- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
With only around 30 players on the roster, Los Angeles Crenshaw seemingly would go into every game as the underdog, but through two games this season, the Cougars have found their claws.
Built largely upon two-way players and transfer quarterback Ajene Harris, Crenshaw beat Corona (Calif.) Santiago in the season opener and defeated Norco (Calif.) this past week. Harris threw for seven touchdowns in the first two games and has settled in nicely to the quarterback position after transferring in the spring and earning the first-string spot by default when his competition transferred out of Crenshaw.
Harris has made it look easy, but he said finding this success has been anything but.
“We’ve been preparing for it at practice and working hard, watching film of the schools we’re playing,” Harris said. “We’ve been coming together as a team on the field, and we have a really good connection with each other.”
Part of that connection for Harris has been to wide receiver Mossi Johnson, who also plays safety for the Cougars. Johnson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass against Norco and piled up tackles in the secondary. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior holds an offer from UNLV but said a new school could be entering the mix.
“I got a call from Arizona State,” Johnson said. “They said to keep practicing and playing hard, and they are going to stay in touch with me. I was really happy when I got that call.”
Johnson said he likely will push recruiting to the background during the season and will attack it in earnest in December and January. He added that he wants to put his teammates first right now, as Crenshaw’s small group of standouts looks to make a run for the city section championship.
“We basically say that we might only have 30 players, but everybody on this team can play,” Johnson said. “We have all 11 players on the field on every play that are hungry to play football.”