After Carson clinched a spot in the City Section Division I championship game last week, coach Elijah Asante went mythical on reporters, likening Crenshaw to Kraken, a powerful creature featured in the film "Clash of the Titans."
In the movie, protagonist Perseus uses the power of Medusa's snake-infested head to turn Kraken into stone. No word yet on what Carson plans to do with Crenshaw on Saturday at the Coliseum.
"I don't know what we're going to do," Asante said, "but we're going to have to come up with a plan to stop all that talent."
The plan figures to include the legs of tailbacks Dion Willis and Myles Johnson. Both surpassed the 100-yard mark in No. 1-seeded Carson's 40-21 semifinal win over Taft last Friday. It might not be Medusa's head, but if we include quarterback Justin Alo's running abilities, then consider Carson (11-2) a three-headed monster.
Will that be enough to offset defending City champion Crenshaw (11-2) and the nearly-mythical DeAnthony Thomas? The No. 2-seeded Cougars, who advanced to Saturday's 1 p.m. game with a 63-12 victory against Venice, have outscored opponents 156 to 26 in three playoff games. And while we're keeping tally, how does a 574-55 scoring streak in 11 straight wins sound?
"It's not about intimidation," Johnson said. "I mean, some dudes go out there and are intimidated. But it's Carson and Crenshaw -- that's what it's supposed to be."