Distractions Only Concern

first_imgMARINE LEAGUE: Carson has terrific talent returning, but star QB is suspended. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER On paper, Carson might be the best returning team in the South Bay. Carson was one win away from the L.A. City Section final last season, and Coach Mike Christensen is the envy of many in the area with a gargantuan collection of returning talent. Yet being the marked team has its downside because every situation is more magnified. The cause for concern has been quarterback Dominique Blackman, who has committed to the University of Washington but has been suspended indefinitely from the team for what Christensen said were violations of multiple team rules. “It was just stupid stuff,” Christensen said. “It’s stuff that happens to young people when they make poor choices. Hopefully he’s learned his lesson. He’s learning every day.” For as much as Blackman is a question mark, the Colts have plenty of exclamation points in running back Jack Sula, tight end Morrell Presley and offensive lineman Matthew Hunt. “We’re stacked,” Hunt said. The difference between being a good team and a great team might fall on Blackman, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound talent with tremendous raw skills. Blackman said he has received offers from Ohio State, Florida State and Tennessee after committing to Washington in June. Blackman said his parents, Pauline Moses and Tony Green, his cousin Larry Patterson and counselor Allison Manumaleuna have provided support during a tumultuous summer. “I made a couple of mistakes,” said Blackman, who has a 3.6 GPA. “It was about being around the wrong people. It was being where I shouldn’t have been and not where I should’ve been. I’m trying to learn from the situation and trying to be a better person. “The coaches told me it comes down to making good decisions, being a good teammate and being consistent on the field, especially at practice.” Blackman is still practicing with the team, but sophomore backup quarterback Daniel Torres is getting plenty of reps and will start Friday night against Grandview, Colo. “I took it pretty hard at first,” Presley said. “It took a minute to get over the situation. It’s going to hurt us not having him out there, but we’re going to do the best we can until he comes back. He has to show he wants to be on this team.” Christensen said the hard part for Blackman will be when the games start. But the team has already tried to start the healing process. “We were all angry at him at first,” Sula said. “But Dominique knows what he did wrong. He apologized to the whole team, and we forgave him. We just have to help him right now.” Sula has been offered a scholarship at linebacker by San Diego State and by six other schools at running back. Christensen said Sula may not be the fastest or strongest running back in Southern California, but that he’s the most complete. Sula rushed for 1,834 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Presley has committed to USC as a junior. Hunt is a brute on the line. And the Colts are loaded athletically at virtually every position. “(Blackman) is a real big part of this team, but without him, we still feel we have a lot of weapons,” Sula said. “The Marine League should be automatic for us because we feel we’ve gotten better from last year. We’re shooting for a City title.” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img