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Crenshaw Makes Its Point, Beats Dorsey

November 16, 2002|Eric Stephens; Steve Galluzzo | From Staff Reports

Crenshaw tight end Chris Porter fumbled away a scoring opportunity in the first half but he did no such thing with the game and the Coliseum League title on the line Friday night.

Porter caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Simpson with 45 seconds left to give the Cougars a come-from-behind, 19-18 victory over Dorsey at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Kevin Menjivar's only successful extra-point try enabled Crenshaw to end its league season undefeated at 5-0. The Cougars, 7-3 overall, may be in line for the No. 2 or No. 3 overall seeding at today's City Section playoff pairings meeting.

Dorsey (4-6, 3-2) took an 18-12 lead with 3:40 remaining when Donald Prince completed a pass to Jerome Johnson and the big tight end shook off two tacklers to score on a 70-yard reception.

Crenshaw, which rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit, put together a game-winning, 54-yard drive by handing the ball off to running Dary Adway for five of the first six plays. Adway, who had 110 yards in 18 carries, gained 41 yards and picked up two first downs.

With the Dons focused on the run, Porter got loose in the end zone and Simpson found him.

Crenshaw scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the score.

Mebane, who comes in at fullback on short-yardage plays, scored from one yard out and Adway added a nine-yard touchdown run to take advantage of a Dorsey fumble. But Menjivar missed both point after tries to leave the score tied at 12-12 entering the fourth quarter.

-- Eric Stephens


Franklin 21, Eagle Rock 19 -- Narciso Diaz completed 11 of 17 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, who won their 12th Northern League title in 13 years.

Diaz completed a 67-yard touchdown pass play to Brandon Powers in the second quarter and added a 17-yard scoring strike to Danny Irbina in the third quarter. Diaz leads the City Section with 32 touchdown passes and is second behind Eddie Miller of Venice with 2,841 yards passing.

Powers had four receptions for 130 yards and Stevie Ramirez added four for 53 yards for Franklin (9-2, 5-0), which clinched a spot in the Championship playoffs.

Earnell Bowers returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and John Paul Yniquez's one-yard touchdown run pulled host Eagle Rock (7-3, 3-2) within 21-19 with 1:19 left in the third quarter.

Carlos Celis completed eight of 14 passes for 101 yards for the Eagles, including a 26-yard touchdown pass play to Luis Estrada in the second quarter. Estrada caught four passes for 68 yards.

Brandon Torres rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown in 10 carries, and Darryl Swim intercepted a desperation pass at Franklin's 25-yard line with no time remaining to preserve the victory.

-- Steve Galluzzo

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