Chaminade quarterback Logan Scott looks to pass during Friday's game against Cathedral.
WEST HILLS -- Not many observers could have imagined the Chaminade High football team would still be undefeated at this stage of the season. But low and behold, the Eagles are, fully equipped with an unblemished record to boot.
Chaminade dominated visiting Los Angeles Cathedral from start to finish on Friday night. The end result was 30-6 Mission Legue victory, but perhaps more important, the win sets up a showdown with Gardena Serra next week in a game where the league title could very well be decided and the mettle of the Eagles will surely be tested.
"We've had a great season, but it's far from over, far, far from over,'' Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. "Everyone around here knows what's on the horizon, but we couldn't beat Cathedral if we were worried about Serra. We were focused on the task at hand this week, no talk about Serra, no film on Serra. The only thing on our mind was Cathedral. Tomorrow we'll worry about Serra.''
Chaminade (8-0, 3-0) made its first appearance of the season in ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Top 25 rankings this week, coming in at No. 25. And after Friday's effort against the Phantoms (5-3, 1-2), one in which they didn't overlook the opponent, it appears as if the selection was worthy.
"We'll celebrate this win tonight, and be happy about being undefeated, but then it's time to go to work getting ready for Serra in the morning,'' Chaminade's Terrell Newby said. "We'll be focused and ready next week for the biggest game of the season.''
Cathedral narrowly avoided the shutout when Hayden Rettig found Ryan Longoria on 35-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 left. The damage, however, had already been done as Chaminade built what proved to be an insurmountable 30-0 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles' Matt Goudis didn't have the best night kicking the ball. He missed on his first two field-goal attempts, a 35-yarder in the first half and a 45-yarder to open up the second half. The senior did redeem himself though when he booted a 52-yarder to give Chaminade a 30-0 lead with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
Cathedral struggled moving the ball throughout the first half. And never was that more apparent than during the second quarter when Zachary Green struggled for extra yards only to fumble. Cory Harris recovered the miscue at the Phantoms' 32-yard line. Two plays later, Newby dove in on a 2-yard touchdown run. With 8:58 on the second quarter clock, Chaminade was in control, 27-0.
It didn’t appear as if Chaminade was satisfied with its 14-point lead in the second quarter. Accordingly, Goudis faked a punt and ran the ball to the Cathedral 32-yard line for a first down. Minutes later, Newby scored on a 4-yard run and the Phantoms trailed 20-0 with 10:52 remaining before the break.
The Phantoms had no absolutely no answer for the running game in the first quarter, and accordingly, the Eagles kept feeding the ball to Newby and Devon Lee. Newby ended up capping off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give Chaminade a 14-0 advantage with 3:21 left in the first quarter.
Early on, it appeared as if the Eagles were determined to help Cathedral move the ball downfield as a pair of penalties resulted in two first downs for the Phantoms on their first drive of the game. Minutes later, the Chaminade defense came up with a big play to atone for the earlier mistakes.
First, the Eagles threw Green for an 8-yard loss in the backfield to set up a third and long from the Phantoms 30-yard line. On the subsequent play, Tanner Reibenspies stepped in front of a Rettig pass and returned the ball 55 yards for a touchdown. Following the two-point conversion, Chaminade jumped out to a 8-0 advantage with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Logan Scott did a good job of directing the offense for the Eagles. The junior quarterback finished 10 of 17 for 117 yards. Josh Yeager was his favorite target. The senior wideout ended up with four catches for 57 yards. Newby had 79 yards on 17 carries. Lee added 25 yards on four carries.
"We're pumped for the Serra game, we've had that game circled on our calendar for a while now,'' Logan said.