October 19, 2012 |
Good luck to quarterbacks who test the best cornerback tandem in the City Section. Crenshaw High's Dominique Hatfield and Mossi Johnson back down from nobody. On Friday night, in a neighborhood Coliseum League showdown against rival Dorsey, they combined for interceptions on three consecutive passes in the second quarter of Crenshaw's 34-14 victory. "I think they can play with anybody in the country," Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett said. Hatfield finished with two interceptions, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown.
September 23, 2012 |
If you want inspiration, go watch the Los Angeles Crenshaw High football team. They're 30 players strong and keep showing what happens when a group of determined, passionate teenagers give their all for 48 minutes. "They understand it doesn't take an army to play football," Coach Robert Garrett said. On Saturday morning, Garrett was groggy and a little tired but never prouder of a team in discussing the Cougars' 13-2 victory over Westlake Village Oaks Christian, the No. 2-ranked team in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division.
September 21, 2012 |
BOISE, Idaho - Nose tackle Mike Atkinson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and No. 24 Boise State held off Brigham Young, 7-6, on Thursday night in a game dominated by defense. Boise State (2-1) forced five turnovers and held the Cougars (2-2) to 200 total yards. The Boise State offense wasn't that much better, managing 261 total yards. Atkinson's big play came early in the third quarter when he dropped back into coverage, picked of Riley Nelson's short pass and rumbled into the end zone.
September 13, 2012 |
UCLA faces a Houston team run by another cookie-cutter quarterback from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School. David Piland replaced Case Keenum as the Cougars' quarterback this season. He completed 53 of 77 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 loss to Louisiana Tech last week. Piland , a sophomore, led Carroll to an 11-2 record in 2009. He was another in a line of successful Carroll quarterbacks. Chase Daniel (Missouri) and Greg McElroy (Alabama) are two former Dragons who went on to illustrious college careers.
September 12, 2012 |
UCLA's game against Houston in 2011 was memorable for the Bruins. "It felt like a track meet," cornerback Sheldon Price said. "They got some guys who can run all day. " And seemed to that day. UCLA ran up 554 total yards … and lost, 38-34. The loss rested squarely on the shoulders of Bruins defenders, who seemed to view tackling as an option while giving up 469 yards. "It's crucial that if they catch the ball, we wrap them up," Price said. The Bruins face an almost entirely new cast this season.
September 12, 2012 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone won't have to look far to find old friends Saturday. He can just glance across the Rose Bowl field to the Houston coaching staff. Cougars Coach Tony Levine was a graduate assistant under Mazzone at Auburn. Running back coach Ken McClintock was a running back at Minnesota when Mazzone was a Gophers' assistant. Wide receiver and special teams coach Jamie Christian was on staff with Mazzone at Arizona State. "I learned everything from them," Mazzone said.
September 11, 2012 |
David Piland was at home watching on television as his University of Houston teammates played UCLA at the Rose Bowl two years ago. A true freshman, he was expected to redshirt that season, and learn in practice from watching record-setting Cougars quarterback Case Keenum. But just a few minutes after the game ended, Piland's cellphone started convulsing. "Coaches were texting me and calling, saying, 'We need you here tomorrow,' " Piland recalled in a phone interview Tuesday.
August 30, 2012 |
If you want to have fun watching a group of talented teenagers give their all going both ways in a high school football game, go watch Crenshaw High. As long as their bumps, bruises, nicks, scratches and cramps don't get too painful week after week, the Cougars and the 30 players who suit up just might keep surprising the skeptics. They're already 2-0 after Thursday night's 41-25 victory over Norco that featured three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ajene Harris and 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns from junior running back Jacob Knight.
June 2, 2012 |
— It wasn't the typical Emily Lockman masterpiece, but that's just fine with her. The Norco High senior pitcher capped her high school career with a complete-game effort in a 6-4 win over Corona Santiago, in the Southern Section Division 1 title game. "I knew that they were going to score," she said. "I wasn't expecting a shutout. I just wanted to make sure we were up at the end of the seven innings, so I was happy with it. " Typically aided by excellent defense, the Cougars infield committed four errors, but Corona Santiago stranded eight runners.
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May 24, 2012 |
In the end, the mountain lion was probably looking for a place to call his own. Scientists believe the male mountain lion roamed his way down the Santa Monica Mountains early Tuesday, likely following a runoff channel. When daylight broke, he found himself in the middle of the city and scared. The lion was 3, and experts said that was the age to carve out his own territory. "These young guys are looking for a home of their own," said Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the National Park Service.