When it comes to Inglewood High football, it’s been a labor of love for senior twins Keshawn and Teshawn White.
Born one minute apart, both began playing Pop Warner football when they were 5 years old, holding their own on the offensive and defensive lines. As they grew older, they focused on conditioning to help shape themselves into the players they are today for head coach Gary Bass.
Teshawn is now a 5-11, 195-pound power-running halfback-linebacker. Keshawn is a 6-2 tight end-linebacker. They are two of the main reasons why Inglewood (3-1), which hosts Palos Verdes (2-2) in a Bay League opener at 7 p.m. Oct. 6, is considered a favorite to win the league title.
In a game against Bishop Montgomery earlier this season, Teshawn rushed for 333 yards, had 100 receiving yards and scored six touchdowns in a 47-12 victory. Keshawn is a fierce leader on defense, constantly putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and disrupting running plays.Inglewood, which travels to Peninsula, Mira Costa and Redondo for key league games in the following three weeks, is also led by running back-kick returner Roland Damourie, quarterback Carlos Fernandez, defensive back Austrell Williams, linebacker James Pinkard and defensive lineman Jalen Rudd.
Here are some other selected prep football games involving local teams. All games are scheduled for Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Culver City (5-0) at El Segundo (5-0)
It’s probably safe to say that Culver City is not resting on its laurels. Following a noteworthy win over Dorsey last week, the Centaurs travel to El Segundo for their Bay League opener, starting an intense four-team battle with Lawndale (5-0) and Hawthorne (4-1) for the league title.
Culver City, which showed it has a hero in kicker Carlos Barillas — who kicked the game-winning field goal with 6.9 seconds left — displayed the ability to win close games. The Centaurs’ previous four wins were by scores of 58-27, 48-20, 42-7 and 59-0. El Segundo’s defense has given up only 37 points so far this season.
Paramount (4-1) at Downey (4-1)
This is a key San Gabriel Valley League opener for both teams. Downey’s Kijjon Foots is off to a good start, passing for more than 1,000 yards with only two interceptions. Baraq Ross has helped keep the pressure off Foots with 762 yards rushing.
Paramount is no slouch. The Pirates love to run and throw the ball and it shows. Demoryea Polidore Jr., Pierre Robinson, Cedric Hood, Darius Wallace, Daniel Osby all contribute to Paramount’s healthy offense, which has scored 40, 56, 49 and 50 points in its last four games. Hood and Osby share the quarterback duties.
Carson (3-2) at Narbonne (2-3)
Carson High head coach Arnold Ale remembers Narbonne from his playing days in the late 1980s. At that time, the Marine League was the conduit to the then-4A City Section championship, along with Banning and San Pedro. Moreover, Carson and Banning were often nationally ranked, while Gardena and Narbonne often fought to avoid the cellar.
Now, it’s a different era. Narbonne is a powerful program known around the nation, and Ale is hoping to get his Colts back up to that level, one step at a time. The Colts are led by quarterback Jaja Bellinger, and running backs Kori Moe, Bret Mauga-Aotoa and Devonte Lee, all juniors.
Seniors Tyler Washington and Joseph Bryson lead a steady group of wide receivers, while the Carson defense is anchored by defensive linemen Isaiah Niko, A.J. Moala and linebacker Mark Tuufuli.
Franklin (4-1) at Torres (4-1)
Franklin, coached by former Panther quarterback Narciso Diaz, has a storied history of outstanding signal-callers and team performances. Alfred Bobadilla, a sophomore, is currently keeping Franklin afloat as it travels to Torres for a Northern League opener.
Torres’ Tiquan Gilmore is over 1,000 rushing yards, but the Toros are out to show that they are more than just a one-man team. The proving ground for Torres starts here, and continues when it meets Eagle Rock on Oct. 13. The Northern League usually has been a Franklin-Eagle Rock derby for a long time.