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Football: Signs of life at Washington

September 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

The toughest league in the City Section is the Marine League, and it has become even more competitive with the improvement of Washington, which is 4-1 under first-year Coach Harry Causey after seasons of 2-8 the last two years and 1-9 in 2009.

Causey, a former Washington assistant, has tried to restore pride and respect for the Generals, and two players are having big seasons on defense.

Nose tackle Ashton Dennis, 6 feet 2, 280 pounds, has eight tackles for losses.

Linebacker Jernell Sutherland, 6-3, 210 pounds, is a basketball player playing football for the first time, and he has six sacks.

Washington opens league play on Friday against Banning, whose coach, Tim McTyer, played for Causey at Washington.

Also in the league, Gardena is 5-0 under first-year Coach Deon Toliver, a former Leuzinger coach. Gardena opens against San Pedro. And unbeaten Narbonne plays winless Carson.

-- Eric Sondheimer