As City Sec­tion fa­vorites fall, oth­ers are ready to pounce

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­ Twit­ter: lat­sond­heimer

When the City Sec­tion foot­ball sea­son be­gan, Nar­bonne and Dorsey were con­sid­ered the clear fa­vorites in Di­vi­sion I. Four weeks later, there’s un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing both teams and op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers to step into con­tention.

Nar­bonne (2-2) was routed by Corona Cen­ten­nial 52-6 on Fri­day night. The Gau­chos’ pass­ing at­tack has strug­gled against top de­fenses. The ques­tion is, will it wake up against City com­pe­ti­tion?

Dorsey (0-3) has lost to Cal­abasas, Gar­dena Serra and Bellflower St. John Bosco, all top 25 teams from the South­ern Sec­tion. The Dons’ line play is a ma­jor is­sue.

So which teams are poised to take ad­van­tage?

Cren­shaw im­proved to 3-1 with a 49-0 win over Garfield. The Cougars are wait­ing for quar­ter­back Isa­iah John­son, a trans­fer from Los An­ge­les, to be­come el­i­gi­ble on Oct. 2. Their of­fen­sive line is out­stand­ing and they have top ath­letes in de­fen­sive backs James Day and Jared Green­field and re­ceiver Rayshawn Wil­liams. Green­field has filled in ca­pa­bly as the tem­po­rary quar­ter­back.

Car­son, un­der first-year coach Arnold Ale, is 2-2 af­ter a 23-20 win over Westch­ester in which Javier Bec­cera made a game-win­ning 20-yard field (his third field goal of the game) with 34 sec­onds left. The Colts are set to pick up a num­ber of trans­fer play­ers on Oct. 2, four days be­fore play­ing Nar­bonne in their Marine League opener. Quar­ter­back Jaja Bellinger has nine touch­down passes.

South Gate (2-2) pulled off the big­gest City Sec­tion up­set, hand­ing Pal­isades its first de­feat 32-31. Will Lu­cas had two in­ter­cep­tions, Lu­cio Ro­driguez recorded 16 tack­les and Don­dell Find­ley made eight catches for 128 yards and two touch­downs.

Top per­for­mances

Max Perez of Granada Hills scored six touch­downs in a 63-21 win over Kennedy.

Jor­dan Wil­more of Lawn­dale rushed for 232 yards and scored four touch­downs in a 63-6 win over Leuzinger.

K.C. Carr of Tustin rushed for 358 yards in 40 car­ries and scored five touch­downs in a 35-24 win over Trabuco Hills.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Jame­son Wang of Stu­dio City Har­vard-West­lake com­pleted 11 of 12 passes for 311 yards and four touch­downs and rushed for 166 yards and three touch­downs in 62-29 win over El Camino Real.

Ris­ing sopho­more

Any con­cerns about re­plac­ing record-break­ing quar­ter­back Tris­tan Geb­bia of Cal­abasas have quickly dis­ap­peared with the play of sopho­more quar­ter­back Jaden Casey. He com­pleted 18 of 24 passes for 282 yards and four touch­downs in the Coy­otes’ 48-29 vic­tory over Ox­nard Paci­fica.

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