Dorsey Smashes Sylmar in the first round

Dorsey Dons Isaiah Smalls delivering a pass from the pocket during the Crenshaw game. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, Ca – Dorsey scored early and often as the No. 6 seeded Dons completely dominated No. 11 Sylmar from start to finish. Fans filled the snack stands at Jackie Robinson Stadium while Dorsey raced to a 22-point lead in the first quarter.

Dorsey had four running backs score touchdowns en route to a 63-0 win over Sylmar in the opening round of the L.A. City Section Division I playoffs on Thursday night.

On the opening drive, Dorsey senior quarterback Mekhi Ellis connected with Dion Bascom on a 20-yard touchdown. Charles Mincy scored on the two-point conversion to give the Dons an early 8-0 lead.

“We wanted to play together and not underestimate our opponent,” Ellis, who went 10-of-13 for 169 yards and two touchdowns, said. “The goal was to come out, play hard, play smart and play fast.”

Sylmar’s opening drive ended with Dorsey linebacker Larry Oshon scooping the fumbled pitch and rumbling to the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown.

After forcing Sylmar to punt, Dorsey sophomore running back Jojuan Collins scored from nine yards out to give Dorsey a 22-0 lead with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.

Dorsey’s rushing attack totaled 241 yards and six touchdowns. Collins and Tyrace Richardson scored two touchdowns each. Cameron Simms and Keeshawn Johnson also scored on touchdown runs. Charles Mincy Jr. led Dorsey with 96 yards rushing on seven carries.

“We have great backs and our line really did good (tonight),” Ellis said. “They run strong and depend on one another.”

With a 42-0 lead at halftime, the running clock was in place for the second half but that didn’t stop the Dons from scoring. Ellis hit Isaiah Nelson in stride down the middle of the field for a 49-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

“We are happy we got the victory but that’s not our goal,” assistant coach Darius Wesber said. “The No. 1 thing we wanted to was execute and eliminate mistakes.”

Wesber filled in for coach Charles Mincy who was suspended for the playoff opener after being ejected in the Dons’ final regular season game against View Park.

The Dons advanced to the quarterfinals where they will face No. 3 Palisades on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 pm.