Los Angeles Preps: Kevin Carrasco

No. 12 Alemany 21, Notre Dame 14

November, 11, 2011
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SHERMAN OAKS -- There were plenty of doubters two years ago when Alemany left the Mission League to go into the Serra League to join a foursome of schools -- Bishop Amat, Crespi, Loyola and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame -- that are all among the best in Southern California over the last 20 seasons.

Fast forward to Friday night at Notre Dame where Alemany completed its second straight 4-0 season against those four schools with a 21-14 victory over the host Knights.

“Everyone told me that after we finished in last-place for a few years that we’d be sorry we left the Mission League,” said Alemany coach Dean Herrington. “We weren’t as dominant this year as last year and were very fortunate to come out on top in all of them. All of them could have gone the other way and we were behind in three of the four games this season.”

The Warriors, who snagged the No. 1 playoff berth from the Serra League for the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs, did not trail against Notre Dame. They did have to break a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter, however, and took the lead on a 1-yard sneak by junior quarterback Devon Dunn with 4:57 left.

The Knights, who tied the score earlier in the fourth quarter when junior quarterback Kelly Hilinski found a wide open Kevin Carrasco for a 68-yard touchdown, tried to answer. They reached the Alemany 17-yard line with 1:04 left on a fourth-down 19-yard completion from Hilinski to J.J. Muno. A sack by Alemany sophomore Deyon Glass pushed Notre Dame back eight yards and then two incompletions forced another fourth down. On that play, Hilinski was sacked again, this time by Glass and Pablo Torres.

With the loss, Notre Dame fell into a three-way tie for third-place in the final Serra League standings with Crespi and Bishop Amat. Since the league gets only two playoff berths into the Pac-5 Division, that forced a coin flip to decide it. Notre Dame lost the flip, which meant that Bishop Amat will go as the third team due to having a 28-14 head-to-head victory over Crespi.

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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.

No. 16 Crespi 28, No. 24 Notre Dame 26

October, 15, 2011
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ENCINO -- An hour after the football game between Encino Crespi and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Celts coach Jon Mack was asked to sum up his team’s performance.

“I still haven’t recovered,” Mack said.

The Crespi players gave their coach and their fans several heart-stopping moments in their 28-26 win over Notre Dame in the Serra League opener for both teams Friday night.

Crespi scored touchdowns on a kickoff return and a blocked field-goal attempt. Notre Dame returned two interceptions for touchdowns and scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter.

In the end though, Crespi came up with three huge plays on special teams and escaped with a narrow victory over its Serra League and San Fernando Valley rival.

“Special teams helped keep us alive in the first half,” Mack said. “We found a way in the end.”

Crespi’s Nate Walker returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and gave the Celts an early 7-0 lead.

But Notre Dame battled back scoring two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the second quarter. Sam Robinson caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Kelly Hilinski to tie the score, 7-7, with 3:58 to play in the first half.

Kevin Carrasco gave Notre Dame a 10-point lead when he intercepted a pass from Crespi quarterback Cody Cordell and returned in 30 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left in the first half.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

September, 12, 2011
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  1. Chaminade running back Terrell Newby shouldered the load in his team’s 41-21 win over Venice on Friday night. He scored five touchdowns and rushed for 269 yards. But Newby wasn’t the only star of the night for Chaminade. Senior running back Devon Lee rushed for 80 yards in 11 carries. His little brother, sophomore defensive back Donovan Lee, intercepted two passes. Junior wide receiver Elijah Dunston hauled in a 30-yard touchdown catch. Junior receiver Kevin Lewallyn caught five passes for 41 yards. Senior quarterback Logan Scott didn’t have a great night passing, going 12-for-16 for 132 yards, but he completed passes to six different receivers. He was able to mix it up well and keep a number of receivers involved in the game. He also rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries.
  2. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman had a game for the ages against Marshall. He scored six touchdowns, and the Mustangs needed every one of them in a 56-42 win. He also amassed 456 all-purpose yards. Coleman scored three rushing touchdowns, caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown. With his team down 42-41 with a little under two minutes to play, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 49-42 lead. He scored Arleta’s final touchdown to give his team the two-touchdown margin of victory.
  3. After an impressive 35-13 opening night win over Gardena Serra, the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame football team needed overtime and a fumble recovery to win its second game of the season, 17-14, over Valencia. Valencia shut out Notre Dame for three quarters and nearly five minutes into the fourth quarter. Kevin Carrasco caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to bring Notre Dame to within two points, 14-12, with 3:50 to play. The Knights successfully completed a two-point conversion to tie the score and send it into overtime. Sophomore Lucas Alfonso made a 40-yard field goal to give Notre Dame a three-point lead in the first overtime period. Valencia’s first overtime possession ended after one play. Jay Jay Wilson caught an 18-yard pass but was stripped at the 10-yard line. Dominick Mugavero recovered the fumble for Notre Dame and ended the game.
  4. The Saugus girls' cross country team hasn’t raced in the Kiwanis Seaside Invitational in Ventura for two years. The girls returned for the 22nd annual race and won the junior and senior events. The Frankian sisters, Karis and Abigail, won their races. Karis Frankian won the senior race in 17 minutes, 6.82 seconds over the 3-mile course. It was the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She also won the freshman race at the Seaside Invitational three years ago. Abigail Frankian won the sophomore race. Valencia’s Maddie Dignadice won the junior race in 17:43.90. La Reina’s Ariana Brajkovich won the freshman race in 19:23.
  5. The Oaks Christian girls' volleyball team won the gold division of the San Luis Obispo tournament, downing Saugus, 25-22, in the championship match. Oaks Christian’s Nicole Leonard earned the most valuable player award in the 32-team tournament. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the University girls volleyball tournament in Irvine. The Knights beat Beckman, 25-22, 26-24, in the championship match. Emily Moss and Callan Kinnan were all-tournament selections for Notre Dame. Viewpoint won the Laguna Blanca girls volleyball tournament for the second year in a row. The Patriots beat Grace Brethren, 25-23, in the championship match. Elizabeth Sheffield was the tournament MVP for Viewpoint.

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