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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

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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City Div. I: Carson 24, Garfield 7

November, 18, 2011
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CARSON -- They say a first win is always the toughest to get, so Carson coach Elijah Asante asked his team to do one thing.

Toughen up.

The No. 5-seeded Carson Colts responded to early adversity, scoring 24 unanswered to beat No. 12-seeded Garfield, 24-7, in the first round of the CIF City Section Division I playoffs Friday night. Next up for Carson is No. 4-seeded Venice, which beat Taft, 41-14. The defending Division I runner-up Colts (6-5) also eliminated Garfield in last year’s quarterfinals.

It wasn't necessarily Carson's cleanest performance but what mattered to Asante was that they advanced.

"It's a playoff game," Asante said, "you take it."

Colts quarterback Kevin McMahon, who Asante nicknamed “The Cannon” prior to the season, wasn’t a factor throwing the ball, but his one-yard sneak with 10:05 remaining made it a two-possession game at 17-7. The final blow was dealt about four minutes later when linebacker Manoah Pearson recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.

"That was a wrap," Pearson said.

Junior tailback Roger Jones rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries. USC-bound receiver Darreus Rogers had three receptions for 32 yards, and carried the ball three times for 26 yards and a score. The Colts capitalized on a Bulldogs turnover for their first touchdown, which came on Rogers' 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

A 30-yard field goal by kicker Edgardo Angel with 1:10 remaining in the first half put Carson in front for good.

"We prepared them for this," Asante said. "We faced different kinds of adversity and we told them we might get down in this game but to keep fighting and that’s what they did."

Carson didn't meet its lofty expectations during the regular season, finishing in third place in the Marine League after losses to titlist San Pedro and runner-up Narbonne. A section championship would undoubtedly make up for the shortcomings.

Garfield’s final record wasn’t indicative of the kind of team coach Lorenzo Hernandez had. The Bulldogs (5-6) opened the season with five straight losses, a byproduct of ambitious non-league scheduling. Garfield lost to Bishop Amat, Huntington Beach Edison, Dorsey and St. Paul, and then fell to Eastern League winner South East, the top seeded team the in Division II bracket.

Larry Ravelo’s three-yard scoring run capped Garfield’s 13-play, 83-yard opening drive, and had the Bulldogs thinking upset. The run-heavy Bulldogs didn’t attempt a pass in the first half, sticking with the one-two punch of tailback Lance Fernandez and the fullback Ravelo that had worked well in the East L.A. Classic rivalry win against Roosevelt.

But the Colts zeroed in on the duo in the second half. It proved to be the difference.

"We stepped it up and got tougher," Pearson said.

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

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.

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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.

No. 24 Narbonne 38, Carson 37

October, 22, 2011
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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.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

October, 16, 2011
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Tough losses by Bishop Amat and Lakewood paved the way for some changes in our south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 7. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (6-1)
It wouldn't be Poly without a little controversy, but the two-quarterback system seems to be working for coach Raul Lara. Starter Chaiyse Hales and backup Nick Pope combined for 219 passing yards in an important Moore League win. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 38-21. Next: at Millikan, Oct. 28.

2. (3) Loyola (5-1)
No game for the Cubs last week, but they move up a spot thanks to Bishop Amat's loss to Alemany in the Serra League opener. Loyola begins the Serra against Notre Dame, which is coming off a stinging loss to Crespi. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Friday.

3. (4) St. John Bosco (5-1)
Four more touchdown passes for Rene Medina, who is the top statistical quarterback in the Trinity League. The electrifying Bryce Treggs had a 90-yard touchdown catch and returned a punt for another score. Last week: Beat JSerra, 48-14. Next: vs. Mater Dei, Friday.

4. (2) Bishop Amat (5-2)
The troubled defense couldn't come up with a stop late in Friday's game and time simply ran out on the Lancers. Workhorse Jalen Moore had 112 yards rushing but there weren't enough big plays in important moments. Last week: Lost to Alemany, 26-21. Next: at Crespi, Friday.

5. (6) Charter Oak (5-1)
OK, who's controlling the joystick? Quarterback Travis Santiago passed for 325 yards, ran for 54 more and had five total touchdowns to open Sierra League play in fine fashion. Try doing that in a video game. Last week: Beat South Hills, 63-28. Next: vs. Ayala, Friday.

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Football: No. 3 Mission Viejo 31, No. 22 Carson 0

September, 30, 2011
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CARSON -- No Jahleel Pinner, no problem for unfazed Mission Viejo.

An ankle sprain limited Pinner to cheering duty and the Diablos' leading rusher had plenty to root for, as Mission Viejo breezed past Carson, 31-0, on Friday night. The replacements, Marcus Collins and Daniel Marx, combined for 164 yards of total offense while filling in for the USC commit.

"We have guys that can step in," Mission Viejo quarterback Alex Bridgford said. "Marcus Collins stepped in very well and Daniel Marx, who we got back from a concussion, is a great player. He's huge, he's fast, he's a hard worker ... and he's just a sophomore."

Bridgford did his part, too, bouncing back from a shaky first half to finish with 207 yards and three touchdowns on 7 of 18 passing. D.J. Wilson, the Diablos' other dynamic weapon, had only two receptions -- one of 75 yards and another of 27 -- but he reached the end zone on both.

Mission Viejo (4-1), the No. 3 team in the ESPN Los Angeles top 25 rankings, took a narrow 10-0 lead into the locker room at the break. The Diablos emerged a more determined bunch, with Bridgford hitting Max Redfield for a 74-yard score on his first pass of the second half.

"We had those earlier in the game, but I just missed those reads," Bridgford said.

The offensive improvements weren't needed, really. Mission Viejo's defense was superb, shutting out a Carson spread that had put up 26 points against Mater Dei and 21 against Santa Margarita. USC-bound Darreus Rogers was targeted often but was held to only one catch, for a mere 13 yards.

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L.A. South: Five games to see live

September, 28, 2011
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As part of our running feature, here are five of this week’s must-see games involving teams from south Los Angeles County:

No. 18 St. John Bosco at La Habra, Thursday, 7 p.m. — Players usually want to forget recent failures, so the humbled St. John Bosco Braves (3-1) could benefit from their short rest following last week's loss to Loyola at L.A. Valley College. A likely bullet point in Braves coach Jason Negro's motivational speech: La Habra (2-2) has already given a pair of Trinity League teams -- Servite and Orange Lutheran -- all they could handle.

No. 3 Mission Viejo at No. 22 Carson, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — For those not keeping tally, the Carson Colts (1-2) meet a ranked opponent for the fourth consecutive week. Nationally-ranked Mission Viejo promises to be the toughest test yet. Sure, Carson is in danger of losing its third straight, but how could other City Section teams not admire the ambition? Quarterback Kevin McMahon has to find USC-bound receiver Darreus Rogers often.

No. 15 Loyola at No. 21 Upland, Friday, 7 p.m. — Until last Friday, the Loyola Cubs (4-0) were solid candidates for most improved. But, after what coach Mike Christensen's bunch did to St. John Bosco, consider that an understatement. Boise State-bound Chaz Anderson, a difference maker on both sides of the ball, has the Cubs believing in Serra League glory following a poor 3-7 mark in 2010. They can accumulate more believers by winning at Upland (4-0).

Serra at Narbonne, Friday, 7 p.m. — As the games go by, Serra sophomore Jalen Greene's passing numbers keep getting better -- from 91 yards to 175 to 180 -- despite the absence of top playmaker Raymond Ford (ankle). The progression at key positions is important for Serra (3-1). The Narbonne Gauchos (1-2) will be plenty motivated after coming up just short the last two weeks at Long Beach Poly and Tesoro.

Arcadia at Muir, 7 p.m. — Clearly, schedule makers had no intention of saving the best for last. This Pacific League opener promises to have the intensity of a title game. The Muir Mustangs (2-1) look to bounce back after being overwhelmed by Rancho Cucamonga last week; the Arcadia Apaches (2-1) hope to capitalize on another opportunity after knocking off rival and defending Mid-Valley Division champ Monrovia two weeks ago.

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

Football: No. 4 Long Beach Poly 38, No. 8 Carson 18

September, 9, 2011
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LONG BEACH -- It was supposed to be an early season showdown between two of the premier programs the Southland had to offer. Carson and Long Beach Poly on Friday night at Veterans Stadium had all the makings of one of those classic nonleague encounters.

The hype, believe it or not, lived up to the advanced billing. For the better part of the first half, that is. The Jackrabbits proved to be far too talented thereafter. They imposed their will in the second half and ended up with a rather impressive 38-18 victory over a Colts.

“We made some adjustments at halftime and were a different team the rest of the game,'' Poly coach Raul Lara said. “We did what we needed to do to win this thing. That's what good teams do and I think we proved that we were the better team out there tonight.''

The biggest adjustment came on defensive for the Jackrabbits.

Darreus Rogers gave Poly (2-0), No. 4 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings, problems throughout the first half. The senior receiver, who has committed to nearby USC, had 10 receptions for 192 yards and pair of touchdowns for in the opening 24 minutes of play.

As a result, the Colts (1-1), No. 8 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com poll, trailed by six points at the break. Carson, however, had difficulty to finding Rogers after that.

The Jackrabbits secondary, Randall Goforth in particular, did a good job of limiting Rogers the rest of the way. He had two catches for 18 yards in the third and fourth quarters.

All told, Rogers had 12 grabs for 210 yards and the two scores.

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Football: No. 9 Carson 26, No. 12 Mater Dei 22

September, 3, 2011
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CARSON — What a way to break in the new turf.

Hours after the final installation of articifical grass inside its on-campus stadium, the Carson High football team received a performance for the ages from wide receiver Darreus Rogers.

The USC-bound senior cemented his extraordinary effort by catching the game-winning touchdown pass with 6.5 seconds remaining Friday night against visiting Mater Dei, his final dagger in a 26-22 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Rogers finished with 11 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns, and probably left the Mater Dei secondary with nightmares for weeks to come.

The Monarchs, ranked No. 12 in the preseason rankings by ESPNLA, appeared as if they might steal one from No. 9 Carson after taking a 22-18 lead with 3 minutes left.

But the Colts patiently moved the ball down the field behind the running of Roger Jones, who was declared eligible earlier in the week after transferring from Compton. That doesn’t mean Rogers wasn’t feeling a little impatient.

“I had three dudes on me so I was, like, ‘Man,’ I thought I wasn’t going to get the ball,” he said.

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Football: Roger Jones lands at Carson

September, 2, 2011
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Former Compton running back Roger Jones has transferred to Carson, Colts coach Elijah Asante confirmed Thursday after Jones' paperwork was approved by the CIF City Section.

Jones, an All-Moore League selection as a sophomore last season, had been conditioning with the Colts as he went through the transfer process. Asante said Jones is all set for No. 9-ranked Carson's opener Friday night against No. 12 Mater Dei.

"This dude is vicious," Asante said. "This guy is a franchise player. He's a difference-maker. ... This kid puts us in another place. With this kid, it legitimately raises the question: How the heck are you going to stop us?"

Jones joins another newcomer in the backfield. Former South Torrance quarterback Kevin McMahon transferred to Carson in the summer, giving the Colts a formidable replacement for All-City selection Justin Alo.

Here is Jones' sophomore highlight tape:

Carson ColtsAlex Gallardo For ESPNLA.comCarson played in the City Section title game last season and is looking for big things in 2011.

Get your seat cushions and pom-pons ready, high school football is finally here.

And to get you even more prepared, we present this weekly feature that highlights five must-see games in south Los Angeles County. The opening week -- or zero week -- offers a handful of doozies. Keep in mind that some highly anticipated contests, such as Long Beach Poly at Sacramento Grant, are not included on this list because they are scheduled to take place outside the "L.A. South" boundaries.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Bonita vs. San Dimas at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- This annual battle, locally pegged as the "Smudge Pot," might be as competitive as it has ever been. Bonita is coming off a runner-up finish in the Southeast Division but graduated a deep group of seniors. San Dimas lost to eventual Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia in the semifinals last year and also looks to avenge a 41-20 defeat at the hands of the Bearcats. The Saints lead the all-time head-to-head series, 22-16-1. For more analysis on this game, check out the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's "Two-Minute Drill."

No. 11 Crespi at No. 19 Dominguez, Friday, 7 p.m. -- It's the classic offense versus defense matchup. Despite losing record-breaking quarterback Kenny Stenhouse and top receiver Devin Lucien (UCLA) to graduation, Crespi figures to feature a strong offensive attack. On the other side of things, Dominguez might have the best defense in the area, with highly touted defensive back Brandon Beaver leading the way. The Dons eked out a 14-11 win last season and we might be in for a repeat of that on Friday.

No. 12 Mater Dei at No. 9 Carson, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Carson coach Elijah Asante knows that Mater Dei will be plenty motivated, given that the Colts upset the Monarchs, 14-10, in 2010. Asante's group is the early favorite in the City Section, and a favorable outcome here could validate expectations. Colts fans will get their first opportunity to catch a glimpse of Kevin McMahon, a senior quarterback transfer from South Torrance who Asante has dubbed "The Cannon." A win here gives Carson good momentum heading into difficult games against No. 4 Long Beach Poly, No. 6 Santa Margarita and No. 3 Mission Viejo.

Notre Dame at No. 25 Serra, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Gone are standouts George Farmer (USC), Marqise Lee (USC) and Conner Preston (Southern Methodist). It doesn't end there, though. Cavaliers coach Scott Altenberg must fill a void at nearly every spot, with only five total returning starters. Serra undoubtedly begins a reloading phase, hoping to get back to a CIF State bowl game in the near future. This matchup serves as a solid first test. Can't make it out to Gardena? The game will stream live on FOXSportsWest.com as part of the website's Prep Zone platform.

Covina vs. West Covina at Covina District Field, Saturday, 7 p.m. -- The lone hiccup for West Covina in 2010? A season-opening loss to Covina. How it went down is perhaps even more agonizing for the defending Southeast Division champion Bulldogs. West Covina led 21-2 late in the fourth quarter before Covina scored 25 unanswered points to pull off the improbable comeback. The Bulldogs reeled off 13 consecutive wins and captured the hardware, but the Colts have had area bragging rights for a year.

Don't agree with this list of top games? Does another game deserve more notoriety? Leave a comment on this post or contact ESPNLosAngeles.com preps writer Blair Angulo directly on his Twitter page.

Football: No. 9 Carson

August, 27, 2011
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Talking about last season's shortcomings opens up healed wounds, so Carson coach Elijah Asante would rather keep those thoughts in the past. The Colts, Asante says, will carry nothing over from last year's 45-7 drubbing at the hands of Crenshaw in the City Section Division 1 title game at the Memorial Coliseum. It's just a terrible memory now, one that he doesn't even want to use as motivation.

"It doesn't give us any extra anything," Asante says. "It was a game we lost. Crenshaw out-coached us and outplayed us. But that was last year."

With that being said, this year is this year and these Colts aren't shying away from anyone, setting up inter-sectional duels against Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo to open up the season. "People are giving the teams we'll play more credit than they're giving us," Asante says. "People aren't looking at Carson like it's a tough game for [other teams]."

Here is a closer look at the Colts:

Team: Carson

Coach: Elijah Asante, second season.

2010 Record: 11-3, lost in the CIF City Section Division I championship game.

Returning starters: 12 total. Six on offense, six on defense.

Key players on offense: WR Darreus Rodgers (USC commit), QB Kevin McMahon, RB Kendell Sparks, RB Kameron Walker

Key players on defense: DB Jerrod Moton, DB Jordan Lasley, DL Pu'e Togia

Difference maker: Rogers caught 45 passes for 1,347 yards (29.9 average) and eight touchdowns last season, earning first-team All-City honors as a junior. And that came on a team that generally ran more than it threw. He's the leading receiver among all returning players in Los Angeles.

Newcomers: QB Kevin McMahon (transfer from South Torrance)

Not to be missed: vs. Mater Dei, Friday, Sept. 2. Arguably the area's most intriguing opener, Carson has a chance to build momentum heading into its next three doozies. Perhaps Asante put it best: "Mater Dei is not trying to lose this game. They're whole reputation is at stake. They can't lose to Carson three years in a row. They can't ... under any circumstances."

Coach’s comment: "We set up a really tough schedule and we expect to win every single one of those games. That's our expectation."

Final analysis: Sure, Carson wants to win its third consecutive Marine League championship. That's always the first goal -- win league and get into the postseason. But make no mistake about the Colts' aspirations: anything short of a City Section Division 1 title would be classified as disappointing. Things have set up nicely for Asante's offense, with the addition of McMahon, who he has pegged as "The Cannon." The Colts hope that a multidimensional attack, coupled with some defensive improvement, has them leaving the Memorial Coliseum with hardware at season's end.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

The Cannon, Carson's new weapon

August, 11, 2011
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Transfer quarterback Kevin McMahon, formerly of South Torrance, is as hyped as any player heading into the football season. And Carson coach Elijah Asante, the beneficiary of McMahon's transfer, is fine with all the fuss ... primarily because he's the biggest believer.

"This dude, man, his nickname is 'The Cannon' for a reason," Asante said. "He's really going to be a shot in the arm."

The Colts needed one after losing All-City first-teamer Justin Alo (2,534 yards passing, 793 rushing, 21 total touchdowns) to graduation. Carson needed someone that could get the ball to standout receiver Darreus Rogers, a USC commit.

As a junior last year, McMahon led South Torrance to a 12-2 record and the Northwest Division title game. He threw for 15 touchdowns and completed 58 percent of his passes.

"He has great leadership ability, great command, great presence," Asante said. "He's 6 feet, 4 inches, 220 pounds. He's got all the intangibles you need."

Carson is a favorite in the City Section this season.

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