In a battle of the two of the teams in the Los Angeles city section, Crenshaw jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and hung on to beat Fremont in an exciting matchup. Crenshaw had the edge in size and strength and used it to their advantage dominating on both sides of the line.
No one was better than Crenshaw defensive lineman Brandon Mebane. The 6-1, 260 pound two way standout recorded two quarterback sacks and had two one yard rushing touchdowns in the 1st half and was a force all night long.
"He has to be the best player in the city," Fremont head coach Pete Duffy said in reference to Mebane. "He was awesome on both sides of the line, we couldn't stop him."
Mebane, the LA city defensive player of the year last season, set the tone early bursting through the line for a quarterback sack on the games first play from scrimmage. He was double teamed all game long but still did whatever he wanted on the field.
On the offensive end, Crenshaw wide receiver Daymeion Hughes made several sparkling catches and it seemed like every one of his catches came on third down and was for a 1st down. He also played man on man defensively against Fremont All-American wide out Mark Bradford and did an excellent job holding him to just two catches, one going for a five yard touchdown on a fade pass.
Bradford still looked hobbled by an ankle injury that has plagued him all year but Hughes was still key jamming Bradford at the line of scrimmage and doing his best to stay with him all over the field.
Crenshaw opened the door for Fremont when they fumbled the 2nd half kickoff in their own territory. Quarterback Mike Beach scored on a quarterback keeper just two plays later to cut the lead to 21-14. After a Crenshaw punt, Fremont drove the field and the Bradford touchdown tied the game at 21 heading into the fourth quarter.
Crenshaw retook the lead following a Fremont fumble and held on for the 28-21 win. The 'Shaw moved to 5-3, 3-0 in league play and Fremont dropped to 7-1.
"We just got too far behind in the 1st half," Duffy said. "They outplayed us but hopefully we'll see them again in the playoffs."