Los Angeles Preps: Tray Boone

L.A. South: All-region football teams

December, 20, 2011
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Here’s an all-encompassing look at the top performers in south Los Angeles County for the 2011 prep football season.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Troy Williams, Narbonne, Junior -– Williams was superb in managing Narbonne's no-huddle spread attack. He did it with his arm (3,247 passing yards, 34 touchdowns), he did it with his legs (587 yards, 11 scores), and he made the right decisions with the football. The junior quarterback guided the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Robert Lewis, South East, Senior -– Opposing coaches schemed to stop Lewis but the electrifying tailback still averaged 10 yards per carry and amassed 2,023 yards and 30 touchdowns for the City Section Division II champs. Coach Derwin Henderson pegged him as the city's best all-around talent. Lewis has verbally committed to Southern Methodist.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Senior -– The mind-boggling numbers aren't quite there because the big guy faced double- and triple-teams on a weekly basis. Coach Ryan Maddox built his defense around the 305-pound defensive tackle and it paid off with Monrovia capturing its second straight Mid-Valley Division championship. McCarthy has offers from all over, including Cal, USC, Florida, Oregon and Washington.

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP

Jack Schneider, Charter Oak, Junior -– With 89 total points, Schneider was the region's top scorer among kickers. In 12 games he made 65 extra points for the Sierra League champions.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Manual Douglas, Narbonne –- By the end of the season, Douglas had his Gauchos playing as well as any team in the area. Narbonne finished 11-3 and reached its third City Section title game in the last four years. Douglas scheduled tough with games at Long Beach Poly and Tesoro, and the strategy paid dividends.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Steven Rivera, Arroyo, Sr. –- Rivera capped his stellar four-year stay at Arroyo by passing for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the Knights to the Mission Valley League title.

RB – Tray Boone, Narbonne, Sr. –- The shifty back rushed for six touchdowns in the City Section Division I title game to finish with 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns. He did all of this in an offense that primarily throws the ball.

RB – Marquise Bias, Monrovia, Sr. -– The powerful Bias pounded his way to 260 yards and three touchdowns in the Mid-Valley Division title game, and finished with more than 1,500 yards for the season.

WR – Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco, Sr. –- The Cal commit made Trinity League defenses look foolish, hauling in 11 touchdowns to go along with 1,377 receiving yards.

WR – Darreus Rogers, Carson, Sr. –- Rogers, a USC commit, was the City Section's leading receiver with 1,251 yards. He had a monster performance in the title game but it wasn't enough for the Colts.

WR – Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr. -– The slot-type Villalobos was the state leader with 2,001 receiving yards. He added 21 touchdowns for the Mid-Valley Division runner-up Matadors.

OL - Beau Leati, Narbonne, Sr. -- City Section coaches selected Leati as the lineman of the year and for good reason. He anchored a line that opened gaping holes for Boone and protected Williams.

OL – Lacy Westbrook, Dominguez, Sr. -– The UCLA commit was out when the Dons started the season with two losses, but his added a major spark to their ground attack.

OL – Beau Boyster, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– The Braves averaged more than 400 yards of offense per game and the Arizona commit was in the middle of it, with his protection of strong-armed Rene Medina.

OL – Gerrad Kough, Pomona, Sr. -– The Colorado commit spearheaded a Pomona running game that averaged more than 215 yards per game.

OL – George Castro, West Covina, Sr. -– West Covina was 25th in the state in rushing yards per game (332) and Castro was a big reason why.

PK – Mason Bryant, Monrovia, Jr. -– Bryant did it all for the back-to-back champion Wildcats as a receiver, defensive back and kicker, totaling 117 total points.

P - Conrad Ukropina, Loyola, Sr. –- Six of Ukropina's 25 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, and he averaged 43 yards per punt, the best in the Pac-5 Division.

SECOND TEAM

QB – Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Sr.
RB – Jimmy Frazier, West Covina, Sr.
RB – Kurt Scoby, Charter Oak, So.
WR – Richard Smith, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
WR - Antoine Anderson, Narbonne, Sr.
WR – Hunter Duran, Arroyo, Sr.
OL – Chase Eldredge, Palos Verdes, Sr.
OL – Chad Wheeler, Santa Monica, Sr.
OL – Justin Johnson, Dorsey, Sr.
OL – Alec Zenner, San Dimas, Sr.
OL – Nico Falah, St. John Bosco, Jr.
PK - Ret Tilman, Culver City, Sr.
P – Hayden Hunt, Long Beach Poly, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL – Demetric McKinney, West Adams, Sr. -– McKinney recorded a state-leading 26 sacks in only 12 games.

DL – Jeremiah Allison, Dorsey, Sr. -– Allison will be used as a linebacker in college but he was fierce coming off the three-point stance for Dorsey. Allison had 14 sacks for the Coliseum League champions, giving him 34 over his last two seasons.

DL – Jesse Ojeda, San Dimas, Sr. -– He only measures 5-feet, 7-inches but Ojeda was a force for the Saints, getting to the quarterback 17 times.

LB – Brett Walsh, Monrovia, Jr. -– Walsh was second in the entire Southern Section with 192 tackles, thriving behind McCarthy's havoc up front. He added eight sacks, and figures to garner attention during the offseason.

LB – Sergio Gonzalez, Ganesha, Jr. -– The outside linebacker led the Mid-Valley Division with 17 sacks.

LB – Nuoye Clemmons III, West Adams, Sr. -– Clemmons ranked second in the City Section with 146 tackles.

LB – Salamo Fiso, Long Beach Poly, Sr. -– The Arizona State commit spearheaded a strong Jackrabbits defense with 117 tackles.

DB – Kevin Page, Dorsey, Sr. -– Page intercepted six passes, including a big one on the road to clinch a victory at Alemany.

DB – Tyrone Taylor, Torrance, Sr. -– The Cal State Fullerton baseball signee had 190 tackles from the safety position.

DB – Shane Baumann, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– Baumann was in the middle of every defensive play, it seemed. He ranked fifth in the Pac-5 Division with 126 tackles and also had five interceptions.

DB – Mark Wright, Rolling Hills Prep, Sr. –- Wright had 10 interceptions in nine games, good for a tie for second place in the state.

SECOND TEAM

DL – Alonzo Williams, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
DL – Robbie Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
DL – Daniel Rios, Rosemead, Jr.
LB – Keishawn Haley, Culver City, Jr.
LB – Matt Rowe, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
LB – Jabari Ruffin, Downey, Sr.
LB – Thomas Brown, Gardena Serra, Sr.
DB – Trayvon Watson, West Adams, Sr.
DB – Gabriel Marks, Venice, Sr.
DB – Naijel Hale, Lakewood, So.
DB – Chris Solomon, West Covina, Sr.

City Div. I: Narbonne 48, Carson 32

December, 10, 2011
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MONTEREY PARK -- The "Tray Way," as Narbonne folk have come to know it, was the only way Friday night.

Tray Boone, Narbonne's emotional leader, did all he could to make people proud, then did all he could to fight those pesky tears. In the end, it was far too much to take in.

Behind Boone's six rushing touchdowns, the Narbonne Gauchos beat neighboring rival Carson, 48-32, claiming the City Section Division I championship at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles College. Narbonne won its first title since sharing the throne with league foe San Pedro in 2008. Carson, which has 11 championships to its name, lost in the final for the second year in a row.

"This was my last high school game with these guys," said the glossy-eyed Boone. "To win the championship is amazing."

The game was a rematch of the Oct. 21 thriller in Harbor City, which Narbonne won, 38-37, when Carson botched a potential game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minute. Following last week’s blowout of Coliseum League champion Dorsey, junior quarterback Troy Williams acknowledged how difficult it would be to beat a team twice during the same season.

Thanks to his dynamic tailback, Williams’ worst fears never materialized.

Boone had 200 total yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, and the senior finished with 316 yards, showing no ill effects from last week’s head injury that knocked him out at halftime.

"That's the man right there," Williams said as Boone walked by with the championship plaque in hand.

Meanwhile, Williams -- the City Section's leading passer -- wasn’t his usual self, visibly hobbling to his spot after every play. After passing for a season-low 75 yards, he admitted that he might have a fractured left leg. But Narbonne (11-3), making its third finals appearance in four years, still clicked offensively.

Among his six touchdowns, Boone had scoring runs of 36, 35 and 11 yards. He touched the ball 33 times, averaging nine and a half yards per touch.

"I never thought I'd run the ball so much in my life," Gauchos offensive coordinator Tim Kaub said. "I'd be stupid for not giving the ball to Tray Boone."

Fifth-seeded Carson (8-6) started the game the way it needed to. Safety Jerrod Moton intercepted Williams’ second pass of the night to set the Colts up near midfield. On the very next play, tailback Roger Jones stormed into the end zone for the quick 7-0 lead.

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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

No. 17 Narbonne 41, No. 14 Dorsey 7

December, 3, 2011
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HARBOR CITY -- Say no more, Narbonne. We hear you loud and clear.

The Gauchos made a resounding statement Friday night, crushing Dorsey, 41-7, to end the debate about which team rightfully deserved the No. 2 seeding in the City Section Division I playoffs. Second-seeded Narbonne will face fifth-seeded Carson in the all-Marine League championship game Dec. 9 at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East L.A. College. Carson stunned top-seeded San Pedro, 24-19, in the other semifinal.

Based on a past result, Narbonne (10-3) is the slight favorite to capture the crown. The Gauchos beat Carson 38-37 on Oct. 21 when the Colts botched a potential game-tying extra-point attempt in the final minute.

“It’s good to be in the final three of the last four years,” Narbonne coach Manual Douglas said.

The win was nearly devastating on two fronts. Quarterback Troy Williams, the leading passer in the City Section, did not play in the second half after suffering a left leg injury on what looked like a malicious hit by a Dorsey lineman. (Williams finished with 202 yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 18 passing, which propelled him past the 3,000-yard mark for the season. He also rushed for 46 yards and another score.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

November, 27, 2011
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Long Beach Poly fell out of the region's top spot for the first time this season following its second-round loss to Santa Margarita. Last week's second- and third-ranked teams -- St. John Bosco and Charter Oak, respectively -- also stumbled. Now, three of the region's top four squads come from the City Section. Marine League champion and top-seeded San Pedro is the only remaining undefeated team in the south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the third round of the playoffs:

1. (4) San Pedro (12-0)
The top-seeded Pirates eliminated the two-time defending City Section Division I champs Friday, securing another matchup with fifth-seeded Carson. The Marine League champs defeated the Colts 21-0 on Oct. 28. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 31-7. Next: semifinals vs. Carson, Friday.

2. (1) Long Beach Poly (10-2)*
The lack of consistency from the quarterback positions was a season-long concern for coach Raul Lara. That turned into a nightmare Friday when the Jackrabbits were intercepted five times. The good news: Gerard Wicks returns next season. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 49-16.

3. (5) Narbonne (9-3)
Junior quarterback Troy Williams had six total touchdowns, and the emerging Tray Boone had two more to propel the Gauchos to their third straight 50-point performance. They now face perhaps the city's top defense. Last week: Beat West Adams, 59-20. Next: semifinals vs. Dorsey, Friday.

4. (6) Dorsey (11-1)
The fast and talented Dons defense had six takeaways Friday, and USC-bound receiver Jaydon Mickens had four total touchdowns to go along with six receptions and 82 yards. Last week: Beat Birmingham, 45-13. Next: semifinals at Narbonne, Friday.

5. (2) St. John Bosco (8-4)*
Bosco twice cut its deficit to four on Friday but the defense couldn't come up with stops. Still, the Braves made their first playoff appearance since 2006, so they've got nothing to hang their heads about. Last week: Lost to San Clemente, 42-24.

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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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Football: No. 2 Long Beach Poly 19, Narbonne 16

September, 16, 2011
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LONG BEACH -- The Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits dodged a pair of bullets Friday night. Actually, they were more like missiles.

Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams' desperate, final-minute heaves fell incomplete and Poly, the No. 2 team in the ESPN Los Angeles Top 25 football rankings, escaped with a 19-16 intersectional victory at Veterans Stadium. The loss could have been disastrous for Poly's psyche heading into next week's highly anticipated meeting with Orange County powerhouse Mission Viejo.

"Obviously, when you're trying to win the game and it seems like the momentum has shifted on the other team's side, you always get a little worried," Poly coach Raul Lara said. "But I've been doing this now 21 years. I don't panic anymore. It's just like, 'Kids, c'mon, we've got to execute.' "

Narbonne nearly pulled off the shocker. With about 45 seconds remaining and facing a third and long, Williams rolled right and launched from midfield. Receiver Greg Clark got behind Randall Goforth, dove for the ball and, for a moment, had possession before it bounced out of his hands. Williams tried again on fourth down but it wasn't nearly as close.

"We could have easily won," Gauchos coach Manual Douglas said. "It would have been nice had it worked."

Poly (3-0) took a 19-14 lead on a two-yard touchdown pass from Chaiyse Hales to tight end Bradford Carter late in the third quarter. The Jackrabbits purposely took a safety with less than two minutes remaining to make it 19-16.

Poly zoned in on Williams, one of the top junior prospects in the area, and tried to contain him as much as possible. The strategy worked, as Williams threw for 162 yards on 11 of 23 passing to go along with only eight rushing yards. Williams was dropped for a loss nine times, this after torching Palos Verdes for 343 total yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening win for Narbonne (1-1) a week earlier.

"We just had a game plan against him," Poly linebacker Matthew Rowe said.

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