Los Angeles Preps: Johnell Jackson
October, 22, 2011
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
HARBOR CITY -- Troy Williams got on one knee and looked on, hoping he'd get his hands on the football at least one more time.
Turns out, he didn't have to.
Narbonne and its star junior quarterback earned a pivotal Marine League victory Friday night, 38-37, thanks to a bad snap by Carson's special teams unit on the potential game-tying extra-point attempt. With just over a minute remaining, quarterback Kevin McMahon had soared into the end zone from a yard out, pulling the Colts to within one. But, as fate would have it, the bad snap got away and Narbonne's sideline erupted.
The Gauchos snapped Carson's 15-game league winning streak.
"I had a feeling they'd miss," Williams said. "That was real fortunate for us right there."
Narbonne, No. 24 in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings, covered up the ensuing onside kick and Williams picked up a crucial first down with his legs to seal it. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a three-yard sneak with 3:02 left in the game. Williams passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns, completing 15 of 27 attempts, and added 78 yards rushing.
"We've been talking about this since my freshman year," Williams said.
Carson coach Elijah Asante, one of the most rah-rah personalities in the area, defended his decision not to go for two points and the win.
"You kick the extra point and you go into overtime," Asante said. "That's what you do. That's the proper way to approach the game. You play in overtime and give yourself a chance to come back. If you miss [the extra point], you lose."
Narbonne (5-2) now appears to be the favorite in league and has a monster matchup against undefeated San Pedro (7-0) looming on Nov. 4 which will likely decide the champion.