Prep Spotlight: Washington Prep-Inglewood Battle

Inglewood and Washington Prep make Friday Nigh Lights interesting. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360
Inglewood High School and Washington Prep make Friday Nigh Lights interesting. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360

The Inglewood Sentinels grounded the Washington Prep Generals’ spread offense in a 26 – 0 win. The game featured two new head coaches taking their teams into battle in search of their first win to start the season. We all were expecting a good battle with a few mistakes, and that is what happened.

There were fireworks from the minute the teams took the field for Friday Night Lights in this CIF City Section vs. CIF Southern Section matchup. These two teams had not faced off in football for over 10 years, but most of kids grew up playing youth sports together being less than few miles away. It did not take long for the first rocket to explode.

It was Inglewood’s running game that went off with a bang in the first quarter. Trevon Benton, Inglewood’s running back, scored the first of his two touchdowns in the game to give the Sentinels a 6-0 lead. The Generals tried to respond. Washington Prep quarterback Keith Scott, played with happy feet.  But it didn’t help Scott that  his offense couldn’t find a rhythm until the second quarter.

The Generals put together a  long drive in the period only to fumble at the Sentinels’ s 12-yard line. Inglewood’s defense was giving the Generals fits all night, bending but not breaking. After the fumble, Inglewood continued to grind it out. Then kaboom! It was another rushing touchdown as Benton and Eddie Reyes enforced their will on Washington Prep, finding gaps in the Generals’ defense.

Towards end of the first half, Inglewood quarterback DeJon Richardson connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Zaire Andre to make the score 18-0.

Inglewood quarterback DeJon Richardson makes a play with his legs. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360
Inglewood quarterback Chris Tompkins makes a play with his legs. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360

Inglewood’s strong rushing attack continued to open up the team’s passing game. Coming out of halftime with a three touchdown lead , Inglewood kept the ball on ground due to the fact that Richardson took a big hit before intermission, making way for Chris Tompkins to fill in while he sat out whole third period.

The third quarter of the game went by without any excitement. But that was different in the fourter. With 8:28 remaining in the game, Inglewood defensive tackle Tomaso Manuata laid a jaw-dropping hit on Scott that pumped up the Sentinels. Richardson eventually came back into the game and finished his evening on a high note.

Reyes got rewarded for his hard work, scoring on a 17-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by DJ Cash’s 30-yard run.

“It just felt good to be back on the field and have running game work,” said Reyes when asked about the offense.

With a 24-0 lead, the only drama left in the game was Inglewood coach trying to decide whether or not to go for the two-point conversion instead of the point after attempt.

After being unsuccessful on the first three touchdowns, the Sentinels were made it happen on their scoring possession.

I guess the fourth time around is a charm. Cash pounded his way into zone for the two points, making it 26-0. I am not sure why Inglewood didn’t attempt a kick for the extra point all night, as they will need to get that going to fight through the Ocean League.  Inglewood coach Tony Reid was pleased with the way his team played in their first outing .

Winning isn’t new to Reid. He has won a handful of titles and rings on the semi-pro level with his Inglewood Blackhawks team. Reid credits the running game as pivotal to his team’s victory.

“We had our one, two punch of Benton and Reyes and finished off with a little DJ Cash!”

Next week Inglewood (1-0) will travel to Bakersfield to play Stockdale (0-1); Washington Prep (0-1) will host Garfield (0-2)

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