The Big One will finally hit Friday night.
Epicenter: Rancho Cienega Park, the site of the highly anticipated Crenshaw-Dorsey football game. The winner claims the Coliseum League title and a No. 1 seeding for the City Section playoffs. The loser, well, gets to hear about it for another year.
"It's going to be a very intense game," Dorsey receiver Marvin Hall said. "If we execute and do what we have to do, we shouldn't have a problem. But if we let them get going, we should have a rough time."
Really, it applies to both teams. The Dons (9-0) want to prove that their explosive offense is for real, as they seek their first title since 2001. The Cougars (7-2) are no longer a contender for the state bowl bid, but nothing would make up for two early-season losses like a rivalry win.
They've been on a collision course for weeks, with each team following a relatively easy path to get here.
Crenshaw, ranked No. 9 by ESPNLA.com, has outscored its opponents 365-17 since losing at Norco on Sept. 10. The Cougars have posted three consecutive shutouts.
No. 16 Dorsey, meanwhile, has scored 40 or more points in six of its nine games. Washington-bound quarterback Joseph Gray's 28 touchdown passes ranks ninth in the state. Hall, Gray's main target, has averaged nearly 25 yards per reception. He has accumulated seven scholarship offers in the last two months after coming into the season with zero.
The sideline smack talk promises to be lively. UCLA starting tailback Johnathan Franklin, who was on the last Dorsey team to defeat Crenshaw in 2006, will be there.
"Dorsey, 50 to nothing," Franklin said with a wide smile Wednesday following the Bruins' practice. "We're going to win it."
Three more to see:
San Pedro (6-3, 3-1) at Narbonne (5-4, 3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
The second spot in the Marine League and a guaranteed playoff berth are up for grabs.
Chaminade (8-1, 3-1) at St. Paul (6-3, 2-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Chaminade hopes to rebound after nearly pulling off the upset against No. 4 Serra last week.
Beverly Hills (6-3, 3-1) at Culver City (5-4, 2-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Both teams need this one with Inglewood (7-2, 4-0) all but guaranteed the Ocean League title.