Niles Hibbert
Compton Football

Football: Compton Tops Santa Monica, Improves To 2-0

It’s been eight years since the Compton football team started 2-0, but that’s the position the Tarbabes find themselves in after an impressive 13-6 win over Santa Monica.

“It’s been a long time, man,” said Compton coach Calvin Bryant. “We’re feeling good, it’s great to be 2-0. Now we just want to focus on some things we’re not as good at.”

The Tarbabes had a pair of touchdowns called back but got 122 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown from Niles Hibbert, who also contributed on defense with a pass deflection and a fumble recovery. Terrence Pratt had 55 yards rushing and Jesse Brew threw for the other touchdown. The only score Compton gave up was on a fumble with 20 seconds left in the half that Santa Monica scooped and scored.

The win sets up a huge showdown for the Tarbabes with their historic city rivals, Dominguez. First, though, Compton has a bye week, which Bryant says is needed.

“We’ve got a few guys banged up so we can use the week off,” he said. “Every week gets tougher, we just want to continue to focus on doing things better and better.”

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.