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Carson Strikes Fast to Win Title

November 15, 2003|Eric Stephens,

Carson had earned a share of the Marine League title last week, but there was plenty to play for in Friday night's season finale against Harbor City Narbonne. An outright league championship and a high seeding in the City Section Championship division playoffs was on the line.

Robert Miller quickly took the steam out of a capacity crowd at Narbonne with an 80-yard touchdown run on the Colts' first play from scrimmage and Dwayne Sanders scored three ways in a dominating 27-3 victory.

Carson (7-3, 5-0) won its fifth consecutive league championship and denied Narbonne a chance to share the title.

"Our goal was outright Marine League champs," Colt lineman Norris Malele said. "We didn't want to share with anybody."

Sanders scored on a 17-yard run in the second quarter and returned the second-half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and a 20-3 Carson lead. He added a 17-yard scoring reception from Bo Napoleon in the third.

Narbonne (5-5, 3-2) got a big kickoff return from Lamont Long to start the game but didn't cash it in as Oscar De Alba missed a 37-yard field goal try.

Carson got the ball on the 20 and Miller ripped off his touchdown run through the middle of the defense.

"We were trying to get a fourth or fifth [playoff] seed instead of a 12th or 13th seed," said Miller, who gained 125 yards in 14 carries. "That run busted their balloon."

Narbonne got into Carson territory in seven of 10 possessions but committed three turnovers and could manage only a 27-yard field goal by De Alba.

Long ran for 114 yards for the Gauchos and Pat Smith added 100 yards to no avail. "We couldn't sustain anything," Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas said. "We moved the ball well. You have to give their defense credit for coming up big inside the 10- and 15-yard line."

Eric Stephens

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Jordan 3, Roosevelt 0 -- Sergio Ochoa kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter and visiting Jordan made it stand for the victory and a share of the Eastern League title with Bell (6-3-1, 4-1), a 24-0 winner over Garfield.

Bell scored a 21-20 victory this season over Jordan (7-3, 4-1), which is not eligible for the playoffs. Roosevelt finished 6-4, 3-2.

Crenshaw 30, Jefferson 6 -- Aaron Huntley carried 15 times for 95 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown, to lead the visiting Cougars (8-2, 4-1) in a game that decided second place in the Coliseum League. Jefferson finished 5-5, 3-2.

Crenshaw quarterback Anthony Moore carried the ball five times for 29 yards, including a six-yard touchdown.

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