Penalty flags plagued both teams in this deep-rooted rivalry as the Dorsey Dons (8-2) took home the crown with a 27-6 victory over the Crenshaw Cougars (4-3) in the City Section Coliseum League Championship on Friday night in Los Angeles.
Despite the flags, Dorsey was able to capitalize off of their opponent’s penalties and fumbles.
Senior running back Harrison Allen bullied his way into the endzone to put Dorsey up 7-0 at the 6:57 mark in the first quarter.
“The kids did a great job,” said Dorsey Head Coach Stafon Johnson. “The coaches did a wonderful job in preparing them and they came out and fought hard. We had a lot of injuries, but they showed the resilience of our football team and showed the next man up mentality.”
It was an unpredictable first quarter to say the least.
Flags were flying everywhere. One after the other.
There were twelve penalties and three fumbles in the first quarter alone.
Crenshaw’s senior receiver Zion Bennett caught a touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Donce Lewis as the duo gave their team life 7-6 at the 9:12 mark in the second quarter.
Dorsey ran it in with 1:11 remaining to lead 14-6 going into the second half.
The penalty count was twenty at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, Dorsey sophomore running back Javaun Lewis scored from the 10-yard line at the 9:38 mark to extend the lead to 20-6.
Crenshaw then threw the ball up for a hail mary but it was quickly intercepted by Dorsey.
Lewis ran in the dagger for Dorsey with 3:39 remaining to go up 27-6 in the fourth quarter.
With 52.9 seconds left, Dorsey senior Denzel Wade picked off a pass to seal the deal.
“Our mindset was just making sure to stay up course,” said Coach Johnson. “I think me being in a lot of big games in my career helped me to let the kids know it’s just another football game. Don’t treat this game any different from any other football game and just play hard. Don’t let the hype be more than what it is. It’s a championship game. It’s a rival game. It’s all these other big things, but you just have to focus on the task at hand.”
Coming into the game, both teams had undefeated records in the Coliseum League, Crenshaw (3-0) and Dorsey (4-0).
Musical artist 1takejay also performed at the halftime show.
This is the first time since 2017 that both teams have had a winning record.
“We’re going to keep climbing week in and week out and look forward to the playoffs. We’re in a good position to be in a good round in the playoffs, so I’m just excited to see what’s going on next week,” said Coach Johnson.
The CIF City Section will release its playoff divisions and pairings on Saturday, October 30th.