With 11 City Section championships, Carson's football tradition is rich and plentiful, but there are people who still become surprised when the Colts take down a top Southern Section program.
The Colts don't mind playing the role of underdog. For the second consecutive season, they knocked off Santa Ana Mater Dei, winning, 14-10, on Saturday night at Santa Ana Stadium in a dominating performance.
"It was a great win for the City Section," first-year Coach Elijah Asante said. "No one respects the City."
Carson's defense sacked USC-bound Max Wittek four times. Wittek completed seven of 17 passes for 62 yards. The Monarchs were hurt by the absence of receiver Victor Blackwell, a USC commit who left the game in the second quarter because of a shoulder injury. Without Blackwell, Mater Dei had no big-play weapon.
Mater Dei was driving late in the game but lost the ball on a fumble with 1:48 left. Tracy Harris recovered the ball on the Carson 20, and the Colts ran out the clock.