Note #1 From The Editor: The powerful, and incredibly skilled Marine League Champions, the Narbonne “Gauchos,” won their second “Back-To-Back” L.A. City Section/CIF Championships under Head Coach, Manuel Douglas, in last month’s L.A. City Schools Division 1 title game against the Crenshaw “Cougars.” The final score–Gauchos (57), Cougars (21).
Coach Douglas is no stranger to East Los Angeles due to his successful terms as a Garfield and Roosevelt Assistant Coach. At best, that time in his coaching career certainly aided him in his quest to become a full-time high school football Head Coach. And since the start of his tenure in 2005 as the Gauchos’ Head Coach, he has not disappointed his players, parents, school administration, the student body, nor the Harbor City community, Quite to the contrary, he has guided his team with a most watchful eye and keen discipline onto the path of wide recognition and acclaim of the high school football hierarchy in Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond our state of California boundaries.
Adding to his robust resumé with this highly memorable victory, Coach Douglas confidently lays claim to being at the helm as Narbonne captured its 4th L.A. City Section title in the last (5) years, as well as guiding his team to (11) consecutive playoff berths since becoming Head Coach. Narbonne’s impressive record book now reads a total of (7) L.A. City Section/CIF championships ‑ (5) in Division I and (2) in Division II.
Note #2 From The Editor: We must add an historical headline here — Gauchos Win First State Regional and First Division 1-A, CIF State Championships!!! A huge Congrats to Head Coach, and 2015 “Coach of The Year,” Manuel Douglas and the Narbonne Gauchos (14-2) on winning their first State Title in the 2015 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games, with convincing victories over Ridgecrest (Bakersfield), by the score of (35-20), and Clayton Valley Charter, (Concord), (28-14) in the final. Also, a tremendously earned Congrats to 2015 L.A. City Section, Division 1, “Player of the Year,” Roman Ale. For more information about the Narbonne program, click here. Rico Cabrera, Sr./Managing Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Game Summary: The Gauchos dominated the Cougars with a first-half onslught of TDs moving them out to a convincing and overwhelmingly early lead, and by halftime the scoreboard read, Gauchos (36) – Cougars (7). The line of scrimmage was efficiently controlled by their massive “O-Line” and their highly skilled position players, led by All-City, Senior QB, Roman Ale, performing as they did all season long—at the Highest of all levels. Coach Douglas and his Coaching Staff did a masterful job of play-calling on the offensive side of the ball. The result, (8) TDs — (5) rushing and (3) receiving. The Gaucho defensive unit also deserves wide acclaim and temendous praise for its persistent and determined efforts the entire game. Their use of a variety of schemes and rotations both minimized and neutralized the explosiveness of their opponent. Rico Cabrera, Sr.
Player Game Statline: #18 QB/Roman Ale (SR) 17-25/286 yds./3 TD passes/0 Ints/46 yds-longest/146.0 QB rating; #2 RB/Sean Riley (SR) 14 rushes-79 yds/5.6 yds per rush/38 yds-longest/1 TD; #6 WR/Cedric Byrd (SR) 6 recps-114 yds/19.0 Ave per catch/34 longst/1 TD; #29 PK/Angel Garcia (SR) 7-7 PATs/7 Pts. Team Statline: (Offense/Receiving): 21 recps/351 yds/16.7 ave. yds per catch/46 longest/5 TDs; (Offense/Rushing/26 rushes/184 yds/7.1 ave. per rush/48 longest/3 TDs/”O-Line” – 10 pancake blocks; Team Statline: (Defense): 63 tackles/7 sacks/61 sack yds. for loss/4 ints/15 QB hurries.
Notable Season Stats: #18 Roman Ale/SR/16 games played/213 compl-308 attmpts/3,558 total passing yds/222.4 ave. yds per game/45 TD passes/16.7 yds. per compl/13.3 compltns per game/2.8 TD passes per game/6 ints./139.3 QB rating. National Rank 189; State/(CA) Rank 25.
Credits: Maxpreps.com; Erik Sarni, videographer, photo journalist, EastLASportsScene.Com
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