Los Angeles Preps: Dominguez

UW announces signing of Brandon Beaver

February, 1, 2012
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Compton Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver's college choice was supposed to become public later on national signing day during a live announcement on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian eliminated the suspense, confirming Beaver's signing during an on-campus news conference about an hour before Beaver was to go on air.

Beaver, a U.S. Army All-American, signed with the Huskies over Cal and Oklahoma, and also officially visited Nebraska and Utah. His combination of size and speed projects well at the college level.

Beaver will announce on Signing Day

January, 17, 2012
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Compton Dominguez defensive back Brandon Beaver will wait until Signing Day to announce his college decision, and will do so live on Fox Sports' local affiliate during an evening signing-day special, he wrote on his Twitter page.

Beaver later confirmed the decision in a text message as well.

Beaver, a U.S. Army All-American, has taken official visits to Cal, Nebraska, Utah and Washington. He also has offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UCLA, among others.

Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

MLK Day Hoops Showdown schedule

January, 15, 2012
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Los Angeles Price and Playa del Rey St. Bernard will host all-day showcases on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The schedules:

At Price High School (7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles)

12:30 p.m. - Campbell Hall vs. Ribet Academy
2:00 p.m. - Dominguez vs. Dorsey
3:30 p.m. - Providence vs. Morningside
5:00 p.m. - Palm Springs vs. Price
6:30 p.m. - Mayfair vs. Washington Prep
8:00 p.m. - Santa Monica vs. Gardena Serra

At St. Bernard High School (9100 Falmouth Ave., Playa Del Rey)

11:00 a.m. - Perris vs. Fremont
12:30 p.m. - Elsinore vs. Leuzinger
2:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. View Park
3:30 p.m. - LACES vs. St. Monica
5:00 p.m. - Beverly Hills vs. Brentwood
6:30 p.m. - Culver City vs. St. Bernard

Serra-Price headlines Cochran Classic

January, 13, 2012
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There's a strong lineup scheduled to play in Saturday's Johnnie Cochran Basketball Classic at LACES, including Gardena Serra (15-1) taking on Los Angeles Price (11-5) in the headliner.

Among the teams competing in the all-day event: Brentwood (12-3), Fresno Central (12-3), Dorsey (14-5), LACES (16-6), Pacific Hills (14-3) and Renaissance Academy (14-2).

The full schedule:

10:00 a.m. - Salesian vs. LACES
11:30 a.m. - Diamond Ranch vs. Beverly Hills
1:00 p.m. - Las Vegas Legacy vs. Dominguez
2:30 p.m. - Las Vegas Durango vs. Dorsey
4:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. Brentwood
5:30 p.m. - Fresno Central vs. Washington Prep
7:00 p.m. - Ribet Academy vs. Pacific Hills
8:30 p.m. - Gardena Serra vs. Price

Two Oaks Christian players on West roster for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

January, 4, 2012
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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has 16 players from California on the West roster.

Two players, seniors Jordan Payton and Ishmael Adams, are from Oaks Christian.

Payton is a 6-feet-2 wide receiver who is expected to announce where he will play in college after the game on Saturday. His choices have been whittled down to three: Notre Dame, Cal and UCLA.

Adams was a two-way player in high school, at cornerback and running back, and is headed to UCLA as a defensive back.

Other players from California on the West roster include Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver, Monrovia defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy and Muir defensive back Kevon Seymour.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC.

L.A. South: List of bowl game participants

December, 30, 2011
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Here's a list of the south Los Angeles County senior football players participating in All-American bowl games.

THE U.S. MARINE CORPS SEMPER FIDELIS ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME
Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. PT

LB Jeremiah Allison (Dorsey)
WR Malik Gilmore (Lakewood/verbal to Oregon State)
WR Jaydon Mickens (Dorsey)
WR Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco/verbal to Cal)
K/P Conrad Ukropina (Loyola)

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICAN GAME
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Thursday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN

WR Darius Powe (Lakewood/verbal to Cal)

U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. PT
TV: NBC

DB Brandon Beaver (Dominguez)
DT Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia)
LB Jabari Ruffin (Downey/verbal to USC)
DB Kevon Seymour (Muir)
WR Derrick Woods (Inglewood/verbal to Oklahoma)

La Verne Lutheran stumbles

December, 27, 2011
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South Los Angeles County will be well represented in the quarterfinals of the 22nd annual Holiday Classic but, surprisingly, highly regarded La Verne Lutheran won't be a part of it.

Playa del Rey St. Bernard, Los Angeles Windward and Lakewood Mayfair advanced Tuesday, moving on in the National Division bracket of the week-long tournament hosted by San Diego's Torrey Pines High School. La Verne Lutheran, one of the state's top teams, was held to only 30 points in a loss to Newark (Calif.) Memorial.

The results:

Newark (Calif.) Memorial 45, La Verne Lutheran 30
The Trojans (7-2) couldn't decipher Memorial's pressure defense, and Arizona-bound forward Grant Jerrett never got going.

San Jose Archbishop Mitty 61, Compton 47
The Tarbabes (6-5) trailed by double digits early before bouncing back to tie it at the half, but they ran out of steam against Mitty, the No. 16 team in the POWERADE ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings. Victor Robbins was a bright spot with 21 points.

St. Bernard 68, Houston St. Thomas 61
Guard Lance Booker's 16 points and clutch perimeter shooting paced the St. Bernard Vikings (6-5).

Torrey Pines 67, Dominguez 55
Forward Arnold Anderson had 20 points but it wasn't enough for the struggling Dons (3-7).

Windward 66, Seattle O'Dea 62
Coach Miguel Villegas might have found his next standout in freshman Mason Shepherd, who had team highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (6-4).

Mayfair 51, Sacramento Sheldon 43
The Monsoons (7-3) forced 19 turnovers and used a strong fourth-quarter run to pull away for good.

Wednesday's quarterfinals schedule:

Newark Memorial vs. St. Bernard, 3:50 p.m.
Torrey Pines vs. Woodland Hills Taft, 5:25 p.m.
Mayfair vs. DeMatha (Md.), 7 p.m.
Windward vs. Archbishop Mitty, 8:35 p.m.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

L.A. North: 5 things from the weekend

November, 21, 2011
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  1. Not only is the Ventura football team undefeated through 11 games and the first round of the playoffs, they haven’t trailed in a game since Week 1. The Cougars were down 16-15 in the third quarter against Pacifica in the season opener. Ventura scored the final 19 points of the game to win, 34-16. Coach Brad Steward was looking through Ventura’s first 10 games in preparation for the opening of the Southern Section Western Division playoffs against Dominguez and discovered his team’s streak in leading games. The Cougars have been on quite a roll since the start of the season. Teams are scoring only 8.7 points against Ventura. The Cougars are coming off a 41-14 win over Dominguez in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. They play Santa Monica (10-1) in the quarterfinals on Friday night. The Vikings are on a bit of a roll of their own, with seven wins in a row and their loss only coming against Valencia on Sept. 30.
  2. The Marmonte League went a perfect 5-0 in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. The biggest blowout, Westlake over Eastside, 59-12. The closest game, surprisingly, St. Bonaventure, 19-10, over Redondo. Quarterbacks were the difference for Oaks Christian and Moorpark. Sophomore Brandron Dawkins threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in Oaks Christian’s impressive 43-10 win over Mira Costa. He could have had more, but only played in the first half. Moorpark’s Grant Rohach passed for 176 yards and a touchdown, but every one of his passes were crucial in a 17-10 win over fourth-seeded Valencia. He threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Feyh in the fourth quarter to give Moorpark a 15-10 lead. Rohach also connected with Alex Tolliver for an important two-point conversion pass for a seven-point lead in the final minutes of the game. Not to be forgotten was a tough road win for Thousand Oaks, 20-7, over Quartz Hill. The Lancers erased a 7-0 deficit and scored 20 unanswered points to win going away. Moorpark and Thousand Oaks will play each other in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their Marmonte League opener. Thousand Oaks won that game, 27-24, on a last-second field goal.
  3. The San Fernando Valley went 1-4 in the first round of the City Section Division I playoffs. Birmingham was the only team to advance to the quarterfinals. El Camino Real, Arleta, Woodland Hills Taft and Reseda all lost in the first round and were eliminated. Arleta running back Dejon Coleman rushed for 156 yards and scored a touchdown in his team’s 21-18 loss to Birmingham. He broke the City Section record with 47 touchdowns this season. Birmingham scored the winning touchdown with a little over a minute to play in the game. The lone remaining team from the San Fernando Valley plays No. 3 Dorsey in the second round.
  4. The magic ran out for Camarillo and quarterback Travis Valdez. The junior threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns, but Camarillo lost to San Luis Obispo, 54-28, in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. Valdez threw for 2,594 yards and 35 touchdowns in eight games. He took over the starting quarterback job on Oct. 6 and won his first six starts. Receiver Jake Maulhardt caught 10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for Camarillo. He ends his high school career with 119 catches, second most in Southern Section history. Richard Mullaney from Thousand Oaks set the Southern Section record last year with 122 catches over his high school career.
  5. A week after losing a share of the Foothill League championship for using an ineligible player and having to forfeit a game, Canyon won impressively in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs, 21-0, over Palmdale. Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The Canyon defense came up with some huge plays. Juan Rodriguez blocked a 30-yard field-goal attempt. Mikey Hager had an interception just before halftime and set up Wolitarsky’s second touchdown catch, a 77-yarder as time expired. Canyon moves on to face St. Bonaventure in a rematch of last year’s Northern Division quarterfinal game. St. Bonaventure won that game, 45-21.

Western: No. 25 Ventura 41, Dominguez 14

November, 19, 2011
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VENTURA – In the blink of an eye, Ventura running back Conner Armstrong swept across the field and into the end zone on his first carry to score a 76-yard touchdown.

By the end of the first quarter, Ventura was up by three touchdowns in its first-round CIF Southern Section Western Division playoff game against Dominguez.

Behind Armstrong’s 235-yard, three-touchdown night, Ventura, the fourth-seeded team in the Western Division playoffs, easily handled Dominguez, 41-14, scoring early and often on Friday night at Ventura High School.

Armstrong scored on runs of 76, 48 and 30 yards. He scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and Ventura was up 21-0 before Dominguez knew what hit them.

A 5-foot-7 running back is what hit the visiting Dons. The run-oriented offense that Dominguez (7-4) uses doesn’t allow for quick scores or explosive plays. Playing with a three-touchdown deficit is not how Dominguez coach Keith Donerson expected to open the playoffs.

“It’s very challenging,” Donerson said. “It’s tough to come from behind.”

Even though Ventura (11-0) jumped out to an early lead, Cougars coach Brad Steward said he expected his players to keep their intensity up. Ventura was up 28-8 at halftime, but the game was far from over.

“I didn’t think so at all,” Steward said. “They did move the ball. We were fortunate we scored the first time we touched the ball.”

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Ventura RB finds opening to Cornell

November, 16, 2011
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The Ventura football team does not have a pipeline to USC, Texas or LSU. The team’s top recruit is being sought after by Utah. Some of the best players on the team will not have a football future beyond high school.

But it looks like a couple of the Ventura football players are creating a Cornell connection and coach Brad Steward couldn’t be happier.

Running back Conner Armstrong made a verbal commitment to Cornell University last week. Hunter Winans might be following his teammate to the New York campus and the Ivy League, Steward said. The Ventura coach is counting on his heady players to lead his team in the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs.

Ventura, the fourth-seeded team in the Western Division, opens playoffs against Dominguez on Friday night at Ventura High School. The Cougars, ranked No. 25 in the ESPN Los Angeles high school football poll, are 10-0 entering playoffs and won the Channel League championship for the first time in five years.

Armstrong leads the team in rushing with 1,264 yards and touchdowns with 20. He is a generous 5-foot-7, 170-pound running back who has been carrying the football since his first years in Pop Warner. Armstrong is not going intimidate any team with his size, but his heart and his vision have carried Ventura through an unblemished season so far.

“He is on the small side, so he hides behind those linemen and then darts into openings,” Steward said. “He’s one of the best running backs we’ve had here in a long, long time.”

He has six 100-yard rushing games this season. He rushed for 266 and two touchdowns against Santa Barbara three weeks ago.

“His mom’s father was a football coach,” Steward said. “Football has been important to their family his whole life. He played tailback in youth football. He’s just had a million reps just running the ball. He’s just got great instincts, great vision. I think it’s from all those reps he got throughout the years. People don’t really get a good lick on him.”

Every year, Ventura High School selects a senior scholar athlete who demonstrates strong character. Armstrong’s name came up when he was a junior, Steward said.

“When we were voting on that last year, everybody said can we just vote for next year’s right now,” he said. “That’s just the character, the leadership that the kid’s got. He’s just an awesome kid.”

Winans, Ventura’s leading receiver with 51 catches for 692 yards and five touchdowns, attended a football camp at Cornell over the summer. Steward said the Cornell coaches were impressed with Winans as well.

“He went to their camp and they said he was by far the best receiver at their camp,” Steward said.

Dominguez (7-3) is a tough first round matchup for Ventura. The Dons finished in a three-way tie for first place with Downey and Paramount in the San Gabriel Valley League standings. Dominguez has won seven of its past eight games, the only loss coming to Downey, 36-35, two weeks ago.

“If you read about them, they were expected to win the league running away,” Steward said. “It wound up a three-way tie and they wound up getting the third-place bid. For us, really for a fourth-seeded team, it’s an awfully tough draw.”

Dominguez has five offensive linemen listed at more than 300 pounds. Running back Michael Garrison has benefited behind that huge offensive line.

“They’re very, very large,” Steward said. “Great big players, very athletic players, good running backs, play great defense. They’re going to be a formidable opponent.”

L.A. South: Five to see live

November, 3, 2011
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Big league implications throughout the Southland this week. Here are Friday night's top five games in south Los Angeles County:

Troy Williams
Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comNarbonne quarterback Troy Williams (3) looks to lead the Gauchos to a victory over undefeated San Pedro on Friday.
No. 19 Narbonne at No. 20 San Pedro, 7 p.m. -- For quite a while now, Narbonne coach Manual Douglas has been eying the top seeding in the City Section Division 1 playoffs. The time has come for his Gauchos (6-2, 3-0) to prove they deserve it. The Marine League title goes to the winner. Narbonne's uptempo offense averages nearly 32 points, but San Pedro (8-0, 3-0) hasn't given up more than 20 in any game this season.

Damien at No. 23 Charter Oak, 7 p.m. -- Head over to Covina if you want some touchdowns. Or stay away if you like defensive stops. Over their last six games, the Damien Spartans (6-2, 2-1 Sierra) have given up an average 27 points. That's music to quarterback Travis Santiago's ears, for sure. Charter Oak (7-1, 3-0) has one of the most explosive attacks in the region, averaging 42 points.

Garfield vs. Roosevelt at East L.A. College, 7:30 p.m. -- The longtime rivals meet for the 77th time, and the game is expected to be played in front of another capacity crowd of 20,000. The East Los Angeles Classic is one of the area's most treasured traditions, dating to 1926 and spanning generations. It's really a toss-up this year: Garfield is 4-5 overall but 4-1 in the Eastern League; Roosevelt is 5-3 and 3-1.

La Puente at Duarte, 7 p.m. -- With a win, the unblemished La Puente Warriors (8-0, 5-0) can intensify the magnitude of next week's gigantic matchup against three-time defending Montview League champion Azusa. The Warriors are led by quarterback Ivan Vasquez and his 19-1 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Duarte (6-2, 4-1) is still mathematically in contention for the league title.

Downey at Dominguez, 7 p.m. -- The streaking Dominguez Dons (6-2, 3-0) have won six straight, finding a groove that went missing in blowout losses to Crespi and Redlands East Valley. A win against Downey should set up a San Gabriel Valley League championship game next week at Paramount, which is favored against Warren.

Dominguez's Westbrook commits to UCLA

November, 3, 2011
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UCLA picked up a commitment from one of the top offensive lineman in the state. Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) decided to end the recruiting process and committed to the Bruins earlier in the week.

Westbrook is a talented lineman who can play guard or tackle in college but was recruited to play guard by the Bruins. He’s a three year starter for the Dons but missed the first half of this season while recovering from a pretty serious foot injury that required two different surgeries over the last year.

“Lacy called up coach [Rick] Neuheisel and committed on Monday,” Westbrook’s father Lacy Sr.said. “For a dad, this is a dream come true for me. I can go to every one of his home games and even attend his practices if I want. UCLA has a talented all-around sports program but more importantly to me, it’s one of the most prestigious academic universities in the country.

“We’ve been going to UCLA home games for the last few years and Lacy was real comfortable with the school and the coaching staff. He had a visit set to Washington this weekend but won’t be taking it now. He’s a solid commitment and will only visit UCLA. We’ll be at the Rose Bowl this weekend for the Arizona State game and hopefully the team can continue to play well and get another win.”

In addition to the Bruins, Westbrook had close to 20 offers including Arizona, Auburn, Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State

L.A. South: Five games to see live

October, 26, 2011
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Here are this week's top five games in south Los Angeles County:

No. 1 Servite at No. 16 St. John Bosco, Friday, 7:30 p.m. -- A year older, wiser and better, the St. John Bosco Braves (6-1, 2-0 Trinity) hope they can pull off the shocker this time around. They held a brief lead against Servite (6-1, 2-0) last season before the Friars' experience -- and the Braves' inexperience -- took over. Junior tailback DaVonte Young's spectacular performance against Mater Dei last week was proof that Bosco has another wrinkle to its prolific spread offense. And the Braves were great on defense too, limiting the Monarchs to only a field goal. A Cody Pittman-led Servite attack is an entirely different test, though.

No. 15 Loyola at No. 14 Bishop Amat, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Apparently, the return of hybrid receiver/tailback Zachary Shay (concussion) was exactly what Bishop Amat (6-2, 1-1 Serra) needed to rejoin the league race. After missing the previous five games, the senior had eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown run in the Lancers' rather surprising 28-14 win at Crespi. If Shay can stay healthy, and if the defense holds up the way it did against the potent Celts, Amat can be a scary team. The Loyola Cubs (6-1, 1-0), meanwhile, haven't won a league road game since 2008, which also marks the last time they beat Amat. The game will be televised by Time Warner Cable on Channel 101 at midnight.

Kevin McMahon
Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comThe play of Carson quarterback Kevin McMahon will be key against 7-0 San Pedro.
No. 22 San Pedro at Carson, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Undefeated San Pedro (7-0, 2-0 Marine) finally gets to show that its record is no fluke. The Pirates have won their games by an average of 26 points behind senior quarterback Kenny Potter's 25 total touchdowns, but the combined record of their seven opponents is a woeful 16-33. That obviously hasn't earned them much respect. Carson (3-4, 1-1) comes in on the other side of the spectrum, having played a mini Pac-5 Division series against the likes of Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. The Colts are motivated following last week's last-minute loss to rival Narbonne. Quarterback Kevin McMahon has to find a way to get the ball to top playmaker Darreus Rogers more consistently.

Gardena Serra at St. Paul, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Yeah, the Serra Cavaliers (5-2, 2-0 Mission) are young and depleted, but they're still dangerous and a legitimate league contender. Just ask previously unbeaten St. Francis, which fell victim to the young Cavs and standout junior running back Anterio Bateman. St. Paul's only loss came to Chaminade, the league favorite and top-ranked team in the Western Division. "I know this league is awesome from top to bottom," Serra coach Scott Altenberg told the Daily Breeze following last week's victory against St. Francis. "We know how tough it's going to be week to week, and now we know how tough it's going to be half to half."

Gahr at Dominguez, Friday, 7 p.m. -- These teams are heading in opposite directions. Gahr (5-2, 0-2 San Gabriel Valley) has dropped two straight after winning its first five; Dominguez (5-2, 2-0) lost its first two in lopsided fashion -- albeit to Crespi and Redlands East Valley -- but has since won five in a row.

L.A. South: The Top 10

September, 12, 2011
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A handful of games involving ranked teams last week made for some movement in our latest south Los Angeles County top 10. Three of our top five teams stumbled, though two of those came against teams ranked ahead of them. Long Beach Poly held its ground against City Section favorite Carson, Bishop Amat received a wake-up call from Pac-5 powerhouse Servite and Trinity League sleeper St. John Bosco overcame some sloppiness at Lakewood. (Notes: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (2-0)
Coach Raul Lara has got to be happy with his defense. The Jackrabbits returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered a crucial fumble to pull away from a good Carson team. Last week: Beat Carson, 38-18. Next: vs. Narbonne at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

2. (4) St. John Bosco (2-0)
Cal-bound Bryce Treggs' supporting cast played a lead role, with Rene Medina throwing for four touchdowns, DaVonte Young amassing 106 rushing yards and Dalis Bruce hauling in nine catches. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 35-31. Next: vs. Santa Fe, Friday.

3. (2) Bishop Amat (1-1)
Uh-oh. Coach Steve Hagerty's preseason concerns were on full display against the area's top-ranked squad. The defense was helpless, appearing weak against the run and slow against the pass. Last week: Lost to Servite, 49-14. Next: vs. La Mirada, Friday.

4. (3) Carson (1-1)
Another impressive week for USC-bound Darreus Rogers, who had 210 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. The problem? Only 18 of those yards came after the break. Last week: Lost to Long Beach Poly, 38-18. Next: vs. Santa Margarita, 9/23.

5. (5) Lakewood (1-1)
The Lancers can at least keep their heads high after hanging with a talented Trinity League team. Brock Dale threw for 253 yards even with the absence of injured Darius Powe. Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco, 35-31. Next: vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, Friday.

6. (6) Narbonne (1-0)
Gauchos quarterback Troy Williams, one of the top junior prospects in the area, ran for two scores and threw for another as Narbonne opened with a hard-fought win. Last week: Beat Palos Verdes, 34-32. Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

7. (7) Serra (1-1)
A positive sign for these young, inexperienced Cavaliers, who rebounded well from the opening upset loss that ended their 36-game regular-season win streak. Last week: Beat Redondo Union, 21-0. Next: vs. Mira Costa, Friday.

8. (8) West Covina (1-1)
The injuries are piling up fast for the Bulldogs, whose 14-game win streak ended. Reigning Southeast Division player of the year Chris Solomon (ankle) and quarterback Jon Najera (concussion) sat out. Last week: Lost to Loyola, 35-7. Next: vs. South Hills, Friday.

9. (10) Monrovia (1-0)
The defending Mid-Valley Division champs kicked it into high gear after a sluggish start. Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy gets most of the pub but linebacker George Frazier is just as important. Last week: Beat Glendora, 29-16. Next: at Arcadia, Friday.

10. (NR) Charter Oak (2-0)
Quarterback Travis Santiago, who threw for 2,418 yards as a junior in 2010, might not be blowing out opponents but he's buckling down in crunch time. Last week: Beat Corona Roosevelt, 35-28. Next: at Esperanza, Friday.

Dropped out: Dominguez (9)

Five more, in alphabetic order: Crenshaw, Gahr, Mira Costa, St. Paul, Venice.

Agree or disagree with the "L.A. South" preseason top 10? Did your favorite school get snubbed? Leave a comment on this post or contact ESPNLosAngeles.com preps writer Blair Angulo directly on his Twitter page.

Football: Dominguez looks to rebound

September, 6, 2011
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DominguezBlair Angulo for ESPN.comDominguez will need to regroup fast after suffering a humiliating loss to Crespi in its opener.

As Dominguez players walked off the field Friday night following their embarrassing 48-6 loss to visiting Crespi -- heads down, shoulders hanging -- you got the sense they weren't distraught about losing but, rather, how they lost. It was complete and utter domination by the boys in brown. Even a couple of surprised Crespi players admitted they expected more from a team with so many collegiate prospects.

A Dominguez starter I spoke to felt the same way. He was dumbfounded, unable to explain how Crespi dominated the way it did. In a postgame interview with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Dons assistant coach Willie Donerson described the game as "an atrocity."

So where does Dominguez, the No. 19 team in ESPNLA.com's prep football preseason rankings, go from here? And, better yet, how will the team respond after a 42-point rout? The Dons were ranked third in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division preseason poll for a reason -- there's talent and plenty of it.

Dominguez travels to the Inland Empire on Friday to play Redlands East Valley and still has nonleague games against Compton, Long Beach Jordan and San Diego Lincoln looming. They will have to get more out of their Wing-T offense and be more energetic on defense. Expectations at Dominguez remain sky high but the Dons have to put "The Ambush at Alondra" behind them.

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