Los Angeles Preps: Manuel Douglas
November, 4, 2011
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
SAN PEDRO -- For those of you who have not heard of Kenny Potter, consider this as a formal introduction. His name is one to remember.
The senior quarterback from San Pedro put on a show Friday. And then some. Potter threw for 91 yards and rushed for 227 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns to guide the host Pirates to a 49-42 Marine League victory over Harbor City Narbonne.
“If Kenny Potter is one of the best players in the City Section, I don't know who is,'' San Pedro coach Mike Walsh said. “You saw what he did out there. Everyone saw what he did out there. He's a special player. We're glad he's in uniform for us.''
The victory put San Pedro (9-0, 4-0), No. 20 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings, in the drivers seat for the league title with one more regular season game.
Narbonne (6-3, 3-1), No. 19 in the poll, took step back.
The teams exchanged the lead in the fourth quarter on several occasions. Potter, however, put the game out of reach when he scored on a 71-yard run with 1:20 remaining on the clock for the game's final margin. The Gauchos were demoralized thereafter.
“I broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, and once I got into the secondary, no one was going to catch me from behind,'' Potter said. “I don't think a lot of people know about me, that's cool. I don't worry about all of the hype. That's for someone else.''
Troy Williams did his best to upstage Potter.
The junior had 121 yards rushing and a touchdown. In the air, Williams tossed a pair of touchdowns. His effort came up short in the end, unfortunately.
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."