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Win or lose, they've become a theme team

After finally scoring during a loss to Eagle Rock, Bernstein adopted Chumbawamba's 'I Get Knocked Down.' Now the song has new resonance after the Dragons beat Roybal for their first win in 16 games.

November 01, 2009|Ben Bolch

They picked the perfect theme song. Now they only needed a reason to sing it.

The Hollywood Bernstein High Dragons did not win a game -- or score a point -- in 2008 during their first varsity football season.

After finally scoring during a blowout loss against Los Angeles Eagle Rock in September, the Dragons mustered a half-hearted rendition of Chumbawamba's "I Get Knocked Down" in their locker room.

"They didn't really get into it," Bernstein Coach Darrell Divinity said, "because we lost."

There was no holding back Friday night. Bernstein defeated L.A. Roybal, 12-7, for its first victory after 15 consecutive defeats dating to last season. The Dragons had been outscored 741-26 before beating the Titans.

But after running back Dalvin Scranton raced down the sideline for the go-ahead touchdown with about four minutes left Friday, the Dragons cranked up the music in the locker room and sang along to their favorite tune.

I get knocked down

But I get up again

You're never going to keep me down

Bernstein will probably never be confused with Long Beach Poly or Santa Ana Mater Dei. The Dragons have 35 varsity players, including some whom Divinity described as soccer enthusiasts from Central America. The team hasn't even erected a scoreboard at its on-campus stadium, forcing coaches to continually check with officials about how much time was left in the final minutes Friday.

"For us right now, success is going to be competing," Divinity said. "I don't believe we're going to get five, six wins. I'll be happy with three, four wins next year and just competing, being in games every week, not having the score 40-something to nothing at halftime."

If nothing else, the Dragons at least have the right theme song. "It fits us because we don't win games, we don't have the best talent and a lot of things go against us," Divinity said, "but we don't quit."

Scare for Taft

After he collapsed on the field during a postgame meeting and was taken to West Hills Hospital, Woodland Hills Taft quarterback Antuan Goodall was released early Saturday, diagnosed with a vertebra bruise, Coach Matt Kerstetter said.

"He swelled up a little bit and that caused all the pain," Kerstetter said of Goodall, whose X-rays and CT scans were negative.

Kerstetter said Goodall will meet with doctors Monday to assess an injury that Kerstetter said resulted "in a span of six plays where he had two shots to the head, one in the front and back." Goodall also played cornerback during Taft's 28-21 victory over Woodland Hills El Camino Real.

Brawl ends game

Police said no arrests were made and no injuries were reported after an altercation in the Gardena stands during the Panthers' homecoming game against Harbor City Narbonne.

Narbonne was leading, 36-7, with 9 minutes 16 seconds remaining when the incident broke out and the game was called. Sgt. Eric Buza of the Los Angeles Unified School District Police said no weapons were recovered.

"It sounded like a bigger deal than it actually was," Buza said.

Quarterback Chad Dashnaw threw four touchdown passes for Narbonne (5-3 overall, 3-0 Marine League), which plays host to Carson (6-2, 3-0) on Friday.


Times staff writer Mark Medina contributed to this report.

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