Culver City High School’s football team, varsity football team, fresh off a dominating 47-0 win over Hawthorne last Friday, will play Santa Monica on Friday night at 7 at Santa Monica College.
The No. 1-ranked Division 11 Centaurs, 7-1 overall, are 2-1 in the Ocean League, same as Samohi.
Santa Monica is 3-5 for the season.
The winner of Friday’s game will move into sole possession of second place in the Ocean League behind 3-0 Lawndale.
“The Santa Monica game is big game for several reasons,” said Culver City Coach Jahmal Wright.
“This will be Santa Monica’s opportunity to make a push for the playoffs. They have a lot to play for. They have a very good quarterback, so we will have to come ready to play.”
Culver City has come ready to play seven out of eight weeks. Even with the loss of all-CIF receiver/defensive back Charles Ross, the Centaurs continue to put up big numbers on offense.
The defense also is outstanding.
“I am really happy about the way the defense has played,” said Coach Wright. He added that Cortez Wright “had a great game” in the Hawthorne shutout.
Everyone knew the Centaurs would score a lot of points this year but their defense is the surprise.
“I like our defense,” said linebacker Nick Bradley. At 5-10, 175 pounds, Bradley played running back last year.
“We play fast,” he said. “We fly around and make plays. I feel great about this team. We have a lot to play for.”
Bradley is another example of why the football program has been successful the last decade under Wright and his staff. Bradley, one of the fastest runners in school, was moved to linebacker because the Centaurs have a lot of good running backs.
The coaching staff tries to get the best athletes on the field.
“The mark of a good head coach is to surround yourself with great assistant coaches and that’s what I try to do every year,” said Wright.
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