Prep Preview: Crenshaw at Santiago

I’m covering the Los Angeles Crenshaw-Corona Santiago varsity football game tonight for The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment is that it’s the first game of QB Michael Darr’s senior season.

Crenshaw finished third in the Coliseum League in 2011 but lost three of its last four — including a 31-7 loss to San Pedro in the 1st Round of the CIF-City Section playoffs — to end the season on a down note. The Cougars are coached by Robert Garret, who will lean his team’s strength — speed — and hope it translates into wins.

Santiago qualified for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for the first time since 2009 but were beaten up in the 1st Round, 63-21, by Covina Charter Oak. Coach Jeff Steinberg finds himself with a load of experience, not the least of which is Darr, who will be beginning his third varsity season as the Sharks’ starter.

 — QB: David Arriago, Jr. (6-foot-1, 160 pounds); RB: Mossi Johnson, Sr. (6-2, 175)); Kevin Johnson, Sr. (5-10, 175); WR: Dominique Hatfield, Sr. (6-foot, 170); Andre Edwards, Sr. (6-4, 200); OL/DL: Brian Irving, Sr. (6-3, 250); Luis Lopez, Sr. (6-1, 265); Kenneth Davis, Jr. (6-foot-250); Isaiah Giddens, Jr. (6-4, 230); Clavacia Smith, Jr. (6-2, 225); LB: Antwon Drawhorn, Sr. (5-8, 140); Diandre Jackson, Sr. (5-10, 170); Birdel Hodge, Sr. (6-2, 215); DB: Andre Kiles, Sr. (5-8, 135); Marquise Clark, Jr. (5-9, 170); Daniel Arriaga, Jr. (5-6, 135); Corey Walker, Jr. (5-8, 175); K: Anthony Malombe, Jr. (5-8, 155).

Corona Santiago — QB: Michael Darr, Sr. (5-foot-10, 170 pounds); RB: Kaion Turner, Sr. (5-9, 165); Tyrone Willis (5-8, 175); WR: Dorion Barnett, Sr. (6-3, 205); Adam Brooks (5-10, 180); A.J. Moews, Sr. (6-foot, 165); Jordan Millidge (6-foot, 170); OL: Chris Lacroix, Sr. (6-2, 265); Dale Cogliano (6-1, 235); Darien Haratyk, Jr. (6-4, 265); Robert Beebe, Sr. (6-3, 210); DL: Geo Villareal, Sr. (5-11, 240); Andrew Poitras, Sr. (6-2, 210); Sutton Navarro, Sr. (5-11, 210); LB: Derryck Lowrie, Sr. (6-2, 220); Skylar Schalip, Sr. (5-10, 200); Jason Sebor, Sr. (5-11, 195); Jose Bucio, Sr. (5-11, 190); DB: Micah Hunter, Sr. (5-11, 186); Mychek Irving, Sr. (6-foot, 190); Dylan Merchant (6-foot, 205); Darryl Graham, Sr. (6-foot, 175). K: Dylan Roberts, Sr. (5-11, 170).

Santiago’s offensive cohesion, experience and belief that this could be the Sharks’ season. Darr and Barnett should begin their season-long love-affair by connecting upwards of 10 times for big plays and a couple of TDs.
THE FINAL SCORE: Santiago 35, Crenshaw 24

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