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Football: Narbonne is heavy underdog but has weapons

Does anyone think Narbonne (8-5) has a chance to beat Crenshaw (13-0) on Saturday at the Coliseum? Probably not, but the fact is the Gauchos are one of the few teams in the City Section to have talent in certain areas to match the Cougars.

Quarterback Chad Dashnaw has passed for 3,252 yards and 31 touchdowns. Running back Melvin Davis has rushed for 1,542 yards and strengthened the defense since he started playing linebacker during the playoffs. And defensive back Sean Parker has caught nine TD passes and is one of the most recruited players in the City Section.

The fact Narbonne has made it back to the Coliseum despite graduating 29 players from last season's co-championship team is a tribute to Coach Manuel Douglas, who has abandoned the wing T in favor of the spread, and it looks like the Gauchos are going to be a contender for years to come. Their quarterback in waiting, freshman Troy Williams, is supposed to be a good one.

But they're going to have to play better than they have all season to challenge Crenshaw, which is very motivated because the Cougars lost to Narbonne in last year's semifinals. And I just don't think Narbonne has the speed or the defensive strength to slow down the Cougars.

-- Eric Sondheimer

 
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rooter

It doesn't matter if narbonne wins or loses the pressure is on crenshaw but I prodict that it will rain hard narbonne will cap on those turn overs and narbonne will finish their business winning a city championship. I feel bad for crenshaw.

1981 CIty Champ

With all due respect for Coach Manuel Douglas an his Gauchos he has no chance Saturday against the best team in the country. The sad part is the Los Angeles Times doesnt recognize it and keep prasing the CIF. It's been along time since a city team has been so dominant and ranked #1. City Rules!

HSFB Fan

The most interesting part of this Saturday's game will be at the end of the 3rd Quarter. That is when the referees will decide whether to play running time or not. The Marine League is not even close to where it use to be. Narbonne had to get 5 turnovers to put away Venice in the 4th quarter, the same Venice team that knocked Carson out last year. Censhaw is 40 pooints better than Narbonne, and this will put the final nail in the coffin of the Marine League!

Anonymous

I think Narbonne will shock a lot of people come saturday. I think the Key is Feed the big fella the ball #5 Davis and let him chew up the clock. The shaw has not faced a back as gifted as him all season.

Anonymous

Yep... saw this kid play against O Lu and San Pedro, fast as lightning, he took a screen pass for 80 yards and the same for 60 vs Pedro! Also a B2G product. Good get for Boise State, he fits that speedy defense.

FB Fan

Don't forgt about WR/DB Bryan Douglas (Boise State commit)who leads the team in rec yards and has 3 pics in 3 playoff games this year.


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