Los Angeles Preps: Isaiah Hastings

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 17, 2011
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Eastside(4-6) vs. No. 2 Westlake (10-0), Friday (7 p.m.)
The top-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs eases into postseason with a first-round game against Eastside, the fourth-place team from the Golden League. The Lions have lost three games in a row. They don’t run the ball well -- the Lions' leading rusher is Kevin Teate with 691 yards and two touchdowns. They don’t pass the ball well, averaging a notch over 31 yards per game. They don’t score many points, averaging 16.6 points and were shut out in three of their last five games. Westlake is undefeated, averaging 45.5 points and coming off a 35-14 win over St. Bonaventure, the No. 11 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings.

Mira Costa (4-6) vs. No. 9 Oaks Christian (8-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion and the second-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, opens against the third-place team from the Bay League. Mira Costa is another team that hasn’t scored much, only 17.7 points per game, and lost its league finale, 21-7, against Redondo Union. Oaks Christian stumbled a bit into the playoffs, playing two close games in the final three weeks of the Marmonte League season. Both of Oaks Christian’s running backs, Carlos Mendoza and Ishmael Adams, were nicked up in the final weeks of the season. Still the Lions are averaging 35.3 points and should be in good position to make another run at a CIF championship.

No. 11 St. Bonaventure (8-2) vs. Redondo Union (5-5), Friday ( 7:30 p.m.)
The Sea Hawks finished in second place in the Bay League and won four of the last five games of the season. Two of their toughest games were a 21-0 loss to Gardena Serra in Week 2 and a 33-13 loss to Orange Lutheran in Week 5. St. Bonaventure, the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division playoffs, has been ranked higher than Serra and OLu all season in the ESPNLA rankings. The Seraphs might be playing with some chips on their shoulders, too. Coach Todd Therrien was definitely not happy with the way his team lost to Westlake in the Marmonte League finale. Don’t get him started on how his team lost to Oaks Christian.

Inglewood (5-5) vs. No. 24 Chaminade (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said his players were “disheartened” after losing to Gardena Serra in the Mission League finale and, as a result, dropping from the No. 1 to No. 3 seed in the Western Division playoffs. The Eagles run the ball well and can score against any team. Running back Terrell Newby has 1,533 yards and 24 touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Scott is efficient, passing for 1,490 yards and 11 touchdowns at a 65 percent completion rate. The wild card in the Chaminade offense is speedster wideout Elijah Dunston. He caught 34 passes for 412 yards and a team-high five touchdowns among the receivers. Inglewood, the second-place team from the Ocean League, has won four games in a row. The Sentinels also lost five of their first six games. Two of those losses were to Palos Verdes and Mira Costa, the top two teams from the Bay League. It could be a long night for Inglewood.

Birmingham (8-2) vs. Arleta (9-1), Friday (7 p.m.)
Birmingham is the No. 6 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and takes on Arleta in the first round. It is East Valley vs. West Valley. Birmingham was the surprise champion of the West Valley League after upsetting El Camino Real in the second to last game of the season. Arleta won the East Valley League championship with an undefeated record. The only loss for the Mustangs was against Chatsworth, 28-12, in the second week of the season. It was also be a matchup of two of the best running backs in the San Fernando Valley. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman is one touchdown away from setting the City Section for touchdowns in a season. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings has outplayed the top tailbacks in the West Valley League all season.

Cresnshaw (5-4) vs. El Camino Real (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
El Camino Real opens the City Section Division I playoffs against the reigning champs. This is a winnable game for El Camino. Crenshaw is the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. El Camino is No. 9 and home for the playoff opener. The Conquistadores won four of their last five games but stumbled a bit into the playoffs. They lost to Birmingham and, as a result, lost the West Valley League championship. In the West Valley League finale, they narrowly beat Granada Hills, 35-34, and had to erase a 20-point halftime deficit. Crenshaw finished in third place in the Coliseum League and lost its last two games of the season.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 17, 2011
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  1. Even though Sherman Oaks Notre Dame lost its Serra League opener, 28-26, to Crespi, the Knights can look to some positives from the game. First off, Notre Dame outgained Crespi in total offense, 212 yards to 164 yards. Neither team was able to move the ball much on offense, but Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad made his presence felt. He rushed for 92 yards in 26 carries but didn’t find the end zone. Secondly, Notre Dame picked off two passes and turned them into touchdowns. Kevin Carrasco’s interception return in the second quarter gave Notre Dame a 10-point lead, 17-7. Nick Holland’s pick six in the fourth quarter put Notre Dame up 24-21. Finally, Notre Dame’s Sam Robinson matched Crespi’s Chris Harper for most acrobatic touchdown catch of the game. Robinson made a diving catch for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7, in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Notre Dame doesn’t win games with style points. Now, the Knights find themselves in a must-win situation against Loyola on Friday night at L.A. Valley College. Notre Dame needs a win to get back in the Serra League championship hunt. Loyola is playing its Serra League opener after having a bye last week. It will be another tough one for Notre Dame. Crespi, meanwhile, plays Bishop Amat, which lost its Serra League opener to Alemany.
  2. Two school passing records were broken over the weekend. Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal set the school mark for career touchdown passes in the Foothill League opener against Saugus. Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins broke the school record for passing yards in a game in a 50-0 shutout against Royal. Jerozal threw three touchdown passes in his team’s 51-28 win over Saugus. He has 62 career touchdown passes and broke the record set by Nate Longshore, who went on to play at Cal. Dawkins passed for 387 yards against Royal and broke the record set by Jimmy Clausen, who passed for 367 yards against Santa Paula in 2006, and went on to play in college at Tennessee. It might be the first of many school records for Dawkins, who is only a sophomore.
  3. Some of the biggest rushing games on Friday night came out of the City Section. Kawan Rally from El Camino Real rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Woodland Hills Taft. It wasn’t only a huge night for Rally, but for the El Camino Real program. The Conquistadores beat Taft for the first time since 1991. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Chatsworth. Both his touchdowns came in the second half, one on an 86-yard run in the third quarter. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman didn’t have eye-popping numbers on the ground, but he scored four touchdowns in his team’s 49-6 win over Poly. He scored two rushing touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass for a touchdown. Coleman gained 91 yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 75 yards. Brian Sanchez from Granada Hills rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team’s 38-13 win over Cleveland of Reseda.
  4. Another game, another rushing record for Zander Anding from Burroughs of Burbank. He rushed for 394 yards and scored six touchdowns in his team’s 70-34 win over Glendale. It was Anding’s third 300-yard rushing game in a row and the third time he has broken his own school record for rushing yards in a game. He scored on runs of 39, 75, 5, 47 and 41 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Way out in the high desert, Quartz Hill’s Osirus Burke rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 27-21 win over Palmdale. Burke scored on runs of 6, 1, 13 and 11 yards.
  5. Pasadena Poly won the Oxnard water polo tournament, beating Rio Mesa, 15-7, in the championship match. Rio Mesa reached the final of the Oxnard tournament for the third year in a row. The Spartans won the tournament in 2009 by beating Pasadena Poly. Rio Mesa lost to Crescenta Valley in last year’s championship match. Rio Mesa beat Malibu, 13-9, in the semifinals. Rio Mesa’s Joe Yamamoto scored five goals against Malibu and had four goals in the championship match against Pasadena Poly.

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