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Crespi Carmelite (11-3, 2005 Division X Champions) @ Birmingham (6-6, went 2 rounds in the City Playoffs) 7:30pm


Crespi Head Coach: Jeremiah Ross
Birmingham Head Coach: Ed Croson


These two teams played each other last year with Birmingham pulling out an extremely close 28-27 win at the very end of the game.  Birmingham's record is deceiving as they had a very tough schedule last year (like this year) but they had a young team that needed some experience. 


Crespi on the other hand had one of its best teams in recent years with several High impact seniors.  Crespi had graduations of, Sione Fua (Division I, Stanford, OL DL and 5 sacks), Matt Wabby, QB (2526 Passing yards, Division III, Redlands), Josh Morgan, RB (1499 yards and scoring leader), Cary Jenson Madison WR (612 yards, 20 yd avg) and leading tackler LB, Chris Aragon (121 tackles, 6 sks).  These were all outstanding players for Crespi in 2005.


However, this year's game will be an interesting watch because Birmingham's young team has matured.  This year's team returns the game breaker from this game last year, Milton Knox RB, 5-8 200 pounds of pure football player.  Milton, the scoring leader was 23/1606 with 26 Tds, along with 21 catches for 336 yards and 3 Tds for this Junior Division I prospect.  He was #1 on the team in all purpose yards with 178 per game.  He has to be game planned for so Coach Ross has his hands full.  Milton is complemented by 6-4 180 pd. Senior QB James Beloff, who has another year of experience, to lead this team.  Last year, Beloff, was 100/228 (44%) for 1781 yards with 10 Tds and 10 Picks.  His off season work has him ready for this year tough opening match up.  Birmingham also returns Willie Chandler, WR & DB, a dangerous Kick Return threat with 564 yards of returns, helping him to #2 in all purpose yards.  Chandler was also the #3 receiving threat last year.  The line should give Beloff some time with an average of 255 pds of seniors.  The addition of 6'2", 222 pd, Chaminade transfer, Donovan Carter, will be a significant addition at LB.  Donovan carries heavyweight impact on ball carriers.


Crespi, now is the young team that is lead by pure football talent DJ Holt.  DJ a senior this year is 6'2" 235 pds of man.  He plays WR and is a tough cover, as is shown by his 48 receptions for 840 yards (17.5 yard average), DJ was #1 receiver, #1 sacks (12), #2 in scoring (105 points) and he ran 28 times for 236 yards and 5 tds.  Defensively he had 72 tackles, 2 Ints and 3 Fumble Recoveries while playing out of the DE spot.  The rest of the team is young but very, very fast.  The new QB is 6'0" 180 pound Junior Kevin Prince.  Prince was 11/15/112 yards and a TD for 2005.  For the time that Prince played, he made good decisions as is shown by his 73% completions.  We will know more about him 9-1-06 at 9:30 pm.  Speedster, 5'7" 145 pd, RB Austin Shanks will get his chance this year.  As a backup to Morgan, he ran 35 times for 420 yards (12 yd avg) and 8 tds.  Austin is also a very smart & athletic CB that teams with 6'1" 165 pound Darren Brown another athletic corner.  Crespi will bring back two gutsy receivers in 6'2", 195pd Brandon Ibarra, who is also the teams excellent kicker (6 FGs last year).  Brandon has 11 catches for 193 yards last year and teams with 6'0" 165 pound, Matt Gray at WR who had 21 catches for 226 yards and 2 tds in2005.  They will be joined by a sophomore, very tall and sure handed TE (Crespi's Current roster was not available at the time of this writing).  So Crespi can be very dangerous through the air with the skill players they have.  Crespi's line is not as strong this year with the loss of 6'2" 300pd. Fua & 6'0" 250pd. Jeremiah Tupuola, so it will be interesting to see how they get their skill players into space.


This should be an exciting game with two extremely well coached teams and players full of heart, that refuse to lose.  Crespi has moved to Division 1 this year and needs to step up its game.  Birmingham has it own very tough season ahead and has a thing or two to prove.  I will be there and we will get you the results as soon as the game ends.


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