appearances had become the norm at Gardena Serra in recent years. Expectations fell dramatically in 2011 following the graduation of elite talent, namely George Farmer and Marqise Lee. Still, Serra was good enough to earn a No. 1 seeding in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs, but stumbled in first-round shocker against Culver City.

The Cavaliers will be looking to bounce back this year. They have one of the region's top running backs in senior-to-be Anterio Bateman, and there's a crop of young talent moving up the ranks.

Quarterback Jalen Greene, athlete Jordan Lasley and linebacker Dwight Williams were among a handful of elite sophomores invited to USC's prestigious "Junior Day" camp last week.

Bateman averaged over nine yards per carry last season despite being limited by a nagging ankle injury. Greene accumulated more than 2,000 yards of offense and had 17 total touchdowns in a dual-threat role. Lasley transferred in from Carson, where he was the heir apparent to all-City Section honoree Darreus Rogers. Williams is the team's leading returning tackler.

Serra opens the season in late August against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame before leaving the state for a game in Utah.

Trenchmen Academy set for this weekend

February, 13, 2012
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St. Paul football coach Elijah Asante, who led Carson to the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship game the last two seasons, is continuing his linemen camp at the new digs.

Asante's "Trenchmen Academy" is scheduled for the upcoming weekend at St. Paul in Santa Fe Springs. It kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with an information session on academic requirements for college qualification. On Saturday morning, linemen will weight train, study film and go through a variety of competitions. The camp closes Sunday with two hours of community service.

A number of elite lineman participated in the camp last year, including Santa Margarita's Max Tuerk (USC), Dominguez's Lacy Westbrook (UCLA) and Corona Centennial's Milo Jordan (Arizona State). Registration is $100. For more information, contact Asante at coachelijah@gmail.com.

St. Paul recently hired former USC offensive lineman Zack Heberer as offensive line/strength and conditioning coach.

Three ejected in Oaks Christian tourney

December, 29, 2011
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correctly identify the name of the Palisades player who was ejected. Please read that update here.

The Agoura and Palisades girls' basketball team didn’t stay in the holiday spirit for very long.

Three players were ejected from an Oaks Christian tournament game for fighting in the fourth quarter. Agoura’s Kylie Cunnigham and Palisades’ Asia Smith started fighting in the final period of the consolation game at Oaks Christian.

Both players were ejected. Agoura’s Sydney Bennett came off the bench and was also ejected.

When play resumed, Agoura won, 56-41. Noamm Leadd led Agoura in scoring with 22 points. Cummingham was had 12 points when she was ejected from the game.

Smith had a team-high 10 points for Palisades. Bennett had 0 points.

In other games in the Oaks Christian girls basketball tournament, Thousand Oaks beat Carson, 67-29; Newbury Park beat Taft, 52-29; and El Camino Real beat St. Joseph of Santa Maria, 71-50.

ESPNLA prep football final Top 25

December, 19, 2011
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Santa Margarita moves into the top spot after winning the CIF State Division I bowl in thrilling fashion. Westlake's stay atop the rankings was short-lived as the Warriors were overwhelmed by a superior Northern California power. The final ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings:

1. Santa Margarita (13-2)
If we learned anything about junior quarterback Johnny Stanton it's that he thrives when the lights shine the brightest. Stanton's go-ahead score with 16 seconds remaining secured the CIF State Division I bowl championship, and it'll be remembered for a long time. Coach Harry Welch won his third bowl game with the third different school. Last week: Beat San Jose Bellarmine, 42-37.

2. Vista Murrieta (9-5)*
The Broncos were a perfect 14-0 on the field but weren't selected for a state bowl game. They could reach the spotlight next year with the dynamic Su'a Cravens returning for the Inland Division champs.

3. Westlake (14-1)
Not exactly how coach Jim Benkert envisioned the CIF State Open Division bowl game, but consolation lies in the fact that it wasn't the first time De La Salle embarrassed a team, and it won't be the last. The Warriors figure to be in the mix again next year, with top playmakers Dashon Hunt and Justin Moore returning. Last week: Lost to De La Salle, 35-0.

4. Narbonne (11-3)
The City Section Division I champions are favored to repeat in 2012, if only because they've got the section's leading passer in Troy Williams (3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns).

5. Corona Centennial (12-2)
Quarterback Hayden Gavett exceeded expectations in his first year as starter following Michael Eubank's graduation. Running back Romello Goodman finished seventh in rushing in the section.

6. San Clemente (12-2)
The Tritons reached the Pac-5 Division championship game but must replace Utah-bound quarterback Travis Wilson next season.

7. Mission Viejo (10-3)
Safety Max Redfield, one of the top defensive backs in the 2013 class, has already bagged an offer from USC. He'll draw plenty of interest next season.

8. Upland (12-1)
No matter what you call them -- the Highlanders or Scots -- Baseline League champion Upland has a good group returning, led by quarterback Nate Romine.

9. Oaks Christian (11-3)
The Lions could take the next step if quarterback Brandon Dawkins, only a sophomore, develops the way many expect him to.

10. St. Bonaventure (10-3)
The Seraphs finished in third place in the Marmonte League and will have to find replacements for leading offensive standouts Shaun Wick and Marc Evans.

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L.A. South: The final Top 10

December, 19, 2011
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There were no south Los Angeles County schools involved in the state bowls, so the rankings remain as they did last week. The area's sectional champions were Narbonne (City Section Division I), West Covina (Southeast Division), Monrovia (Mid-Valley Division) and South East (City Section Division II). The final top 10 rankings:

1. (1) Narbonne (11-3)
The City Section Division I champions are favored to repeat in 2012, if only because they’ve got the section’s leading passer in Troy Williams (3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns).

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (10-2)
The Jackrabbits got their second straight Moore League championship but will have a lot of offensive talent to replace.

3. (3) St. John Bosco (8-4)
The third-place team from the Trinity League made its first playoff appearance since 2006, and leading running back DaVonte Young returns next season.

4. (4) Charter Oak (10-2)
The Chargers won the Sierra League and have a dynamic talent in tailback Kurt Scoby for the next two years.

5. (5) Carson (8-6)
The Colts lost in the City Section Division I title game for the second straight year. And, according to reports, they’ll have to replace energetic coach Elijah Asante.

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ESPNLA prep football Top 25

December, 12, 2011
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Shiny trophies were handed out to sectional champions, led by state-bowl selections Westlake (Northern Division) and Santa Margarita (Pac-5 Division). Harbor City Narbonne claimed the City Section Division I title, moving up to the No. 4 spot in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings. Our list heading into the state bowl games:

1. Westlake (14-0)
The Warriors won their second Northern Division championship in three years behind Dashon Hunt's five touchdowns. Westlake is going bowling. Last week: Beat Oaks Christian, 49-42. Next: Open Division state championship game vs. Concord De La Salle at Home Depot Center, Saturday, 8 p.m.

2. Vista Murrieta (9-5)#*
Junior quarterback Nicholas Stephens scored the Inland Division championship-winning touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. They were undefeated on the field, but they didn't get the nod for the Division I state bowl. Last week: Beat Corona Centennial, 35-28.

3. Santa Margarita (12-2)
Coach Harry Welch won his ninth overall championship and first with the Eagles. Quarterback Johnny Stanton had 240 total yards. The Eagles are heading to state. Last week: Beat San Clemente, 27-13. Next: Division I state championship game vs. San Jose Bellarmine at Home Depot Center, Friday, 8 p.m.

4. Narbonne (11-3)*
Emotional leader Tray Boone usually talks the talk, but he backed it up Friday with six touchdown runs and 316 total yards to lead the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title. Last week: Beat Carson, 48-32.

5. Corona Centennial (12-2)*
Quarterback Hayden Gavett and running back Romello Goodman finally ran into the team that could keep up. Last week: Lost to Vista Murrieta, 35-28.

6. Oaks Christian (11-3)*
The Lions were closer to Westlake this time around, but it still wasn't enough in the Northern Division championship game. Last week: Lost to Westlake, 49-42.

7. San Clemente (12-2)*
The Tritons had to settle for a pair of first-half field goals, and it was the difference at Angel Stadium. The Tritons could have put the Eagles on their heels. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 27-13.

8. Mission Viejo (10-3)*
The South Coast League champions have Max Redfield coming back next year. He's projected as one of the top safeties on the West Coast.

9. Upland (12-1)*
Quarterback Nate Romine returns next year for the Baseline League champs.

10. St. Bonaventure (10-3)*
The third-place Seraphs must replace departing seniors Shaun Wick and Marc Evans.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

December, 11, 2011
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With no south Los Angeles County schools heading to the state bowls, we can label this a collective down year in the region. Narbonne (City Section Division I), West Covina (Southeast Division), Monrovia (Mid-Valley Division) and South East (City Section Division II) are champions. The top 10 rankings heading into the final week of play:

1. (1) Narbonne (11-3)
Emotional leader Tray Boone usually talks the talk, but he backed it up Friday with six touchdown runs and 316 total yards to lead the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title. Last week: Beat Carson, 48-32.

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (10-2)
A quick exit from the Pac-5 bracket but at least order appears to have been restored for the back-to-back Moore League champions.

3. (3) St. John Bosco (8-4)
The third-place team from the Trinity League made its first playoff appearance since 2006, and leading running back DaVonte Young returns next season.

4. (4) Charter Oak (10-2)
The Chargers won the Sierra League and have a dynamic talent in tailback Kurt Scoby for the next two years.

5. (5) Carson (8-6)
For the second straight year, the Colts stumbled in the City Section Division I title game when mistakes turned costly. Last week: Lost to Narbonne, 48-32.

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City Div. I: Narbonne 48, Carson 32

December, 10, 2011
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MONTEREY PARK -- The "Tray Way," as Narbonne folk have come to know it, was the only way Friday night.

Tray Boone, Narbonne's emotional leader, did all he could to make people proud, then did all he could to fight those pesky tears. In the end, it was far too much to take in.

Behind Boone's six rushing touchdowns, the Narbonne Gauchos beat neighboring rival Carson, 48-32, claiming the City Section Division I championship at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles College. Narbonne won its first title since sharing the throne with league foe San Pedro in 2008. Carson, which has 11 championships to its name, lost in the final for the second year in a row.

"This was my last high school game with these guys," said the glossy-eyed Boone. "To win the championship is amazing."

The game was a rematch of the Oct. 21 thriller in Harbor City, which Narbonne won, 38-37, when Carson botched a potential game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minute. Following last week’s blowout of Coliseum League champion Dorsey, junior quarterback Troy Williams acknowledged how difficult it would be to beat a team twice during the same season.

Thanks to his dynamic tailback, Williams’ worst fears never materialized.

Boone had 200 total yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, and the senior finished with 316 yards, showing no ill effects from last week’s head injury that knocked him out at halftime.

"That's the man right there," Williams said as Boone walked by with the championship plaque in hand.

Meanwhile, Williams -- the City Section's leading passer -- wasn’t his usual self, visibly hobbling to his spot after every play. After passing for a season-low 75 yards, he admitted that he might have a fractured left leg. But Narbonne (11-3), making its third finals appearance in four years, still clicked offensively.

Among his six touchdowns, Boone had scoring runs of 36, 35 and 11 yards. He touched the ball 33 times, averaging nine and a half yards per touch.

"I never thought I'd run the ball so much in my life," Gauchos offensive coordinator Tim Kaub said. "I'd be stupid for not giving the ball to Tray Boone."

Fifth-seeded Carson (8-6) started the game the way it needed to. Safety Jerrod Moton intercepted Williams’ second pass of the night to set the Colts up near midfield. On the very next play, tailback Roger Jones stormed into the end zone for the quick 7-0 lead.

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Preview: Carson vs. Narbonne

December, 7, 2011
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CITY SECTION DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 5-seeded Carson Colts (8-5) vs. No. 2-seeded Narbonne Gauchos (10-3)

When: Friday, 8:05 p.m.

Where: Weingart Stadium at East Los Angeles College

Broadcast: Live on Time Warner Cable channel 101

How they got here: Fifth-seeded Carson beat Garfield (24-7), fourth-seeded Venice (47-34) and top-seeded San Pedro (24-19). Second-seeded Narbonne beat Reseda (52-7), West Adams (59-20) and third-seeded Dorsey (41-7). Narbonne and Carson finished second and third, respectively, in the Marine League. The Gauchos won the head-to-head matchup on Oct. 21, 38-37, when the Colts botched the potential game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minute.

School history: Carson has won 11 championships -- the last one in 2003 -- and reached the final last year. Narbonne shared the title with San Pedro in 2008 and has reached the final in three of the last four years.

Key players: For Carson it's USC-bound receiver Darreus Rogers, who also serves as punter and wildcat-formation quarterback, and junior running back Roger Jones. Narbonne is led by junior quarterback Troy Williams, a dynamic talent who sits at the top of the section's passing charts. Gauchos versatile tailback Tray Boone makes opponents pay if they're expecting pass.

Colts' take: “Bring ‘em on. We’re ready.” - quarterback Kevin McMahon

Gauchos' take: "It's very hard to beat somebody twice. We're going to have to practice very hard and make sure we're ready." - Williams

Prediction: Narbonne 35, Carson 31

ESPNLA prep football Top 25

December, 4, 2011
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Top-ranked Westlake rolled through Thousand Oaks to clinch its spot in the Northern Division championship game. Four new teams enter the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings this week, led by Carson, which upset top-seeded San Pedro in the City Section Division I semifinals. The Colts return to the title game after losing to Crenshaw last year. Ocean League champion Santa Monica lost to league rival Culver City -- the surprise of the playoffs -- and fell out. Our rankings heading into the championship round:

1. Westlake (13-0)
Quarterback Justin Moore and tailback Dashon Hunt encountered no problems, leading the Warriors to their largest margin of victory since September. Last week: Beat Thousand Oaks, 62-0. Next: Northern Division championship vs. Oaks Christian, Friday.

2. Corona Centennial (12-1)
What the 5-foot-5 Romello Goodman lacks in size he makes up for in speed. The tailback rushed for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns to send the Huskies to another title game. Last week: Beat Rancho Cucamonga, 41-21. Next: Inland Division championship vs. Vista Murrieta, Friday.

3. Vista Murrieta (8-5)#
All units contributed Friday, with the Broncos getting scores on offense, defense and special teams. The versatile Su'a Cravens, an offensive hero the previous week, had four sacks. Last week: Beat Upland, 39-19. Next: Inland Division championship vs. Corona Centennial, Friday.

4. Santa Margarita (11-2)
Some job second-year coach Harry Welch has done. Quarterback Johnny Stanton capped the game-winning 70-yard drive with a late one-yard touchdown run. Last week: Beat Mission Viejo, 21-20. Next: Pac-5 Division championship vs. San Clemente at Angel Stadium, Saturday.

5. Oaks Christian (11-2)
The Lions erased a 10-point deficit to punch their ticket to the final. Oaks Christian captured the Northern Division crown last year with a one-point win over Westlake. Last week: Beat St. Bonaventure, 27-24. Next: Northern Division championship vs. Westlake, Friday.

6. San Clemente (12-1)
Senior Christian Tober scored three touchdowns Friday -- each of at least 70 yards -- helping the Tritons reach their first final since 1979. Last week: Beat Tesoro, 51-16. Next: Pac-5 Division championship vs. Santa Margarita at Angel Stadium, Saturday.

7. Narbonne (10-3)
The Gauchos made easy work of a very good defense to secure a spot in the title game for the third time in four years. Quarterback Troy Williams is hungry. Last week: Beat Dorsey, 41-7. Next: City Section Division I championship vs. Carson at East L.A. College, Friday.

8. Mission Viejo (10-3)*
A tough way for the Diablos to go out. The defense had a go-ahead 85-yard touchdown on a recovered fumble but couldn't make a stop in the final minutes. Quarterback Alex Bridgford wasn't able to manufacture the game-winning drive. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 21-20.

9. Upland (12-1)*
It took a while, but the previously unbeaten Highlanders finally met their match. They were within two points at the break but numerous mistakes turned costly in the second half. Receiver Kenny Lawler won't soon be forgotten, though. Last week: Lost to Vista Murrieta, 39-18.

10. St. Bonaventure (10-3)*
The Seraphs at one point led by 10 despite the absence of quarterback Marc Evans, who did not play because of a shoulder injury. They got the ball back in the waning seconds but time ran out on the final punt return. Last week: Lost to Oaks Christian, 27-24.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

December, 4, 2011
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The Narbonne Gauchos gain a stranglehold of the top spot after an eye-opening semifinal victory. Of course, a little help from rival Carson didn't hurt. The Colts return the rankings following their shocking upset of top-seeded and previously unbeaten San Pedro. Ocean League champion Santa Monica falls out after its lopsided loss to underdog Culver City. The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the championship round:

1. (3) Narbonne (10-3)
The Gauchos made easy work of a very good defense to secure a spot in the title game for the third time in four years. Quarterback Troy Williams is hungry. Last week: Beat Dorsey, 41-7. Next: City Section Division I championship vs. Carson at East L.A. College, Friday.

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (10-2)*
Order appears to have been restored for the back-to-back Moore League champions.

3. (5) St. John Bosco (8-4)*
The third-place team from the Trinity League made its first playoff appearance since 2006.

4. (6) Charter Oak (10-2)*
The Chargers won the Sierra League and have a dynamic talent in tailback Kurt Scoby for the next two years.

5. (NR) Carson (8-5)
The Colts leap back into the rankings following a rather surprising upset of top-seeded San Pedro. They were expected to make it back to the title game, but they took a difficult route to get there. Last week: Beat San Pedro, 24-19. Next: City Section Div. I championship vs. Narbonne at East L.A. College, Friday.

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No. 17 Narbonne 41, No. 14 Dorsey 7

December, 3, 2011
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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.

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City Div. I: Carson 24, No. 11 San Pedro 19

December, 2, 2011
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SAN PEDRO – There’s a science to repeat matchups against teams in the same league.

More times than not, especially in the rough-and-tumble City Section’s Marine League, the winner of the first game in a given season loses the second.

And the Carson Colts and second-year coach Elijah Asante appear to have perfected that science. Five weeks after getting shut out at home against No. 11 San Pedro in a surprise 21-0 final, the Colts topped the previously-undefeated Pirates 24-19 Friday night to advance to the City Section championship game against Narbonne next week.

“Here’s the differentiation between the winner and the loser in a matchup like this,” Asante said before Friday’s game as his team warmed up on the field at San Pedro. “Psychologically, you make adjustments, based on the fact that what you did last time didn’t work.

“And, psychologically, they often don’t. They’re content with what they have, and that’s usually the difference.”

It looked like it Friday. Carson couldn’t score in 48 minutes the last time the two teams played. It took the Colts about six minutes to score this time.

For the game, 5-7 running back Roger Jones carried the ball 17 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns for Carson. USC-bound receiver Darreus Rogers added four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown, which was called back for offensive pass interference. Colts quarterback Kevin McMahon played almost mistake-free football, completing 13-of-17 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions.

“We weren’t going to lose twice to these guys,” McMahon said afterward. “We had redemption on our minds.”

San Pedro, No. 11 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com prep football Top 25 rankings, got 145 rushing yards from mobile quarterback Kenny Potter but produced little else offensively.

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Dorsey-Narbonne: strength vs. strength

November, 30, 2011
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DorseyBlair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comDorsey gets its chance for respect Friday when it takes on Narbonne in the City semifinals.

On a Saturday earlier this month, the Dorsey Dons were in the film room when coach Paul Knox walked in ready to share two bits of information. The good news: Dorsey had received one of four seedings for the City Section Division I football playoffs. The bad: The Dons were seeded third despite winning their league and losing just once, on the road to highly regarded Redlands East Valley.

Adding salt to the wound was the fact that Narbonne, the Marine League runner-up to top-seeded San Pedro and loser of three games, received the No. 2 seeding.

Coliseum League champion Dorsey (11-1) gets a chance to state its case under the lights Friday in Harbor City.

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"We want to make skeptics believers," Dons defensive end Jeremiah Allison said.

It doesn't promise to be an easy task. Narbonne (9-3) averages 48 points per game behind dual-threat quarterback Troy Williams, one of the city's top junior prospects. Williams touts single-game highs of 385 passing yards and 124 rushing yards this year.

"I know he has a pretty good feet on him," said Allison, who has been credited with 14 sacks.

But Williams is aware of what he and the explosive Gauchos offense is up against. The Dons are quick defensively and haven't given up more than 26 points in a game this season. On average they give up only 10.

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"It's the best defense we've see all year," Williams said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Dec. 10 championship game at East L.A. College. Marine League foes San Pedro (12-0) and Carson (7-5) square off in the other semifinal.

Here are four other top third-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County on Friday (with ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings):

City: Carson (7-5) at No. 11 San Pedro (12-0), 7 p.m. -- The top-seeded Pirates won 21-0 when these two met in Carson on Oct. 28. Senior quarterback Kenny Potter looks to lead San Pedro to its first title-game appearance since 2008. The Colts, meanwhile, hope to get back to the championship game after losing to Crenshaw at the Coliseum last year.

Western: No. 20 Santa Monica (11-1) at No. 22 Culver City (9-3), 7:30 p.m. -- A chance at redemption for Culver City, which wasn't even expected to make it past Gardena Serra in the opening round. The Centaurs lost to Santa Monica, 17-14, during the regular season. The Vikings pulled that one out thanks to a pair of late-game takeaways.

Southeast: Muir (8-4) vs. La Serna (9-3) at California High, 7 p.m. -- What resolve the Muir Mustangs have shown without coach Ken Howard, who has been on administrative leave since Week 4 following an on-campus incident with a student. Muir has won its two playoff games by scores of 39-7 and 48-0.

Mid-Valley: Monrovia (9-3) vs. Covina (11-1) at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. -- After this one is over, either defending division champion Monrovia or top-seeded Covina will be eliminated. The Wildcats, behind big defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, have been playing their best football lately and could give the Colts a serious scare.

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