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Dorsey Rallies to Beat Granada Hills, 33-15

Johnson and Johnson clean up again at running back for the Dons, who score all of their points in the second half.

November 27, 2003|Eric Stephens | Times Staff Writer

Jeremiah Johnson and Stafon Johnson give Los Angeles Dorsey arguably the best one-two backfield punch in the Southland, and it was only a matter of time before both knocked out Granada Hills.

The two combined for 311 yards and four second-half touchdowns to lead the second-seeded Dons to a 33-15 victory Wednesday night in the City Section Championship division quarterfinals at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Dorsey (12-0), which plays host to Carson in the semifinals, kept its hopes for an undefeated season alive with a dominating second half powered by its talented running backs.

Stafon Johnson ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, while Jeremiah Johnson was right behind with 155 yards and two scores.

"Our offensive line did the job for us in the second half," said Jeremiah Johnson, whose 19-yard touchdown run gave the Dons the lead for good in the third quarter.

Stafon Johnson kept it rolling when he bolted around the left side for a 25-yard score and a 21-9 lead.

"We just told our offensive line to get some creases for us and [the tailbacks] will make plays for us," Dorsey Coach Paul Knox said. "We just needed to give our backs a chance to win the game."

Dorsey scored all its points after halftime. The Dons started their rally early in the third quarter when Donald Prince connected with Albert Russell on a 29-yard scoring pass.

Granada Hills (9-3) played a brilliant first half but fell apart in the third quarter. After Russell's touchdown, a bad snap put the Highlanders in poor field position, and a 10-yard punt by Ricardo Salcedo gave Dorsey the ball at the Granada Hills 19-yard line.

Two plays later, Jeremiah Johnson ran around the right side to give the Dons the lead.

On Granada Hills' opening possession, Brandon Charls (22 of 39, 261 yards) completed passes of 27 yards to Toby Bos-Cruz and 29 yards to Keith Brown. The Highlanders got three points out of the drive on Jackie Kecskes' 31-yard field goal.

They would push their lead to 9-0 on a two-yard run by Charls.

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