Injuries haven’t slowed interest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “When he’s healthy, he has the ability to put up some big numbers,” Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. Crenshaw’s propensity for making big plays has come in spurts. He rushed for 468 yards in one three-game stretch, highlighted by an inspired, 175-yard performance in the 22-19 Golden League victory Oct. 7 over Palmdale – a game he played with the torn calf. He was held to just 22 yards in an 21-14 loss Oct. 28 to Lancaster, his first game back after missing two games with the injury. Crenshaw has mostly wowed opponents with his athleticism. He’s the state high jump champion and projects to be an impact player as a Div. I running back or defensive back. LANCASTER – Injuries have hurt Andre Crenshaw’s numbers, but not his collegiate stock value. Although he didn’t eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau until last week, Antelope Valley High’s big-play back has received scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon State and Washington. Crenshaw, whose production was limited by an ankle injury last season and a torn calf earlier this year, rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s 45-22 Southern Section Div. III first-round playoff victory over Leuzinger of Lawndale. The Antelopes (8-3) play at Dominguez of Compton in a quarterfinal Friday at 7:30 p.m. “When (college) coaches ask me, ‘What can he do?’ I tell them, ‘What do you need?’ ” Fleming said. “You watch him on film, and he can do anything.” He also has the intangibles, which Fleming said the Palmdale game illustrates. “There was a play where he had three kids on his back, and he was still turning and pumping his legs,” Fleming said. “He’s a tough kid, and that’s something you just can’t coach.” The same, but better: For a second consecutive week, Antelope Valley will see a double-wing offense. The Antelopes had difficulty adjusting to the double wing in Friday’s game, yielding 358 rushing yards against Leuzinger. “It’s almost identical, but they have the ability to open up a little more,” Fleming said of Dominguez’s version of the offense. Of concern to Antelope Valley is Dominguez quarterback Marvin Johnson, who has thrown for 950 yards and rushed for 788. Leuzinger had just one interception to show for five pass attempts. Lobos watch: Littlerock hasn’t started interviewing for its vacant head coach position, but longtime Bethel Christian coach and athletic director James Vondra, a Lobos assistant, is considered the frontrunner. Vondra said he didn’t know the administration’s timetable for replacing retiring Lin Parker, but he acknowledged he has applied for the position. “After just being here this year, I’d love to have the opportunity to work with these players who are coming back,” Vondra said. Turnovers: Antelope Valley capitalized on four turnovers in the Leuzinger game (two fumble recoveries, one interception and on-side kick recovery). They’ve recovered 37 turnovers in 11 games. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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