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Holland, Taft Run Past Carson, 35-20

September 18, 2004|Eric Stephens, Martin Henderson, Dan Arritt

Woodland Hills Taft's Jamere Holland is the top sprinter in the City Section. The junior is also showing that he can be a top receiver as well.

Holland caught three touchdown passes in the first half -- all on big plays -- and the host Toreadors re-established themselves as title contenders Friday with a 35-20 victory over defending champion Carson that ended the Colts' 10-game winning streak.

An error-plagued Taft team finished with an uncharacteristic 5-6 record last season. The mistakes seemed to carry over to this season's opener as quarterback Josh Portis committed two costly fourth-quarter turnovers in a one-point loss to Crenshaw.

After Portis lost a first-quarter fumble that was recovered by Carson's Lamar Brumfield for a touchdown, Taft didn't commit another turnover while turning to its newest offensive weapon.

Holland, the defending City champion in the 100 and 200 meters, took full advantage of man-on-man coverage, beating the Colt secondary for touchdowns on plays of 57, 71 and 35 yards as the Toreadors, ranked No. 25 in the Southland by The Times, took a 21-14 halftime lead.

Portis, who passed for 211 yards and rushed for another 64, pushed the lead to 14 points with a 20-yard run in the third quarter.

Shelton Banks added a 38-yard touchdown run.

Carson quarterback Bo Napoleon completed 20 of 39 passes for 206 yards, but the No. 14 Colts lost two fumbles and had trouble finishing drives.

Eric Stephens


Compton Dominguez 25, Crenshaw 15 -- The intersectional game ended with 18 seconds left at Crenshaw when several skirmishes broke out on the playing field.

The fighting marred a marvelous game by Dominguez quarterback Marvin Johnson, who threw for touchdowns of nine, 30 and 32 yards, and ran for a 29-yard score in the third quarter. He also intercepted three passes.

Dominguez (2-0), ranked No. 23, led at halftime, 18-0, before No. 21 Crenshaw (1-1) began to rally and frustrations began to grow on both sidelines.

Dominguez was called for seven personal fouls -- six in the second half -- and Crenshaw was whistled for three.

After Johnson's last interception at the Dominguez 47-yard line with 31 seconds left in the game, there appeared to be at least three different on-field altercations."It's sad for the kids and sad for the community," Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett said.

Martin Henderson


Anaheim Esperanza 38, Manhattan Beach Mira Costa 14 -- Mira Costa suffered its first regular-season defeat since the second week of the 2001 season, giving up 24 unanswered points in the second half at Placentia Valencia.

The No. 18 Mustangs (1-1) held their own against No. 24 Esperanza (3-0) in the first half, out-gaining the Aztecs in total yardage, 215-62.

But Esperanza had three of its four interceptions in the second half, including two by senior linebacker Gary Rogers, turning them into 17 points.

-- Dan Arritt

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