Los Angeles Preps: Michael Whitt

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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No. 20 San Pedro 49, No. 19 Narbonne 42

November, 4, 2011

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.

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