Defense was the name of the game at Culver City High School’s remodeled stadium Friday night. Culver City failed to protect their house in a 28-17 loss to Redondo Union.
On the opening offensive series of this nonleague game, Culver City’s junior transfer quarterback Armani Rogers threw a pick to Colin Hindle, who returned it for 43 yards at 9:51 left in first quarter.
This first turnover set up Redondo’s first score of the evening by running back Jamaal Perkins on a 2-yard rush with 9:20 left in first quarter. Perkins followed up his first touchdown five minutes later with another 2-yard rushing score at 4:17.
Perkins said, the keys to winning the game was “consistency, teamwork and effort.” The wing T offense Redondo Union used inside the red zone to complement the pistol offense was too much for Culver City to handle. The Sea Hawks (Redondo Union) pounded away to keep the ball out of Centaurs’ hands while using up valuable clock time during the game.
Redondo’s defense proved to be strong all night, applying pressure on Rodgers while sacking him six times. Being new to the offense, Rodgers tucked the ball and ran whenever the pocket closed in around him. Culver City running back Norman Stanley, who was the team’s leading rusher coming into tonight game, picked up a scatter of yards here and there but never jail broke the offense to free up the passing lanes.
Culver City did manage two touchdowns that came through the air to wide receiver Marcus Moore; a 17-yarder in second quarter 11:18 mark, and a 45-yard reception with 1:07 to play in fourth quarter.
The Centaurs’ defense picked it up in second half after trailing 21-7, by only allow one more touchdown in the fourth quarter when Jonathan Allagoa ran it in from 13 yards out on the left side. By then Redondo’s offense, behind quarterback Harrison Facher, had already built a lead that was too much for Centaurs to overcome.
Facher had a few key first downs with his arm and his feet to keep drives alive that put his team in position to win.
Culver City coach Jamal White spoke to his team after the game about correcting their mistakes and moving forward to the next game.
“We going to fix it,” White said. “We have to. We signed up for this. So let’s go. No Negativity!”
Next week Redondo Union (3-1) host San Pedro (3-0), Culver City (1-2) at Paramount (2-1)