It doesn't seem as if Lakewood's football team has many weaknesses.
Some observations from Week 1 in the South Los Angeles region.
1. There may not be a better defensive team than Lakewood. Coach Thadd MacNeal is thrilled with the Lancers' run defense -- and for good reason. Lakewood was downright stingy at St. John Bosco on Friday, allowing the only score on a reverse wideout pass at the end of the first half. If there's a cause for concern, it would be the special teams, which missed a pair of easy field-goal attempts and muffed a punt.
2. It's a shame we're not headed for an undefeated showdown between Moore League rivals Long Beach Poly and Lakewood. The Jackrabbits suffered an ugly 32-7 loss to visiting Ventura St. Bonaventure on Friday. Perhaps the Seraphs are as good as the score indicates, or maybe Poly's passing attack isn't as refined as originally thought.Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.com
Dorsey came out firing on Thursday.
3. Don't be too alarmed by Crenshaw's 0-2 start. The defending state runner-up Cougars are good, having lost both road games by a combined nine points. But good may not be good enough -- they needed to be great to get back to the state title game.
4. Watch out for Dorsey if Joseph Gray gets into a rhythm. The senior quarterback started hot, cooled off, then turned it on in a win Thursday over Woodland Hills Taft. A deep corps of receivers -- led by speedster Marvin Hall -- gives Gray enough options to spread it around in Dorsey's no-huddle offense.
5. Venice running back Teondray Caldwell is opening some eyes early. Click here for a quick feature on what he's done so far, including a seven-touchdown performance against Harvard-Westlake.