Los Angeles, Ca – The high school football season has officially began with the opening game with the visiting Dorsey Dons outlasting the host Hamilton Yankees 33-14. The Dons played a complete game and overcame their first half turnovers and 14-14 tie at the half.
These two programs meet last year in the season opener at Dorsey home field Jackie Robinson Stadium. Dorsey wore down Hamilton in that meeting as well with final last year of 50-13. After that loss Hamilton went on to win the Division II championship at the coliseum. This year they have elected to move up and compete in Division I for more of a challenge for the champs. They are led by senior quarterback Armani Rogers who threw one touchdown slant in today’s game to give Yankees the early 7-0 lead.
Dorsey this year has new head coach Irvin Davis who moved up from junior varsity level for 25 years making an impact groom the varsity stars of tomorrow. We ask Davis, how was it to get first varsity win? “Football is football…… It’s Just Football.” He was pleased with the win but today’s success was just building on his past good performances.
The Dons had few players shine during the game one being senior RB/DB Parie Dedeaux who just wouldn’t go down to ground when he rushed the ball. Being the first game Dedeaux and others experienced leg cramps but fought through them to keep his team in the game. New starting quarterback junior Jerman Gotoy kept his composure after few earlier turnovers with his offense squad. Gotoy finished with two touchdown one with his arm and one with his legs that was a nice 17 yard scramble for game final touchdown that made game 33-14 with 7:05 left in 4th quarter.
From this game we know that the Yankees will be a tough opponent for the rest of the Western league to have to deal with. Yankee Senior Christopher Henry caught a slant for a touchdown and doubled as lock down corner with his over 6 foot height and length. The line and the offense of timing will only get better, so be ready for this squad.
Another bright light for the Dons was another young gun who played last year on varsity as 10 grader now a junior Antwone Williams. Williams overcame his first carry fumble with dazzling 45 yard touchdown up the middle before break to outside and showing off his breakaway speed.
Coach Davis answered what he thought about the changes to the Coliseum league out additions of Los Angeles High & Hawkins High replacing Jefferson & Fremont. Davis said, “I like league, its competitive schedule and we have lot work to do….we must keep focus so we can compete.”
Next week Thursday September 3rd
Dorsey will host Paraclete & Hamilton will host Marshall
Photos from this game can be viewed at Full Image 360