Centaurs play must win game against Santa Monica on Senior Night
October 27, 2022
After going through spring training, summer passing leagues and a nine-game
regular season schedule the 2022 regular football season comes down to the
most important game of the season. It's win or go home this Friday night against
Santa Monica on the Culver City High School campus inside the Jerry Chabola
Stadium. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.
If the Centaurs win they are in the playoffs, if they lose their season is over. It's
as simple as that. Culver City is 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Bay league. They are
currently in third place and a win Friday will keep them in third place. The league
leader is Palos Verdes at 4-0 and the second-place team is Mira Costa with a
league record of 3-1. Both of those team beat Culver City and Redondo Union is in
fourth with a league record of 2-2.
Culver City beat Redondo Union and that's the difference in the standings.
Redondo Union plays Mira Costa on Friday and if they upset the Mustangs and
the Centaurs lose to the Vikings, Redondo Union will go to the playoffs. If both
teams win Culver City will advance because they beat Redondo Union. If the third
place Centaurs make it to the CIF plays anything can happen. Just ask the
Philadelphia Phillies. They finished third in the National League East and they
were the last team in the majors to make the playoffs. Now they are going to the
World Series against the Houston Astros.
"Right now, we are fighting for our football lives," said Culver City head varsity
coach Jahmal Wright last Sunday. "Our goal is to make the playoffs. We
understand that the top three teams in the league will have an extended season.
It's real important for us to win the game against Santa Monica."
After losing to Palos Verdes last Friday night, 28-7, coach Wright and the rest of
his coaching staff has to make sure the players stay focused and keep their spirits
at a high level. "Yes, we are disappointed that we did not play well in the second
half but I am proud of the fight the team showed. Now it's time for us to get back
to playing our best football and moving forward so we can be ready for Santa
Monica and the playoffs."
Against Palos Verdes Culver City continued to make mistakes throughout the
game. Penalties and missed assignments hurt the Centaurs. "We had a tough time
getting our offense going," said Wright. "Palos Verdes did a good job up front,
controlling the line of scrimmage. They really gave us problems.
"Truthfully the main reason we had our offensive struggles was because of the
penalties," said Wright. "We had a lot of holding penalties. We would gain yards
and get a penalty, then it would be first and 25 yards, instead of positive yardage
we were looking at negative yardage. It happened multiple times. We had some
big offensive plays that were called backed that really hurt us."
Wright continued to talk about the loss to Palos Verdes. "They were a physical
team and they did a good job with their running game and their offensive and
defensive lines played a solid game. I never like to make excuses but some of our
players were sick with the flu during the week leading up to the Palos Verdes
game but they are a good, well coached team."
Now the Centaurs need to wipe the slate clean and focus on Santa Monica. The
Vikings are the last place team in the Bay league but in sports that means
absolutely nothing. "Santa Monica has a solid program with a very good coaching
staff," said Wright. "They have a young quarterback that can really throw the ball.
They also have some talented receivers that can make plays." The quarterback is
freshman Wyatt Brown, their top running back is senior Samuel Lipshy and their
top receivers are seniors Gus Reyman and Joaquin Nava.
Wright is hoping the Centaurs tough regular season schedule will help them
against Santa Monica. Their preseason opponents had a combined record of 31-
14 and their Bay league opponents are 25-14. Overall their opponents were 56-
28. "I think adversity always builds character," said Wright. "I think we are battle
tested. I think moving forward and looking at the some of the really good teams
we played, that should help us against Santa Monica and in the playoffs."
Playing a last place team can sometimes create psychological let down
problems but Wright does not want to talk about that. "We are not even thinking
about a letdown. It's senior night and we are expecting our seniors to lead the
way to victory and play with a lot of fire and we understand a win puts us in the
"The most important thing for us is to play sound football, execute our
technique and make sure we take care of our responsibilities," said Wright. "We
understand what's in front of us what's in front of us is Santa Monica and the
playoffs. We know we have a good football team and we know we have a
talented team. The best is yet to come."