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Football: Crenshaw seeks spot in City Division I final

November 23, 2012 |  7:25 am

What a season it has been for the Crenshaw Cougars. Except for a last-second field goal against Westlake Village Westlake in a 44-41 loss, Crenshaw (11-1) would be unbeaten.

The Cougars need one more win on Friday night at 7 o'clock at home against Venice to advance to the Dec. 1 City Section Division I championship game at East Los Angeles College.

And that could produce the much-anticipated showdown between Crenshaw and unbeaten Narbonne.

Of course, both teams have to take care of business. Narbonne is playing Carson in the semifinals. With Crenshaw, the Cougars can't take Venice (10-2) lightly, because the Gondos showed against Oaks Christian and Chaminade that they can play well against good teams.

Crenshaw's defense will have to stop the running of Alijah Lee. The Cougars aren't big up front but they are quick, so beware of Birdel Hodge in the middle.

Venice is loaded with underclassmen and will be considered next season's City title favorite, so this is an opportunity for invaluable experience and perhaps the chance to pull off an huge upset.

-- Eric Sondheimer