Kickoff for Torrance High Football


Jake Iovine

School is back, and so is football season for Torrance High School. After a greatly improved season in 2021–where Torrance went 8-4 overall–the Tartars are back on the field to try to build on last year’s progress. 

Led by head coach Raymond Carter–who is entering his third season as coach–the Tartars have their minds set on every Friday and to not get ahead of themselves. 

“The goal is to take it one game at a time.” Coach Carter said. “Our schedule is more difficult this year than last year, so we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

The Tartars have started the 2022 Fall season with a win and a pair of losses. After a tough loss to Narbonne in their opening match, Coach Carter’s team bounced back the following Friday with a 47-0 thrashing over Hawthorne. The following weekend saw the Tartars lose away to Redondo Union 17-3, then at home against San Pedro by three points, followed by a 20-0 defeat to Garden Grove.

In past years, Torrance has had difficulty on the football field. However, things are beginning to change now as the Tartars are looking to change the narrative that surrounds them, especially as the group continues to grow.

“I would say maturity.” Coach Carter explained when asked about what’s different this year than previous years. “We are dealing with guys who’ve been a big part of the program but are now first year starters, so they’re gaining that starting experience.”

On the training grounds, the Tartars have been working ever since summer began and are now ready to take off this fall. 

“This year, like every year, we demand what we want out of our kids, we don’t let up and pretty much get what we want from them at the end of the day.” Coach Carter said. “We try to practice in a way where our players become good practice players, because at the end of the day what they put in practice shows up on gameday’s.”

Since Coach Carter took over the football program two years ago, Torrance has been constantly looking for ways to improve themselves, both mentality with maturity, but also from a physicality standpoint. 

“I think we are a bit more dynamic this year. We got guys who can do it all, and I think our team is more physical this year. Our teams have always been physical, but we fly around more and I think we have that mentality to be able to be a dominant team on both sides of the ball.”

The Tartars are now shifting gears and focusing on every Friday’s matchup. Their first official league match is scheduled for Friday, September 30th at Zamperini Stadium against Lawndale. We are hoping for a positive and even better season from our Torrance High School Tartars.