LA South: Dorsey 37, Taft 24

It might be your night when a quick hitch route develops into something much greater.

Dorsey receiver Marvin Hall ran the simple pattern on the first play from scrimmage Thursday night and quarterback Joseph Gray got him the ball.

What followed is exactly what coaches dream of when they draw up their first plays.

"We wanted to get off to a fast start," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said smiling. "We wanted to control this game."

An aggressive side-step following the catch allowed Hall to turn it into an 80-yard race down the sideline, proving that nothing is ever simple when you factor in his speed. He was at it again minutes later, adding a score of 21 yards.

Ladies and gentleman, we give you Dorsey's X-factor.

"Marvin has really matured," Knox said. "Last year he started for us, but he wasn't the focal point of our offense. With a year of experience, he knows what we're asking of him and he's been delivering."

The fast start propelled No. 17 Dorsey (2-0) past visiting No. 23 Woodland Hills Taft, 37-24, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Gray threw for three touchdowns and might have had more if not for lackluster second and third quarters. He missed a few open receivers -- mistakes he said can be corrected by making better reads at the line.

"We've worked really hard on our passing game," Knox said. "It's the first time in a long time that we've had a quarterback return, so he's got command. There's some things he needs to work on, but he managed the game well."

Gray operated the spread without a huddle, mixing in the occasional "Wildcat" formation to keep Taft guessing. The offense also helped neutralize defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, a USC commit.

After falling behind 20-0, Taft stayed within striking distance. Dorsey tailback Keith Lakey sealed it with a 59-yard touchdown run with under three minutes to go.

"We came out and did what we had to do," Hall said. "We were determined."