A.V. star ready to return to lineup

first_imgAntelope Valley High running back Andre Crenshaw is expected to be back in the starting lineup Friday when the Golden League-leading Antelopes play at second-place Lancaster. Crenshaw has missed two games with a calf injury, but he said he’ll be ready to go as Antelope Valley aims to avenge two straight losses to the Eagles. “We were just being real careful,” said Crenshaw, who has been offered scholarships by UCLA, Oregon State and Washington. “It was real tight in the Loyola game and the Palmdale game, and it swelled up real bad after that. “I’m good to go now.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Crenshaw said he could have played in the Antelopes’ past two games, against Highland and Quartz Hill, but his history of nagging injuries convinced him to rest. Crenshaw was hampered much of last season by a high ankle sprain, limiting his speed and lateral movement. “You can only do so much with an ankle injury – it was really painful,” he said. “Everybody would always say, ‘Andre, you don’t look like yourself. Your cuts aren’t as good.’ So that’s why this year I felt like if I would take these two games off, I would give it time to heal up.” He found it difficult to stand idly by when neither game was decided until the end. A.V. beat Highland 28-20 and had to dodge a Quartz Hill rally in a 14-9 victory. “Coach had to take my helmet away at the end of the game,” Crenshaw said. “If they scored on that last drive, I was going to go into the game. “I was pacing up and down the sidelines all second half. But I had faith in my teammates that they’d get it done.” Book those seats together: Perhaps it’s just coincidence, but the recruiting lists of four of Antelope Valley High’s top college prospects look very similar. Crenshaw, defensive back D’Andre Goodwin, linebacker Allan Mohan and wide receiver/defensive end Randy Burton are considering the same schools: UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan State, Fresno State and Boise State. “Me, Allan, Randy and D’Andre will probably be taking a lot of trips together,” Crenshaw said. “Me and Allan might take a trip to Oregon State together. D’Andre and I might go to Michigan State together. And D’Andre, C.J. Gable (Sylmar High) and John Austin (Sylmar High) have been talking about going to Arizona together.” Recruiters wonder if they’ll make their college decisions together. “No,” Crenshaw said. “We might talk about different trips with each other, but we’re each going to make our own decision.” Haunting past: Much was made about Marc Tyler and Tommy Grillo – Oaks Christian of Westlake Village players who live in Lancaster but play for the Lions – facing their childhood friends last Friday when Palmdale played at Oaks Christian. There were two other important reunions Friday night that played to mixed results. Former Lancaster High head coach Troy Jackson returned to Lou Bozigan Field as Highland defensive coordinator and helped engineer one of the biggest upsets in the Golden League this year, the Bulldogs’ 28-27 victory over Lancaster. At Littlerock High, former Lobos coach Jim Bauer returned to the sidelines as Knight head coach, but he didn’t have as positive a result. Littlerock won 50-3. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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