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.
Narbonne's Tray Boone had a 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and scored on a 43-yard run in the fourth quarter to tie the score, 42-42, with 2:56 left.
Potter took it upon himself to take care of things in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 7-yard run to give San Pedro a 35-28 lead with 8:21 remaining in the game. The score came mere minutes after Darrell Santiago found the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown.
Potter and Williams dueled in the third quarter.
On third and 33 from Narbonne's side of the field, Potter scrambled for a 40-yard touchdown. Williams answered, of course. He took off on a 40-yard run of his own and scored on an 8-yard scamper to give the Gauchos a 28-21 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
“We didn't want to let Potter beat us with his legs, and he did, that's the tough part,'' Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas said. “Troy was going toe-to-toe with him the whole game. Too bad someone had to lose. We came up a little short tonight.
Williams was warmed up by the end of the first half. He completed his last four passes of the second quarter, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Anderson with :34 seconds left. As a result, the Gauchos cut the deficit down to 14-13 at intermission.
The Pirates used their rushing attack to get on the scoreboard for the second time in the second quarter. Brent Speight picked up yards in chunks and the hard work paid off when the senior scored on an 11-yard run to give San Pedro a 14-7 lead with 2:36 left.
Trailing for the first time in the game, Narbonne responded in the second quarter. Williams directed a methodical scoring drive. He capped things off with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Anderson to tie up the score, 7-7, with 3:32 remaining in the first half.
After struggling to move the ball, the Pirates found their rhythm midway through the second quarter. Potter rushed for 15 yards and completed a 28-yard pass to Michael Whitt to move the ball inside the Narbonne 10-yard line. Minutes later, Santiago did the rest on his own. He scored on a 2-yard run to give San Pedro a 7-0 lead with 6:37 left before halftime.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.