Crenshaw falls in season opener, 17-12 [Updated]
The season got off to a painful start for defending City Section champions Los Angeles Crenshaw on Friday.
[UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: After scoring two early touchdowns, Crenshaw (0-1) fell quiet in the second half after star running back De'Anthony Thomas left the game suffering from cramping and dehydration in a 17-12 loss to Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett (3-0) on Friday.]
Thomas, who scored both of the Cougars' touchdowns in the first half, had only one carry for five yards at the beginning of the third quarter before leaving the game. He appeared to be fine on sidelines, talking to teammates, but he did not play another down in the second half.
Thomas scored the Cougars' first touchdown on a 49-yard run on the Cougars' first possession before scoring minutes later on a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marquis Thompson.
Crenshaw led, 12-7, at halftime before North Gwinnett took the lead for good on a 42-yard fumble return by Brandon McGowan. The Bulldogs then padded their lead with a 27-yard field goal by Jeff Hatley.
Crenshaw is ranked No. 10 in the Southland by The Times.
-- Austin Knoblauch