Los Angeles City Section Division I football powers Narbonne, Crenshaw and Venice combine to outscore opening-round playoff foes 203-0.
There was no mercy on the opening night of the City Section Division I football playoffs. The top three seeded teams — Narbonne, Crenshaw and Venice — combined to outscore their opponents, 203-0, on Friday night.
"That's what we're supposed to do," Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas said. "We're all supposed to play at our level."
Narbonne defeated El Camino Real, 58-0, with Aaron Corbin getting two interceptions. Crenshaw defeated Jefferson, 83-0, with Dillon Chaney contributing six sacks. Venice defeated Locke, 62-0, with Alexander Diamont completing six of eight passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
"There's three pretty good teams," Venice Coach Angelo Gasca said.
The quarterfinal matchups on Friday figure to be more competitive: Birmingham at Narbonne, Garfield at Carson, San Pedro at Venice and Dorsey at Crenshaw.
San Fernando quarterback Cristian Solano accounted for nine touchdowns in the Tigers' 76-44 Division II win over Verdugo Hills. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 373 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
Verdugo Hills quarterback Mark Powell passed for 382 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Bernstein keeps winning
Hollywood Bernstein Coach Masaki Matsumoto is receiving lots of praise for the way he has been teaching his players life lessons through football, but the Dragons (10-1) are also playing well on the field.
They defeated Monroe, 54-23, in their City Division III opener. Abraham Alvarado had four touchdown passes. Receivers Bairon Palma and George Gomez each caught two touchdown passes.
Running back Connor Wingenroth of Newhall Hart rushed for a school-record 308 yards in his team's 56-35 Northern Division win over Paso Robles.
Hart's bus returned at 2:30 a.m. Coach Mike Herrington got about four hours sleep before he started preparing for a Friday game against top-seeded Palos Verdes.
Businesses in Ventura figure to get a boost on Friday night with three playoff games in the area.
Gardena Serra will be at Buena, West Hills Chaminade will be at Ventura and Long Beach Poly will be playing St. Bonaventure at Ventura College.
In Serra's 48-16 win over Oxnard Pacifica, standout Adoree' Jackson enthusiastically spent most of the second half signaling in plays.
"He was fired up," Coach Scott Altenberg said. "I think his future is elsewhere."
Jackson had a three-yard touchdown run that Altenberg declared was "unbelievable."
"He went left and was stuffed," Altenberg said. "He went more left and was stuffed. He reversed field and had to jump over a guy and ended up in the end zone."