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Dorsey aims to end skid vs. Crenshaw

Crenshaw running back Qujuan Floyd Dorsey (21) scores over Dorsey defensive end Jeremiah Allison (8) during last season's 53-12 Crenshaw rout. Alex Gallardo for ESPNLA.com

Dorsey is in prime position to win its first Coliseum League title since 2006 but, of course, has to go through four-time defending champion and neighboring rival Crenshaw.

Dun, dun, dun! Let the dramatics begin.

The inner-city counterparts meet Thursday night at Crenshaw with the hardware up for grabs. For Dorsey coach Paul Knox, who has been at the helm since 1985, it's only fitting. The Dons spoiled the same opportunity last year, getting blown out, 53-12, at home.

"They blitzed us," Knox said Tuesday. "They got started, momentum carried and we just couldn't stop them."

Or, really, Dorsey couldn't stop city legend De'Anthony Thomas, who has since become a national sensation as a dynamic playmaker for the Oregon Ducks. Good news for the Dons: Crenshaw's old No. 16 won't be lining up on the other side.

"That will be a relief," Knox said with a laugh. "He was really special. We know he's a great kid and enjoyed getting to know him, but we're glad to see him go."

Knox added that his team hasn't talked about last year's debacle, in which Crenshaw built a 47-0 cushion in the second quarter. Rivalries like this one don't need extra spice.

Dorsey (7-1, 3-0), No. 21 in the ESPN Los Angeles Top 25 rankings, might be the favorite. It played undefeated Redlands East Valley tough, losing 14-12, and beat highly regarded Alemany on the road. Crenshaw (5-2, 3-0) has won five in a row since losing to Alta (Utah) and Norco.