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Officials give everybody a tie

The crowd wanted overtime. So did the players and coaches. But Arcadia High's nonleague game against Temple City ends in a 28-28 tie after officials inform the coaches there would be no extra period.

September 27, 2009|Ben Bolch

The crowd wanted overtime. So did the players and coaches.

It didn't matter.

Arcadia High's nonleague football game against Temple City ended in a 28-28 tie Friday night after officials informed the coaches that there would be no extra period.

That's not all they said, according to Temple City Coach Anthony White. As the officials left the field, White said Saturday, one said "something to the effect of, 'We don't get paid overtime, so we're not going to play overtime.'

"No disrespect to him, maybe he just said it as a joke," White said, "but when you put in the type of hours coaches and players do, you try to give the crowd a show and you try to compete."

Umpire Darren Winkley, who worked the game as part of the crew from the San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Assn., said none of the officials made a comment about overtime pay. Winkley said his crew's policy was not to allow overtime before league games.

But Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said officials must allow overtime if the schools involved agree to play extra periods. Both White and Arcadia counterpart Jon Dimalante said they wanted to keep playing.

"The officials are supposed to be there until the game ends, period," Simmons said. "You get paid from when the game starts to the game ends, depending on what those schools agree to."

Simmons said officials found to have skirted section rules could be reprimanded by their sanctioning body and have their playoff assignments curtailed.

Guess who's back?

There's a Coliseum League team rolling up points, dispatching Southern Section opponents and making an early bid for Los Angeles City Section title contention.

Crenshaw isn't too shabby either.

But one year removed from a season in which it seemed to lose ground to its biggest rival, Dorsey is back.

Senior Jorrian Washington, sidelined last season by a broken collarbone, rushed for a career-high 217 yards and three touchdowns Friday to lead the Dons to a 39-28 intersectional victory over visiting Compton.

Dorsey (3-0) utilizes three quarterbacks in its spread attack, with Josh Williamson and Joseph Gray taking snaps in addition to Washington. The Dons are averaging 33 points one season after averaging only 20 and finishing in a three-way tie for second in league behind Crenshaw.

"It was a reality check for us that there were things we needed to get done to stay at the level that we're accustomed to playing at," Dorsey Coach Paul Knox said. "We addressed those things in the off-season."

Knox has promoted sophomores to the varsity level more liberally than in the past, with five on this year's team.

The Dons also experienced a massive facilities upgrade. More than $2 million was spent to resurface the track and install artificial turf at Jackie Robinson Stadium, which plays host to about a dozen games a weekend between youth, high school and semipro teams.

"This new surface, we're hoping that it will preserve the field," Knox said. "The kids love it."

Coaching battle

It's the high school equivalent of Joe Paterno versus Bobby Bowden.

Marijon Ancich of Santa Fe Springs St. Paul and Bob Ladouceur of Concord De La Salle started the season tied with 344 coaching victories, the most in California history.

Ladouceur briefly moved ahead of Ancich when the Spartans won their opener and the Swordsmen lost to La Mirada. But Ancich has stormed back with three consecutive victories, giving him 347. Ladouceur has remained stuck on 345 following back-to-back losses to out-of-state powers.

Ancich said he did not return to St. Paul this year to keep pace with Ladouceur. The record, Ancich said, probably means more to his players than to him. "They're aware of it. I don't push that part of it. They want to win the games."

Hooray for ... Grant

Hollywood failed in its bid to improve to 4-0 for the first time since at least the 1980s when the Sheiks suffered a 20-10 loss to Van Nuys Grant.

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ben.bolch@latimes.com

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