With Narbonne High’s football team leading 38-31 with 1:06 left in the game, Carson cut the Gauchos’ lead to one point when quarterback Kevin McMahon scored on a 1-yard keeper.
In came kicker Edgardo Alonzo to attempt to tie the game with his point after touchdown attempt. The snap, however, sailed over Jerrod Moten’s head and the attempt failed, leaving Narbonne with a 38-37 lead.
The Colts went on to try an onside kick but Antoine Anderson recovered the ball. Behind quarterback Troy Williams who was able to pass for a first down, the Gauchos were able to run down the clock and hang on for their 38-37 victory last Friday at Narbonne.
Alonzo is usually dependable. He was able to convert on his four PAT attempts and made a 24-yard field goal.
After a 31-31 tie, Narbonne drove 61 yards on six plays and Williams was able to score on a 4-yard run. The extra point was successful.
Williams, one of the top junior quarterback prospects in the United States, completed 15 of 27 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
He had scoring passes of 23 yards to Anderson and 15 to A.J. Richardson.
Another key play for the Gauchos, who are 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Marine League, was an interception by Bruce Hicks off McMahon, as he attempted to pass to University of Southern California wide receiver Darreus Rogers, giving Narbonne the ball at the Carson 22-yard line. Three plays later, Johnell Johnson gave gave the Gauchos a 31-24 advantage on an 8-yard line.
Shortly after, McMahon found Kameron Walker for a 10-yard TD pass, tying the game at 31.
McMahon, a senior transfer from South Torrance High who also keyed the Spartans to the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division final where they fell short of Lompoc 20-14, had a fine game, completing 24 of 35 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Carson started the game off well when Tony Ingram returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a TD.
Also highlighting the Colts (3-4, 1-1), was cornerback Dan Cortez who intercepted a Williams passed and returned the ball 12 yards for a touchdown.
After the win against one its top rivals of today, Narbonne stays home against Banning for a 7 p.m. Marine contest Friday. The Pilots evened their league record to 1-1 and overall mark to 4-3 with a 21-6 home victory over Washington last Friday. The Gauchos are currently ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section by Maxpreps.
Carson, meanwhile, has its second consecutive showdown at home against undefeated San Pedro (7-0, 2-0) at the same time. The Pirates, ranked third in the City, are coming off a 35-7 home victory over Gardena last Friday. The Colts are No. 4 in the City.
Palos Verdes downs Mira Costa: Over the past three seasons, Mira Costa High’s football team dominated the Bay League with three consecutive titles, including a CIF-Southern Section Western Division crown from two years ago.
This year, however, Palos Verdes showed the Mustangs that it is their turn in their 28-7 win over the host Mustangs last Friday.
Keying the Sea Kings (5-2, 2-0) was Zach Henkhaus who helped them pull away with two punt returns for touchdowns from 47 and 80 yards.
Palos Verdes also used an effective running game, led by running back Carl Aguirre who rushed for 154 yards and one TD on eight carries. He scored the Sea Kings final touchdown on a 6-yard run with 7:31 remaining in the game.
Mira Costa managed to tie the game at seven early in the second quarter on a 2-yard scoring run from Stephen Giovati.
After displaying a 390-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance in the Mustangs’ key 30-28 win over West Torrance on Oct. 14, Brandon Edmond still performed well runnng for 107 yards on 16 carries.
Palos Verdes will have another key league contest at upstart West Torrance (4-3, 0-2) Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors started out 4-1 in non-league play, including sweeping their three Torrance School District opponents from Torrance, South and North, but lost two heartbreaking games to Mira Costa and Redondo (45-38).
Prior to West’s homecoming contest against the Sea Hawks (3-4, 2-0), its athletic stadium was re-dedicated in the name of its late legendary coach Fred Peterson, who passed away on Aug. 13 of heart failure at 79 years old. Peterson was head coach for the Warriors from 1965-83, leading them to the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Conference title in 1982.
Peterson was also an assistant to John Featherstone at El Camino College from 1985-2010, helping the Warriors win the national championship in 1987 and the state crown in 2006.
Last Friday at West, Redondo was led by sophomore quarterback Harrison Faecher who completed 11 of 20 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Davien McDougall caught seven of those for 201 yards and three TD’s.
West continued to have a fine performance by junior quarterback Joey Notch, who was 16-for-38 for 235 yards and two TD’s.
Both teams combined for 788 total yards offense, including 509 in the air.
Mira Costa visits Peninsula, last Friday’s 33-6 winner over winless Leuzinger (0-7, 0-2), Friday at 3 p.m.
The Sea Hawks host Leuzinger Friday at 7 p.m.
Serra holds off St. Francis: Serra High’s football team jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead, then it was junior running back Arterio Bateman that scored a key late touchdown to help the Cavaliers top St. Francis, 44-30, in a key Mission League game last Friday at Serra.
Serra, which improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league, was leading 38-14 late in the third quarter but the Golden Knights, behind quarterback Jared Lebowitz, threw touchdown passes of 37 and 30 yards to senior wide receiver Christian Hess, and they had converted on both two-point conversion attempts to cut the Cavalier lead to 38-30 with 7:53 to go in the game.
St. Francis appeared like it had a chance at tying the game and, possibly, sending it into overtime after Cavalier quarterback Jalen Greene fumbled away the ball at the Knight 45-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Lebowitz was sacked for a 10-yard loss and his other three passes fell incomplete, forcing a punt.
Serra received the ball at its own 47 and Bateman was able to run for all of the 53 yards on four plays, capping it with his 26-yard scoring run that put the game away with 39 seconds remaining.
“We’re young,” Serra head coach Scott Altenberg said. “St. Francis is a very good team. They came into the game with a 6-0 record. We had to get back on our horse at the end.”
Bateman rushed for 176 yards and three TD’s.
The Cavaliers scored on their first drive on Marques Rogers’ 18-yard run, but St. Francis bounced back to tie the game at seven when Lebowitz threw a 10-yard scoring pass to senior tight end Ryan McAlleenan.
The second quarter saw Serra go on a 24-0 run, started by a 62-yard touchdown run by Greene, a sophomore. The Cavaliers made it 21-7 on a 12-yard run by Bateman. In just a 10-second span, Serra scored 10 more points on Greene’s 40-yard TD pass to UCLA-bound wide receiver-cornerback Raymond Ford and a 29-yard field goal by Eddie Garcia, following the Golden Knights fumbling away the ball on a kickoff return.
St. Francis scored two minutes into the second half on a 7-yard run by running back Austin De Los Santos, but the Cavaleirs regained their 24-point lead with 2:56 left in the third quarter on Bateman’s 25-yard run.
The Knights are 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the brutal Mission, which has four teams ranked in the top five in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division. St. Francis entered last Friday’s game rated No. 3, while Serra was fourth. Top ranked is Chaminade, while St. Paul, the Cavaliers’ next opponent Friday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul, is fifth.
The Swordsmen are 5-2 overall after rolling over host Cathedral, 38-0, last Friday.
Last Week’s Results:
Thursday, Oct. 20:
Ocean League: Hawthorne 29, Morningside 18.
Friday, Oct. 21:
CIF-Southern Section 11-Man:
Del Rey League: Bishop Montgomery 24, Bosco Tech 0; Cantwell 48, Mary Star 0.
Misson League: Serra 44, St. Francis 30.
Bay League: Peninsula 33, Leuzinger 6; Palos Verdes 28, Mira Costa 7; Redondo 45, West Torrance 38.
Ocean League: Inglewood 30, Culver City 10.
Pioneer League: Torrance 21, El Segundo 14; North Torrance 35, Lawndale 20; Centennial 36, South Torrance 28.
Eight-Man Coastal League: Pacific Lutheran def. Lighthouse Christian by forfeit.
Saturday, Oct. 22:
San Joaquin League: Animo Leadership 27, Fairmont Prep 19.
Prep League: Chadwick 34, Webb 14.
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Friday, Oct. 21:
Marine League: Banning 21, Washington 6; Narbonne 38, Carson 37; San Pedro 35, Gardena 7.
Western League: Venice 19, Westchester 14.
This Week’s Schedule:
CIF-Southern Section 11-Man:
Friday, Oct. 28:
Del Rey League: Mary Star at La Salle, 7 p.m.; Verbum Dei at St. Bernard, 7 p.m.
Mission League: Serra at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
San Joaquin League: Animo Leadership at Sage Hill, 7 p.m.
Bay League: Leuzinger at Redondo, 7 p.m.; Mira Costa at Peninsula, 3 p.m.; Palos Verdes at West Torrance, 7 p.m.
Ocean League: Culver City at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.; Inglewood at Beverly Hills, 7 p.m.; Morningside vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica City College, 7 p.m.
Pioneer League: El Segundo at North Torrance, 7 p.m.; South Torrance at Lawndale, 7 p.m.; Torrance at Centennial, 6 p.m.
Eight-Man Coastal League: Price at Rolling Hills Prep, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29:
Prep League: Viewpoint at Chadwick, 2 p.m.
CIF-L.A. City Section:
Friday, Oct. 28:
Marine League: Banning at Narbonne, 7 p.m.; San Pedro at Carson, 7 p.m.; Gardena vs. Washington at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m.
Western League: University at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Snyder’s Top 10: 1. Narbonne (5-2), 2. Serra (5-2), 3. Palos Verdes (5-2), 4. San Pedro (7-0), 5. Carson (5-2), 6. St. Bernard (7-0), 7. Culver City (5-2), 8. Redondo (3-4), 9. Peninsula (5-2), 10. Mira Costa (2-5).