Football: It's prediction time in City Section
OK, I'm going to make some predictions for first-round games in the City Section.
Washington at Narbonne. The reward for the No. 1 seed is to play the weakest team in the bracket. Washington isn't the weakest, but Narbonne won't have any problem.
Birmingham at Garfield. Yes, I've already projected Birmingham to win this one. The reason is I can't believe the Patriots aren't a better team than the one that lost, 29-28, to Garfield in August. But I was very disappointed in their performance against Taft. I think Garfield isn't going to be ready for its best after an emotional win against Roosevelt.
Fremont at Jordan. Jordan has too much offensive firepower. The Bulldogs got lucky because their original first-round opponent was going to be Banning. I would have picked Banning in an upset because Jordan has problems against rushing teams. I don't think Fremont can pull it off.
Banning at Crenshaw. The Cougars are a young, dangerous team that's capable of reaching the Coliseum. They just have to keep their poise and keep getting better every playoff game. Go with Crenshaw.
Locke at Taft. The Toreadors made me a believer after their win over Birmingham. Their defense is much improved, and for the first time, I saw D.J. Morgan running hard, running tough and running fearlessly. Beware of the improving Toreadors and go with Taft.
Dorsey at San Fernando. This is one of the weakest Dorsey teams in years. If San Fernando has any kind of ability, the Tigers will win. Go with San Fernando.
Carson at Venice. This is the hardest game to predict. Venice looks like it got its act together during Western League play. Or maybe the competition had something to do with the 5-0 record. Carson looked pretty sad against Narbonne. There wasn't any offense and little passion. I'm still going with Carson because of its tough schedule. But somebody is going to have to block and run the ball for the Colts.
Sylmar at San Pedro. The Pirates are going to win in a rout. And all they have to do to make it to the Coliseum is knock off Taft in the semifinals. They've got two easy games in the playoffs coming up. Mike Walsh can already start scouting Taft if he wants.
-- Eric Sondheimer