Football: It's prediction time for City Section
The City Section Division I football playoffs begin on Friday, so let me offer some first-round predictions.
San Pedro 42, Gardena 7: The Pirates are 10-0. Usually coaches worry about having to beat a team twice in a season. But San Pedro defeated Gardena, 35-7, earlier and won't have any problems behind quarterback Kenny Potter.
Crenshaw 35, El Camino Real 21: I think Crenshaw players are going to be more scared about dealing with a not-too-happy Coach Robert Garrett than worrying about Conquistadores. Back-to-back losses to Dorsey and West Adams have shaken the Cougar faithful. They get back on track.
Carson 24, Garfield 21: If there's one certain thing to predict about this game, it's that Garfield will play hard and give the Colts a scare. In the end, Carson has too much speed and athleticism.
Venice 49, Taft 14: I don't think people realize how good sophomore quarterback Alexander Diamont of Vence has become. Combine him with receiver Gabe Marks, and the Gondoliers roll.
Dorsey 28, Fairfax 0: Scoring against the Dons has become very difficult. Dorsey needs to keep working on its offensive execution, because down the road, that's what needs to improve to win a championship.
Birmingham 35, Arleta 21: Birmingham has made steady improvement all season, and there's no reason to stop now.
West Adams 28, Westchester 21: West Adams had eight sacks against Crenshaw and shows that last week's win was no fluke.
Narbonne 42, Reseda 7: At least Regents get a free bus ride to see what Harbor City looks like.
-- Eric Sondheimer