Crenshaw, Granada Hills lose CIF state football bowl games

Traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a chartered bus to attend the CIF Division 7-A State Championship football bowl game went well for Crenshaw High. Unfortunately, the game itself was a different story. The Cougars were beaten 54-6 by San Francisco Lincoln on Saturday afternoon at Kezar Stadium.

Lincoln coach Phil Ferrigno’s primary concern for Crenshaw was quarterback Donce Lewis.

“That boy has a strong arm,” Ferrigno said. “Not in my wildest dreams would that happen.”

Luckily, his defense made early adjustments to win their second state title in three seasons.

Two of the Cougars’ top players (7-8) were unable to make the trip due to illness, but coach Robert Garrett said his 19-man team struggled hard. He’s proud of what they accomplished as they won a City Section Division III championship and regional bowl game as the Cougars seek to regain their status as city powerhouses.

Most of Crenshaw’s players are underclassmen, giving Garrett hope for the future.

“We stopped for a bite to eat on the way here, and I’ve gotten positive reviews about the children’s characters,” Garrett said. “Even officials praised how well the children behaved. Those are positive things beyond football and what we’re trying to do with their behavior and character.”

Makyi Douglas caught a touchdown pass for Crenshaw’s only score.

It was a rainy night in the Bay Area, and many Southern California teams struggled against their Northern California hosts.

City Division I champions Granada Hills (12-3) completed his first pass of the season against San Marin in Novato in their 4-A Championship game. But the Highlanders fell 25-8 at halftime and were beaten 32-8.

Dijon Stanley ended his high school career for the Highlanders with a two-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run. San Marin became one of the few opponents to contain Stanley, who averaged more than 12 yards per carry.

The comeback of the night belonged to Laguna Hills, who captured the 3-A championship with a 28-27 win over San Jose Bellarmine.

Laguna Hills rebounded from a 27-7 halftime deficit to take a 28-27 lead in the fourth quarter after a 62-yard touchdown run by Troy Leigber. Laguna Hills finished 14-1.

In the 6-A final, Atascadero defeated San Gabriel 41-0.

In 4-AA, Irvine Northwood was beaten by Escalon 28-7.

In 5-AA, Pasadena Muir lost to Hughson 9-6 Crenshaw, Granada Hills lose CIF state football bowl games

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