Two nationally-ranked Southern California teams were involved in thrillers on Friday night. Only one came out on top.
Seventh-ranked Centennial (Corona)
, coming off a wild win over San Diego power Oceanside, dropped a 35-28 decision to perennial national power Long Beach Poly
, while No. 19 Serra (Gardena)
hung on for the third week in a row to defeat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)
20-13 in double-overtime.
Poly got a 14-yard touchdown run by highly-touted John Smith
to tie the score at 28-28 with 8:45 left, then received a go-ahead score on a 1-yard sneak by Tai Tiedemann
with 1:53 to play.
It was the Jackrabbits first and only lead of the game.
Centennial, which scored 129 points in its first two games and averaged a staggering 759 yards per game, couldn't muster a first down on its final drive and Poly, coming off a 31-24 loss to Servite, pulled the upset.
According to the Press-Enterprise
, Centennial managed just 287 yards and was held scoreless the last 20 minutes.
Welcome to Southern California where the top 10 teams are all capable of knocking one another off.
Centennial took a 7-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Robert Webber
(220 yards passing) to Eric Locklin
. Love tied it on a 1-yard sneak at the start of the second quarter.
After Tre Watson
scored on a 5-yard run for Centennial, once again Poly tied it, this time at 14-14 on a touchdown pass from Tiedemann.
Back came Centennial as Webber fired his second TD pass to Locklin, this one for 25 yards, making it 21-14 with two minutes left in the half.
Again Poly came right back, scoring with less than a minute in the half on a 14-yard pass from Josh Love
Webber put Centennial back in front with eight minutes left in the third quarter on an 18-yard TD pass to Javon McKinley
. Those, remarkably enough, were the last points Centennial would score as Poly held them scoreless the final 20 minutes.
Watson, who had 785 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in the first two games, was held to 48 yards on 23 carries. Poly's James Brooks
rushed for 126 yards, according to the Press-Enterprise.
In the Serra victory, Notre Dame held the Cavaliers (3-0) scoreless until the final 2:48 of regulation when Adoree' Jackson
Jackson tied the game at 13-13 with 54 seconds left on an 80-yard touchdown reception from Jalen Greene
. In overtime, Green and Jackson hooked up on a 25-yard touchdown to win it.
Notre Dame (2-1) scored in regulation on a 49-yard TD pass from Grant Kraemer
to Koa Farmer
and with two field goals by Lucas Alfonso
. But Notre Dame missed three field goals as well.
"We shouldn't have given them a scare, we should have won the game," Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney told the Los Angeles Daily News