Robert Garrett has slowly built a winning football program at Crenshaw, capped by last season's victory over Chatsworth in the City Division 3-A championship.
Heading into Friday's Southern Pacific Conference showdown at Carson, the up-and-coming Cougars were being tabbed as this season's front runner in the 4-A race. They were 4-1 and rated No. 19 in The Times' poll of top teams in the Southland.
But after Carson's 14-6 win in a mistake-plagued game, it seems Crenshaw is still a year or two away from winning the 4-A title.
Although the Cougars played well enough to win, they lacked the size, depth and offensive weapons of the Colts.
Garrett offered no excuses in defeat.
"I'm not going to complain about the officiating or anything else," Garrett said. "We couldn't score and they played well. I think their guys wanted it more." Crenshaw, now 2-1 in the conference and 4-2 overall, was confident coming off last week's 47-0 thrashing of Gardena. But against Carson, the Cougar offense resembled a different team--it managed only 82 yards for the game.