Los Angeles Preps: Dijon Battle

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

December, 2, 2011
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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