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Jefferson Looking to Solidify Standing

November 02, 2000

Jefferson High lost its chance for a major upset, and possible Coliseum League championship, when unbeaten Crenshaw defeated the Democrats with a long touchdown pass in the final seconds last week.

But Jefferson did not have much time to worry about the opportunity that slipped away. The Democrats, 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Coliseum League, immediately began preparations for Friday's game against Dorsey (6-2, 2-1).

It's a game that will go a long way toward determining both teams' playoff fates.

Each of the section's eight leagues are guaranteed only one spot in the 16-team Championship division that will be seeded after Nov. 9 regular-season finales. Eight at-large berths are awarded based on record, strength of schedule and record against mutual opponents.

"It's definitely a must-win for us," Jefferson Coach Hank Johnson said of Friday's game. "When they go into that seeding meeting, you never know what the committee's mind-set is going to be. A win over Dorsey would definitely solidify our position."

Jefferson has been led by junior John Brown, a three-year starter who plays quarterback and defensive back. Junior defensive back Travonne Jackson, junior tailback Jason Brown and senior lineman Larry Harris have also been standouts for Jefferson.


The Western League football race became even tighter after Westchester was forced to forfeit its Oct. 6 victory over Hamilton for using an ineligible player.

Jeff Halpern, an administrator in the City Section commissioner's office, said appropriate paperwork for a Westchester player who had transferred to the school before the season was not received by the City Section office by the first week of October.

The forfeit makes Westchester 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play going into Friday's game against Venice (6-2, 4-1).

Westchester finishes the season against Palisades (7-1, 5-0), which plays an intersectional game Friday against Pasadena Marshall.


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