ARTICLE & VIDEO BY TYLER HENDRICKSON
Compton improved to 3-0 for the first time in a decade on Friday night, going on the road to defeat Dominguez (1-2), 42-26. It’s the Tarbabes’ first win over the Dons since 2008, and gives Compton High the unofficial title of Compton City Champions thanks to their 41-0 win over Compton Centennial in the season opener.
The Compton rushing attack totaled 443 yards on 51 carries and all four players to record a carry for the Tarbabes found the end zone. Jaheim Hunt ran nine times for 183 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Niles Hibbert also surpassed the century mark, totaling 134 yards on 18 carries with a score while adding a 39-yard touchdown grab to open the scoring.
“I’m just excited that our guys were able to come out and run on all cylinders,” said Compton head coach Calvin Bryant. “All our backs ran the ball well tonight and we just wanted to make sure that we protected the football and show that we could be physical upfront.”
The Tarbabes led the entire game, starting with the touchdown strike from quarterback Jesse Brew to Hibbert with under a minute left in the opening quarter. Terrence Pratt (13 carries, 74 yards, TD) followed that up with an 11-yard touchdown on the next drive to make it 16-0 Compton.
Sean Harlston got Dominguez on the board immediately, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to pull the Dons within 10. Compton went back to the ground game and Hibbert’s 21-yard touchdown scamper made it a 22-6 advantage.
After leading 22-12 at the half, Compton was able to score the first two touchdowns in the third quarter to take its largest lead at 36-12. After a Hibbert interception, Hunt with 82 yards to pay dirt on the very next play. Less than three minutes later, Brew recorded his second touchdown toss of the day as Maepu Sao went up and over his defender in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown.
Brew only completed two of his four pass attempts on the night, but both completions went for touchdowns. He also added 52 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Compton will look to move to 4-0 in non-league action as they host Gardena at 7 p.m. next Friday while Dominguez will visit Palm Desert.