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Football: City Section is big-game hunting again

July 31, 2009 | 12:51 pm

It should go down as The Lost Year in the City Section football annals.

The City recorded zero marquee victories in 2008 against its dreaded Southern Section rivals.

Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

The closest thing was Crenshaw's victory over Lakewood--and that was a forfeit victory awarded to the Cougars because the Lancers used an ineligible player.

Narbonne beat Mira Costa, 38-14, but that doesn't exactly induce goose bumps, now does it? Neither did Crenshaw's 21-14 victory over Culver City or Carson's 20-13 triumph over Redlands.

Truth be told, the City was so weak last year that its champion was crowned in fitting fashion: via a tie between Marine League rivals Narbonne and San Pedro.

Given this brief history lesson, here's a bold prediction: The City will do something big in 2009.

There are plenty of opportunities. Crenshaw opens its season against Lakewood on Sept. 4--the same day that Carson, a triple-overtime loser to Mater Dei last year, gets another crack at the Monarchs. Los Angeles Jordan seeks some payback against Esperanza, St. Bonaventure and Mater Dei after going 0-3 against the lot last year. And Narbonne takes on Long Beach Poly, Orange Lutheran and Los Alamitos.

A breakthrough is going to happen. It's just a matter of time. And we're not talking until 2010.

--Ben Bolch