Los Angeles Preps: Lucas Alfonso

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

October, 15, 2011

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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No. 25 Chaminade 36, No. 20 N.D. 32

October, 7, 2011

WEST HILLS -- They will remember this one for a while.

Chaminade did seemingly everything in its power to blow what appeared to be an insurmountable lead at halftime Friday night against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Questionable play calling. Countless mistakes on special teams. Unnecessary timeouts. You name it and the Eagles somehow, someway, committed the wrong doing.

In the end, however, Chaminade managed to figure things out.

Scoring a pair of touchdowns with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter certainly helped out matters. And turning away one last-gasp effort by the visiting Knights as time expired enabled Chaminade to escape with a 36-32 nonleague victory

“There is no quit in this team, no way'' Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. “We gave Notre Dame plenty of chances to win this game. We almost self-destructed. We knew it was going to be a fight though and we weren't going to back down. This was a big, big win.''

Indeed it was a big win for Chaminade (4-1), ranked No. 25 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings. Notre Dame (5-1) figures to fall from its No. 20 spot next week.

Chaminade's Logan Scott scored on a nine-yard touchdown to cut the Notre Dame lead to 32-29 with 1:56 left. And when Cory Harris and Isaiah Bernard recovered the subsequent onside kick, the Eagles were in business near midfield.

Chaminade handed the ball over to its workhorse, Terrell Newby, the rest of the way. He scored on a one-yard run with 15 seconds left for the game's final margin. All told, the 5-foot-10 junior had 141 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“We never gave up hope in this one,'' Newby said. “This team has a lot of spirit, a lot of fight in it, and I think we proved that to everyone out there tonight.''

Notre Dame trailed 21-3 at intermission.

Lucas Alfonso kicked a 25-yard field goal, Kelly Hilinski scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Khalfani Muhammad found the end zone on a seven-yard run of his own to give Notre Dame its first lead of the game, 25-21, with 7:17 left.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

September, 12, 2011
  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.