Los Angeles Preps: Kellu Hilinski

Football: S.O. Notre Dame 35, No. 25 Gardena Serra 13

September, 2, 2011
GARDENA, Calif -- Khalfani Muhammad from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame might not be the most high-profile prep football prospect in the Southland. The perception about him could, however, be on the verge of changing. Sooner, rather than later, mind you.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior gained 186 all-purpose yards and scored a pair of touchdowns Friday night to guide the visiting Knights to a rather impressive 35-13 upset victory over Gardena Serra, which was No. 25 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com preseason rankings.

“I went out there and did my thing, my coach handed me the ball and I made some plays,'' Muhammad said. “My teammates had my back and I had their backs. That's just the way things work around here. We got the job done and had fun doing it. What a win for us.''

Muhammad has been contacted by a number of different Division I schools but does not have any official scholarship offers as of yet. Once word starts to spread about his latest effort, it's possible things will begin to change.

He gained 162 yards on the ground in 22 carries.

“We ran the ball down their throats tonight, Khalfani did a great job, he was able to do whatever he wanted out there,'' Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinksi said.

Serra (0-1) struggled to move the ball with consistency. The Cavaliers played a majority of the game without their star, Raymond Ford. The UCLA-bound senior strained his right foot in the second quarter and did not return.

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