Los Angeles Preps: Darreus Rogers. Elijah Asante
October, 30, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CARSON -- Of all the motivating factors present within Friday's Marine League battle between rivals Carson and Narbonne, it might have been the who that made the difference.
The kids. Dozens of them. Eighth-graders from around the South Bay made the trip out to Carson's Gene Vollnogle Stadium to observe both local powers and decide which school to enroll in next year. First-year Carson coach Elijah Asante called it a "battleground."
Well, it looks like Asante's Colts are only going to get better next year, because the Colts managed to hold off the Gauchos, 26-23, in an thrilling contest that came down to the final minutes. Carson quarterback Justin Alo sealed it on the ground with two big fourth-down runs and also threw for two touchdowns earlier on.
"You gotta give Alo credit," Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas said. "When the game was on the line, he took control and made the big plays as a senior quarterback."
Big plays were the Colts' best option Friday, with little else working. Junior receiver Darreus Rogers caught a 39-yard score from Alo down the Narbonne sideline in the first quarter, and 5-foot-6 senior Myles Johnson had a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave the Colts a 19-10 lead. Ronald Langdon had Carson's other first-half score on a 12-yard catch.
"We expect to make big plays all the time," Asante said. "It's what we do. It's what we rely on, and in clutch situations we will take chances.
"We don't tighten up -- we expect the kids to make big plays."