Narbonne linebacker Sidney Watkins, left, cheers on linebacker Keishawn… (Allen J. Schaben )
As expected, Harbor City Narbonne was made the top-seeded team for the Los Angeles City Section Division I football playoffs by a selection committee Saturday morning.
The Gauchos (10-0) wrapped up the Marine League title with a 53-7 rout of Gardena and will host No. 16 Los Angeles Locke in the first round Friday. If seedings hold, they will face No. 4 Carson in the semifinals in a rematch of Narbonne's 26-20 win Oct. 5.
"Winning league is nice, but any coach or player would gladly trade that for a ring," Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas said. "Our goal is to make the state tournament, and to do that we have to win City, so we still have work to do."
Coliseum League champion Los Angeles Crenshaw (9-1) was seeded No. 2 and hosts No. 15 Arleta, the East Valley League runner-up, in the first round. An intriguing first-round matchup is 14th-seeded Sylmar, which has won five straight, at Western League winner Venice (8-2), seeded No. 3.
West Valley League champion Lake Balboa Birmingham (8-2) is seeded fifth, San Pedro is sixth, Los Angeles Dorsey is seventh and No. 8 Los Angeles Garfield also has a home game versus Woodland Hills Taft, the West Valley League runner-up.
South Gate South East (9-1) is the top-seeded squad in Division II and will host Hollywood Bernstein in the first round Friday.
"I was expecting it based on our record and the teams we've beat," Jaguars Coach Roger Satti said of South East's seeding. "Van Nuys has been ahead of us all year in the MaxPreps rankings, but we shared a common opponent and we beat Huntington Park far more convincingly than they did."
Northern League champion Eagle Rock (7-3) was seeded second after routing Los Angeles Lincoln in its regular-season finale, Valley Mission League champion Van Nuys (9-1) is third and East Valley League winner Tujunga Verdugo Hills (7-3) is No. 4.
Van Nuys Fulton (9-2) is the No. 1-seeded team in the eight-man division.