Crenshaw coach Robert Garrett thought the Cougars controlled their own destiny heading into Friday night's game against then-unbeaten Dorsey.
He was sure of it.
As it turned out, not even a 53-12 drubbing of rival Dorsey was enough for a No. 1 seeding in the City Section Division I playoffs. The coaches rewarded Marine League champ Carson (8-2) with the top seed Saturday morning. Crenshaw (8-2) got the No. 2 seed.
Western League winner Venice (6-4) is seeded No. 3, while Coliseum League runner-up Dorsey (9-1) is No. 4.
Carson's two losses came on back-to-back weeks, to Santa Margarita (8-2) and Mission Viejo (10-0). Crenshaw opened the season 0-2 with defeats at North Gwinnett (Georgia) and Norco (8-2). But, clearly, Carson's victories over Mater Dei, Fontana Miller, Narbonne and San Pedro were enough to convince the voters.
Crenshaw just didn't have a notable win before Friday night.
Postseason play starts Friday, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. The City Section Div. I championship is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Coliseum.
Friday's matchups, with seeds and regular-season records in parentheses:
No. 16 Sylmar (5-5) at No. 1 Carson (8-2)
No. 9 Kennedy (5-5) at No. 8 Garfield (6-4)
No. 12 West Adams (2-8) at No. 5 Taft (7-3)
No. 13 Gardena (2-8) vs. No. 4 Dorsey (9-1) at Rancho Cienega Park
No. 14 Locke (5-5) at No. 3 Venice (6-4)
No. 11 Westchester (6-4) at No. 6 San Pedro (7-3)
No. 10 L.A. Jordan (6-4) at No. 7 Narbonne (5-5)
No. 15 Granada Hills (4-6) at No. 2 Crenshaw (8-2)