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Dorsey Duo Does the Legwork, and Now Come the Drumsticks : Prep football: Northcutt and Skaggs lead Dons to savory 27-3 victory over Crenshaw.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

As the members of Dorsey and Crenshaw’s football teams shook hands at midfield after the Southern Pacific Conference opener for both schools, the winning Dons did not offer the traditional solace that accompanies a 27-3 thrashing of a City rival.

“Good game. . . . I like my chicken spicy.”

“Nice game. . . . I like my waffles with strawberries.”

“Tough game. . . . Extra crispy, please.”

The Dons (3-1) were placing orders, and Crenshaw players, teeth grinding, were taking note. A two-year tradition continues this morning at 8 when the Crenshaw football team serves the Dons their choice of the fare at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.

The Dons will savor every bite, just as they savored their performance Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. It was far from perfect, but it had enough big plays for a reversal of last season’s results, when the Cougars’ 34-10 victory proved finger-lickin’ good.

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“We haven’t been able to take the ball and drive it, but we were fortunate enough to have two or three big plays,” Dorsey Coach Paul Knox said.

And fortunate enough to have senior running backs Raymont Skaggs and Dennis Northcutt, who played together for the first time this season, with Northcutt finally recovered from a knee injury.

Northcutt scored three Dorsey touchdowns and Skaggs had the other, and they averaged 18.8 yards every time one touched the ball.

They combined for 163 yards rushing in only 12 carries and each caught a pass, Northcutt’s a swing pass that he turned into a 67-yard touchdown. That gave Dorsey a 14-0 halftime lead and came minutes after Skaggs, dancing much of the way, scored on a 62-yard run.

“After Raymont’s score I knew I was next,” said Northcutt, who transferred from Washington at the start of the season. “I’m not used to watching somebody else do the scoring.”

But those in attendance got used to watching Northcutt score.

On the first play of the second half he skimmed his way through the Cougar defense for a 45-yard touchdown. Near the end of the third quarter he scored again, this time from two yards out, behind a block from Skaggs.

“I think when we’re both playing, our offense comes together,” Skaggs said. “I think when we’re both healthy we have the best backfield in the city.”

And they will be the fullest backfield in the country, after their trip to Roscoe’s.

“I talked with our linemen before the game, and they’re eaters. They don’t like to give up food,” Northcutt said. “We weren’t going to let Crenshaw take our food again, and now, we’re really gonna eat.”


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