Game Preview: Locke at Birmingham

Locke High Saints (Los Angeles, CA), Coliseum League #3 @ Birmingham High Patriots (Lake Balboa, CA), West Valley League #1. Los Angeles City Section 2nd Round Playoff Game

Locke High Saints (Los Angeles, CA), Coliseum League #3 @ Birmingham High Patriots (Lake Balboa, CA),  West Valley League #1.

Los Angeles City Section 2nd Round Playoff Game

Kickoff: November 22, 2006 7:00 PM

 

Head Coaches:

Locke: Wayne Crawford

Birmingham: Ed Croson

 

Locke is currently 8-3 having played Jordan (Los Angeles, CA) W 27-6, Fairfax (Los Angeles, CA) W 34-6, Diamond Bar (CA) W 33-17, San Pedro (CA) L 0-7, Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) W 15-10, Manual Arts (Los Angeles, CA) W 45-0, Dorsey (Los Angeles, CA) L 18-19, Fremont (Los Angeles, CA) W 12-0, Jefferson (Los Angeles, CA) W 21-0, Crenshaw (Los Angeles, CA) L 2-21 and a 1st Round Playoff game with Taft (Woodland Hills, CA) W 44-22. 

 

Locke's Defense allows an excellent 9.8 points per game with 30 Sacks, 19 Pass Defenses, 7 Int's and 8 Fumble Recoveries.  Their Offense scores 22.8 points per game and has 326 runs for 2590 yards (7.95 avg.) 20 TD's &  46 pass completions in 83 attempts (55.4%) for 846 yards 8 Int's 6 TD's.  This is a run team that plays excellent team defense.

 

Birmingham is currently 8-3 Having played Crespi (Encino, CA) L 16-24, Poly (Long Beach, CA) L 8-46, Valencia (CA) W 35-21, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA)  L 12-31, Dorsey (Los Angeles, CA) W 38-25, Taft (Woodland Hills, CA) W 35-18, Cleveland (Reseda, CA) W 55-0, Granada Hills (CA) W 41-0, Chatsworth (CA) W 36-7, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, CA) W 27-0 and a 1st Round Playoff with Westchester (Los Angeles, CA) W 47-6.

 

Birmingham's Defense allows 16.1 points per game with 26 Sacks, 42 Pass Defenses, 22 Hurries and 7 Int's.  The offense scores 35 points per game with 362 runs for 2182 yards (6.03 avg.) 30 TD's & 111 completions in 215 attempts (51.6%) for 1850 yards (8.60 yards per throw) 12 Int's 13 TD's.  This is a run team that has the athletes to strike quickly in the air.

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Locke

 

  • 5'11" 171 Senior QB Torrey Harkness has 40 pass completions in 66 attempts (60.6%) for 713 yards 5 Int's 5 TD's & is the #2 Rusher in yards with 31 carries for 233 yards (7.52 avg.) 4 TD's
  • 6'0" 190 Senior RB Isaac Williams is the #1 Rusher with 119 carries for 1263 yards (10.61 avg.) 11 TD's.  This kid has good size and with a 10.61 yard average can run tough.
  • 5'8" 147 RB Lentrail Hicks is #2 in number of carries with 43 carries for 215 yards (5.0 avg.)
  • 6'0" 180 Senior WR Darrell Stanley is the #1 receiver with 11 catches for 245 yards (22.27 avg.) 3 TD's.  This 22.27 yard average indicates he can run with speed.
  • 6'2" 213 2 way playmaker Senior TE David McBride is the #2 Receiver with 12 catches for 180 yards (15.0 avg.) 2 TD's.  Defensively David is the #3 Tackler with 7.7 per game.

 

 

Defensive Playmakers on an excellent Defense

 

  • 6'3" 210 Senior LB Travis Fountain is the #1 Tackler with 10.2 tackles per game and is #1 in Sacks with 13.  This kid can play football.
  • 5'10" 221 Senior LB Javier Guerra is the #2 Tackler with 10.2 tackles per game and is #2 in Sacks with 7.  This is another hard nosed football player on the defensive side of the ball.
  • 6'3" 207 Senior LB Tyree Beals is the #4 Tackler with 5.8 tackles per game
  • 6'2" 178 Senior CB Ken Overstreet has 5 Pass Defenses
  • 6'2" 192 Senior DB Lafayette Taylor has 5 Pass Defenses

 

The Line is led by

 

  • 6'0" 300 Junior Anthony Howard
  • 5'10" 267 Senior Lawrence Hines

 

Birmingham:

 

  • 6'4" 180 Senior QB James Beloff with a slightly sidearm release has 108 completions in 208 Attempts (51.9%) for 1829 yards (8.79 yards per throw) 11 Int's 13 TD's
  • 5'8" 200 Junior RB Milton Knox is the #1 Rusher with 244 carries for 1727 yards (7.08 avg.) 21 TD's
  • 5'7" 172 Senior RB Lavell Gunn is the #2 rusher with 57 carries for 363 yards (6.37 avg.) 6 TD's
  • 5'10" 165 Senior WR Willie Chandler is the #1 Receiver with 34 catches for 691 yards (20.32 avg.) 6 TD's.  7 Pass Defenses, 4 Int's.  Willie also has a 35 yard Kick Return Avg.
  • 6'1" 180 Sophomore WR De'von Flournoy is the #2 Receiver with 16 catches for 471 yards (29.44 avg.) 6 TD's
  • 6'1" 170 Senior WR Dramaine Culver - Dupree is the #3 Receiver with 22 catches for 377 yards (17.14 avg.)  1 TD

 

Defensive Playmakers

 

  • 6'2" 222 Junior LB Donovan Carter is the #1 Tackler with 9.3 per game & 4 Sacks, 4 hurries
  • 6'0" 195 Junior LB T.j. Rosas is the #2 Tackler with 6.9 per game & 3 Sacks, 6 Pass Defenses
  • 6'4" 208 Junior DE Malik Jackson is the #1 Sacks with 10 and 7 Hurries
  • 5'11" 198 Junior LB Marcus Law is the #3 Tackler with 6.2 per game
  • 5'9" 160 Senior DB Dominic Baker 7 Pass defenses

 

The Line has 4 Kids that average 273 and is led by

 

  • 5'10" 275 Kent Oriyomi
  • 5'9" 275 Madero Turner
  • 5'10" 274 Erik Miranda
  • 6'2" 270 J.j. Fifita

 

My Final Thoughts: 

This game is worth you getting in the car and going to see some big hitting football.  This Locke Defense is full of seniors and is for real.  They are playing against a Birmingham Offense that is extremely talented and dangerous with a big line.  Can this excellent Defense stop this offense under the lights on Wednesday Night?  You and I will see the results under the Wednesday Night Lights.  I absolutely can not wait.   Who knows, if I am lucky, I may get to interview some of these lesser known players that have the full ability to play on Saturday's.

 


 

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