Culver City Observer -

By Greg goodyear and Larry Weiner
Special to the Observer 

Loaded Centaurs open '18 with always tough West!

Culver Looking Good for 2018 Season

 

August 23, 2018



After several years of total frustration with West Torrance High, the Culver City Centaurs finally broke through and walloped West 58-24. Senior quarterback Jonathan Martin last year broke through with a one-game passing record by throwing for 537 yards and five touchdowns versus West. The Centaurs were ranked No. 1 all year in Division 11 but lost a heartbreaking 57-56 overtime game to Covina in the semi-finals.

Culver is starting this season with a relatively experienced sophomore quarterback, Zevi Eckhaus. But he started three games last year when Martin went down with an injury and went 3-0, completing a remarkable 77 percent of his passes.

No freshman quarterback had ever started a Culver City varsity game before.

The Cents boast one of the tallest lines they’ve had since 2011. They have two potential Division-1 players in left tackle Amir Hodge and right tackle Kofi Kari-Kari. Juniors David Naranjo and Blake Kneebone could be heavily looked at by D-1 colleges and universities also.

Culver City is also loaded with talent, speed, and depth in its running back and receiving core.

The defensive backfield is equally impressive and already has three kids with Division-1 scholarship offers. They are senior safety Dominick Tatum, junior cornerback Khary Crump and tough-minded cornerback Allen Smith.

In addition, cornerback Andrew Brown is coming off a track injury but could be a huge contributor if he stays healthy. Safety Jamal Glaspie is an explosive hitter and is committed to Fresno State as a wide receiver.

The linebacking crew is led by D-1 prospect Cortez Wright, who is joined by several other talented players.

 

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