(CBS) Rahshaun Haylock — There’s the old saying: defense wins championships. And while Crenshaw certainly isn’t favored this year to win a third consecutive City title, they certainly acted like it.

When a tailback gains over 200 yard, it’s hard to say the opposing defense slowed him down, but that’s exactly what Crenshaw did to El Camino Real senior Kawan Rally.

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Rally was held to just 64 yards in the first half of the Conquistadores’ (8-3) 55-17 loss to Crenshaw (6-4) in the first round of the LA City Section Division I Playoffs.

“(Our defense) stepped up tonight,” said Crenshaw head coach Robert Garrett.

By the time Rally got loose in the second half and found the endzone for his first of two scores on the night, Crenshaw was already up 35-10.

He finished the night with 204 yards rushing.

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The triple-head monster of a rushing attack of Jacob Knight, Mossi Johnson, and Corey Walker paved the way for the Cougars.

Knight paced the trio with 172 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.

Walker had a 68-yard run in the second quarter to put Crenshaw up 21-0.

The Cougars led 21-3 at halftime.

The win sets up an intriguing matchup Friday when the Cougars travel to top-seed San Pedro (11-0), who beat Gardena 49-7.

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“They’re a well coached team,” said Garrett. “We got our work cut out (for us).”
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