COMPTON -- Crespi finally got redemption Friday night ... and then some.
A year after stumbling out of the gate by losing their opener to Dominguez, the Celts made sure a repeat wasn't in store, pummeling the Dons, 48-6, behind a 34-point first half. Officials used a running clock for the fourth quarter and both teams emptied their benches.
"It was great coming into their house and beating them by more than 40 points," Crespi senior Mike Davison said. "Last year they came out with a lucky win but we came here, executed and came out victorious."
Davison, a speedy, shifty, 5-foot-2 receiver, scored two touchdowns and probably caused more headaches. He had a 21-yard scoring run on an end-around hand-off that made it 14-0, then reached the end zone in the third quarter following a dizzying sequence from seven yards out that left Dominguez defenders catching their breath.
"I was just thinking touchdown," Davison said.
Fellow receiver Chris Harper had 140 yards receiving and two touchdowns, while tailback Terry Williams ran for 64 yards and a score prior to sitting out most of the second half.
"Any time you can come back and beat a team that beat you last year it's always a good thing," Harper said.
There was plenty hype before the game, that's for sure. It was pegged as an intriguing rematch of last year's opener: Dominguez, the No. 19 team in ESPNLA.com's prep football preseason rankings, and its stout defense loaded with top collegiate prospects against Crespi, the No. 11 team, and its array of offensive weapons.
As it turned out, all of it was exaggerated noise.
"Honestly, we were expecting a hard-fought game," said Crespi quarterback Cody Cordell, who threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half of work.
Dominguez's defense, led by touted defensive back Brandon Beaver, had difficulty with Crespi's spread formation. If Harper wasn't creating havoc on the edges, he was at least freeing up space for Williams and the Celts' tight ends down low. Crespi (1-0) seemed to click on all cylinders despite having to fill the voids left by the graduation of record-breaking quarterback Kenny Stenhouse and wideout Devin Lucien (UCLA).
The Dons (0-1), who had eked out a 14-11 win against Crespi last season, hurt themselves with penalties and defensive miscues. Coach Keith Donerson's Wing-T offense was ineffective, the only reason for applause coming in the second quarter on a 36-yard touchdown catch by Daveyon Monette.
"We beat a very good program," Crespi coach Jon Mack said. "They're very well coached. I think we got them on a good night; they will rebound. That staff will not let them continue in this direction. I still expect them to be a force down the road. I think we got lucky with some things but I'm thankful for the win."