Saturday's junior college football battle between Long Beach City and El Camino College at Veteran's Stadium in Long Beach may be the next best chance at a battle that will seem like a San Pedro vs. Mary Star battle considering the starting quarterbacks of both schools is a Pirate alumni, and a Star alumni.
Freshman Kenny Potter, the 2011 CIF-Los Angeles City Section Co-Offensive MVP who led San Pedro to a 12-1 record and a perfect regular season in his senior year, will pace Long Beach City, while sophomore Cole Webb, a former Mary Star standout who led the Stars to the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in 2010, will pace El Camino, who has recently broke into the first California Community College Regional State Football Poll as the No. 9 team in the Southern California National Division.
Webb will also have former San Pedro linebacker stud in sophomore Kris Bass on his side. Bass, who as a sophomore in high school helped the Pirates win a share of the 2008 CIF-Los Angeles City Section championship with rival Narbonne of Harbor City, leads the Warriors with 28 tackles, 16 solo, and three tackles for loss with an interception.
Bass was also the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Co-Defensive MVP in 2010, his senior season. Sophomore fullback Dominic Tedesco, another Mary Star alumni, along with two more Pirate alumni in Raul Torres and Gregory Thomas III play for Long Beach City.
Yet, no doubt, the focus will be on the play of the two quarterbacks, who are both dual-threats.
Potter has completed 45-of-76 passes for 683 yards, 8 touchdowns and no interceptions for the Vikings, while also rushing for 114 yards on 32 carries and 4 touchdowns for Long Beach City (2-1), who is coming off a 46-16 drubbing of Orange Coast which ended the Vikings' 16-game losing streak. Originally, Potter was at Los Angeles Harbor College last season, but gray-shirted due to suffering a volleyball injury over the summer.
Potter accounted for 40 touchdowns (27 passing, 13 rushing) in his senior year at San Pedro High, a record for one season by one player.
Meanwhile, Webb, who was the backup to Omar Herrera in 2011, was primed to start at El Camino in 2012, but an injury forced him to redshirt, and the Warriors went 3-7, which is uncommon for a traditional power in the JC level.
Not much has unnerved Webb this season, and so far, El Camino is 2-1 after destroying Pasadena, 43-7 last week.
So far on the year, Webb, a three-year starter at Mary Star, has completed 58-of-91 passes for 808 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while also rushing for 104 yards on 13 carries for El Camino.
After the season is over, Webb plans on transferring to either UCLA or California (Berkley) to work on his undergraduate degree before attending law school. Potter, who runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and also starred in basketball and volleyball at San Pedro, is planning on playing for a four-year university in the long run.
Saturday, 6pm, Long Beach Veterans Stadium... expect a duel for the ages.
It's not San Pedro vs. Mary Star, but it will be pretty close to it.