Narbonne Outlast Dorsey’s Advances

High School Football Dorsey Dons vs Narbonne Gauchos game action at El Camino College Murdock Stadium on December 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Dorsey quarterback Jerman Gotoy dropped back to pass, scrambled right and hit a streaking Jordan Wood for a 31-yard touchdown to cut the Gauchos lead, 29-27.

Narbonne answered with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal a 42-34 win over Dorsey in the CIF L.A. City Section Division I final at Murdock Stadium on Saturday night.

Narbonne wins its third straight title and fifth in six years.

“We had to get back in a rhythm on offense,” Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas said. “We came out tight but was able to get going and get a score on defense.”

Jalen Chatman led the Gauchos with 316 yards and five touchdowns.

Chatman threw back-to-back touchdowns to Stephon Robinson in the first quarter to give Narbonne a 14-0 lead.

Gotoy gets Dorsey on the board with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Smalls. After Narbonne forces a punt, Tre Walker hauls in a spectacular 18-yard touchdown catch to give the Gauchos a 22-7 lead with 6:21 left in the second quarter.

“I just tried to make all my reads and execute,” Chatman said. “We stayed focused and finished the game.”

Chatman threw his fourth touchdown of the first half when he hit Walker for a 34-yard touchdown. Narbonne led 29-7 at halftime.

Dorsey capped a 16-play drive with Smalls’ 15-yard touchdown reception to cut the Narbonne lead, 29-14.

Jarell Mickens’ 12-yard touchdown catch trimmed the Gauchos lead, 29-21, on the first play of the fourth quarter. Woods’ 31-yard touchdown reception pulled the Dons within two points with 9:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we were gonna pull out the win,” Gotoy said. “Everybody played well and it was very competitive. Their front eight on defense are excellent.”

Narbonne doesn’t waste any time as they march down the field on the ensuing drive. Chatman finds Robinson for a 33-yard touchdown to give the Gauchos a 36-27 lead with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter.

The Gauchos sealed the win when Gotoy fumbled in his own end zone and Domininc Peterson fell on the ball for a touchdown.

Walker finished with 10 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

“We had to earn it, that’s for sure,” Douglas said. “It should’ve been a blowout but in the end we got the W.”