TORRANCE, CA -- As the playoffs began and the brackets were chosen, Los Angeles High was hoping for a chance at redemption against their rivalry Hawkins. This opportunity came Saturday afternoon in the City Section Division II Championship as they made the most of it, scoring 36 consecutive points and forcing six turnovers in a 36-6 upset at El Camino College. The game was one of intensity, competitiveness, drama and unpredictability. Hawkins came into the game 13-0 and was considered the second-best team on paper to Narbonne. Los Angeles was the only team that came close to defeating Narbonne this season.
Avenging a 34-22 Coliseum League loss on Oct. 21, led by college prospects Martin Andrus and Chris Green, Los Angeles clinched their 10th City Section title. The Romans tied Hawkins, 31-31, during the regular season before reaching the Division II final last year.
Hawkins was the first team to score in the game with a two-yard run by Greg Johnson with 4 minutes and 37 seconds remaining in the first quarter. A 72-yard kickoff return by Berdale Robins set up a 12-yard scoring run by Chris Dormer to tie the score 22 seconds later. His second scoring run, which was for 12 yards, provided the final margin with 2:33 left in the final quarter.
The Romans, who were the No. 2 seed, took a 14-6 lead when Isaiah Johnson rushed for one-yard and Brimm Thompson was successful on a two-point conversion run with 10:52 left in the second quarter. Johnson rolled right and was able to find Javon Mitchell wide open in the end zone from 12 yards out to increase the lead to 20-6 with 4:09 remaining in the first half. Patrick Willis, Jr. set up the touchdown with a 55-yard interception return to the Hawkins 15. Robins caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Johnson in the back of the end zone and Dormer ran for the two-point conversion to make it 28-6 for Los Angeles with 1:11 left in the first half.
Hawkins drove the ball to the Romans' one yard line on the first drive of the second half, but quarterback Dylan Lemle fumbled on a snap and lineman Christopher Green was able to recover it at the three. The top-seeded Hawks (12-1) lost fumbles on their next two drives and Mitchell returned an interception 69 yards to clinch the victory with 6:30 left.