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PREP FOOTBALL: Neighboring schools battle in Glenn-Norwalk rivalry week

The Glenn versus Norwalk rivalry is an old-fashioned neighborhood or community rivalry. It’s so popular that films of past games are online, thanks to various video-sharing sites. The schools are less than three miles apart.

Those facts help make this week’s Suburban League game, scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Excelsior High School, a major event in the Norwalk area.

Glenn (4-1), coached by Vince Lobendahn, is balanced. Quarterback David Sanchez leads a potent offense, whether by running the ball or throwing it. Sanchez gets lots of help from running back Carlos Pulido, wide receivers Tim Stevenson, Gerardo Godoy and Carlos Manriquez.

On defense, Allen Parrish, Adrian Manzanares, Dimitri Hernandez, Anthony Nava, Ivan Ramirez and William Keith will be relied upon to help the Eagles slow down a physical Norwalk running attack.

Norwalk (also 4-1), coached by Otis Harrison, tends to pound the ball between the hashmarks behind a strong offensive line, thanks to major efforts from Etieni Valele, Brionne Penny, Billy Moore, Andrew Navarro and Daniel Faamatau. So far, they have helped the Lancers pile up over 800 rushing yards.

The Norwalk defense is led by Brandon Barrett, Jonathan Tovar, Valele, Moore and Faamatau.

Here are some other selected prep football games involving local teams. All games are scheduled for Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Culver City (4-0) vs. Dorsey (0-4) at Jackie Robinson Stadium (L.A.)

On paper, it looks like an ordinary nonleague game, but on the field, it’s a different story. Last year, Dorsey survived a scare from Culver City, squeezing out a narrow four-point win on its way to the City Section Division I finals. But things are different now.

It’s certain that Culver City, coached by Jahmal Wright, clearly remembers that game. The Centaurs are led by quarterback Jonathan Martin (1,189 yards passing), and running backs Brandon Oum, Joshua Ford and Jerrian Anderson. The balanced Centaurs have a trio of productive wide receivers in Kevin McGuire, Jamal Glaspie, Charles Ross and Tyler Luckett.

Culver City is catching a struggling Dorsey team trying to establish consistency on both sides of the ball, the result of playing a brutal non-league schedule against Calabasas, Serra, St. John Bosco and San Diego Lincoln, in which the Dons lost 40-7 last week.

It seems as long as Dorsey’s leaders, Isaiah Smalls, Jordan Wood, Charles Mincy Jr., Dion Bascom, Larry Oshon and JoJuan Collins are healthy, improvement may not be far away for the Dons.

Compton (3-1) at Long Beach Jordan (0-5) 

Compton is enjoying early season success it hasn’t achieved in years, so head coach Calvin Bryant is working to help steer his team through the tough Moore League and into the playoffs.

Compton’s Christian Swint (412 yards rushing), Terrence Pratt (168 yards) and Jesse Brew (309 all-purpose yards) carry the bulk of the load for the strong-running Tarbabes.

Compton’s swarming defense is led by Jonathan Fernandez, Eduardo Garcia, William Wilson Jr., Niles Hibbert and Mykchayl McGraw.

Now that it has entered Moore League play, Long Beach Jordan is trying to avoid the spoilers’ role among the contenders.

Animo Robinson (4-0) at Santa Barbara Laguna Blanca (3-0) at 2 p.m. Sept. 30

For mirror images, this is about as close as one can get. Animo Robinson is undefeated, and so is their opponent.

Animo Robinson, coached by Derris Orange, has scored 38, 68, 56 and 56 points in its first four games this season, while its defense has relinquished only 14 points and has posted two shutouts.

Animo Robinson is led by David Zaragoza, Cristobal Sanchez, Alexander Zaragoza and Edward Torres.

Laguna Blanca, after an eight-point win over Valley Christian Academy in its season opener, has produced consecutive 64-0 wins on the road. The Owls, who are led by Aidan O’Donnell, Anton Homeniuk, Josh Baron and Alex Furukawa, are hosting their home opener.

 

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