Location: Harbor City, Calif.
18-19 Record: 10-4
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: After missing five games last year due to transfer rules, 2021 five-star quarterback Jake Garcia led Narbonne to nine straight wins, including a 55-7 LA City Section championship, and completed 75.7% of his passes. With him and the two leading receivers in four-star Joshua Jackson Jr. and Eren East returning, and four-star wide receiver Traeshon Holder transferring in, the offense has a strong foundation.
The running back rotation boasts two of its three leading rushers from last season in 2020 player Jack Brown and 2020 three-star JoJuan Collins. While they are solid, the team wasn’t able to get four-star 2021 RB Seven McGee, who planned to transfer in but decided to return to New York, and 2021 three-star Marceese Yetts, who transferred to Mater Dei.
Narbonne nabbed a transfer from Mater Dei, though, in four-star 2020 cornerback Darion Green-Warren. He will play opposite of four-star Stanford commit Brandon Jones, and joining them in the secondary is three-star Oregon safety commit Jared Greenfield and four-star 2021 athlete/safety Anthony Beavers. That’s not even mentioning the highest-ranked player on defense, outside linebacker Jordan Banks, who had 20 tackles for loss and a team-high 13 sacks last year.
The team is losing pieces on defense. Its four leading tacklers graduated, including Juice Tuputa (who also had 26 tackles for loss and six sacks). Cornerback Ja’Maree Boone and safeties Vincent Tucker and Mark Gibson will also be missed – the three combined for seven interceptions and 18 passes defended.
Additionally, head coach Manuel Douglas remains on leave for allegations of academic misconduct, according to the Daily Breeze.
In place of him stands interim Joe Aguirre, who has been around the program since 2005 and seems capable of delivering with the talented roster should Douglas not return.
8/24 at Buchanan
8/13 Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
9/6 at St. Paul
9/13 at Orange Lutheran
9/27 at Lawndale
10/4 at San Pedro
10/18 at Gardena