PREP FOOTBALL: Crenshaw to face tough opponent in Vista Murrieta

September 21, 2017

Crenshaw High’s football program is a model of consistency in many ways. Currently led by head coach Robert Garrett, the Cougars have been an L.A. City power beginning with Ron Price and Earl Smith in the early 1980s, followed by David Frierson and now Garrett. Crenshaw has sent dozens of players to college and into professional football. Many others who have achieved success in the education and professional world as well.

Crenshaw (3-1) plays Vista Murrieta (0-4) in an intersectional battle Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

Crenshaw defeated Garfield last week behind strong performances by Rayshawn Williams, Jared Greenfield and Solomon Hassen on offense, and a sound defense led by Patrick Willis, Joseph Williams, Sahbri White and Nygel Lewis.

Vista Murrieta is better than its record indicates. The Broncos have played some solid teams: Mission Viejo, Orange Lutheran, JSerra Catholic — all Orange County powers — and Colquitt County in Georgia. Vista Murrieta’s top players include running back Theo Gearring, quarterback Robert Coleman, running back De’vion Sneed, wide receiver Eric Allen and linebacker Travis Plantier.

Here are some other selected prep football games involving local teams. All games are scheduled for Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

L.A. City

Huntington Park (4-0) at Palisades (3-1): This is another one of the top games in the city. Huntington Park, coached by Anthony Vega, is off to one of its best starts in school history.

The Spartans, led by running back Bey’Jon Lee, quarterback Victor Molina, cornerback Joseph Kensey and wide receiver Anthony Parhms, travel to meet a Palisades team that was upset by South Gate last week, 32-31.

In that game, the favored Dolphins suffered two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter that helped erase a 24-7 lead.

However, this contest could be similar, because both teams have plenty of offensive firepower and sound defensive units.

Palisades, coached by Tim Hyde, is making a strong bid for the City Section Division I title. The Dolphins’ key players include wide receiver-kick returner Cameron Bailey (578 all-purpose yards), running back Syaire Riley, quarterback Daniel Hayes, running back Dakota Hamilton (617 yards rushing), running back Max Palees and defensive back Darion Robinson.

Roosevelt (4-0) at Westchester (1-3): So far, Roosevelt, coached by Ricardo Zepeda, has shown it can build momentum prior to Eastern League play, which begins Oct. 6 when it meets South East.

Roosevelt’s leaders include quarterback Raymond Reynoso, running backs Frankie Cruz and Santos Rivera, wide receivers Isaiah Zepeda and Brandon Hernandez and Miguel Montero on defense.

Westchester, coached by Wyatt Henderson, has quarterback Jonathan Murphy (496 yards passing, 288 yards rushing), running back Estabon Bozeman (426 yards rushing), wide receiver Chanz Yarbrough leading the Comets’ offense. On the defensive side, Zach Brumfield, Timothy Henry, Kennedy Jones and John Spikes will help try to slow down the rampaging Rough Riders.

Southern Section

Hawthorne (4-0) at Leuzinger (1-3): Hawthorne has caught lightning, well not in a bottle, but it is certainly lighting up its opponents.

Hawthorne, coached by Derwin Henderson, is balanced on offense. Quarterback Joshua Robledo leads the way with 532 yards rushing and 458 yards passing. Joseph Taylor III is the Cougars’ rushing leader with 721 yards. Wide receivers Devante Wartell and Devaughn Houston also excel on defense in the secondary.

Leuzinger, coached by Thomas Barnes, relies on junior quarterback Mike Culpepper, running backs Elijah Myles, Semaj Daniels and Jammal Ali on offense. Linebacker Alex Ross anchors the Olympians’ defensive unit.


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