Notre Dame at Crespi - TONIGHT

Notre Dame Knights (Sherman Oaks, CA), League Serra #1 and #1 in the Pac 5 Division @ Crespi Celts (Encino, CA), League Serra #1. Kickoff: November 10, 2006 7:30 PM

Notre Dame Knights (Sherman Oaks, CA), League Serra #1 and #1 in the Pac 5 Division @ Crespi Celts (Encino, CA), League Serra #1. 

Kickoff: November 10, 2006 7:30 PM


Head Coaches:

Notre Dame: Kevin Rooney

Crespi: Jeremiah Ross


Notre Dame is currently 9-0 having played Canyon (Canyon Country, CA) W 18-17, Lynwood (CA) W 38-6, Birmingham (Lake Balboa, CA) W 31-12, Saugus (CA) W 56-33, Valencia (CA) W 24-21, Alemany (Mission Hills, CA) W 41-7, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, CA) W 59-7, along with league games with Loyola (Los Angeles, CA) W 42-6 & Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) W 49-0,  


The Notre Dame defense allows an excellent 12.1 points per game, while the offense scores very well at 39.7 points per game.  They have 300 runs for 2467 yards (8.22 avg.) 28 TD's & 63 pass completions in 122 attempts (51.6%) for 1157 yards 4 Int's 21 TD's.  Offensively they are a run team, however they have the ability and personnel to throw the football.


By comparison, last year Notre Dame was 13-1 while playing in Division 3 Mission League.  The one loss came in the D3 Finals, after winning the Mission League, to Dominguez (Compton, CA) 41-14.  The other teams played in the playoffs were Lynwood (CA) W 49-24, Muir (Pasadena, CA) W 35-10, and St. Francis (La Canada, CA) W 28-0.  This year they moved up to the equivalent of the much tougher Division 1 and is now playing Crespi for the Serra League Title. 


These two teams have a long time serious rivalry, however they have not played since 2003.


Crespi is currently 6-3 having played Birmingham (Lake Balboa, CA) W 24-16, Palmdale (CA) W 32-0, Centennial (Corona, CA) L 27-29, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, CA) L 14-40, Canyon (Canyon Country, CA) L 35-38, Chaminade (West Hills, CA) W 15-7, St. Francis (La Canada, CA) W 31-17 and league games with Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) W 35-14 and Loyola (Los Angeles, CA) W 34-7. 


Their defense allows 18.6 points per game, while the offense scores 27.4 points.  Crespi has 247 runs for 1350 yards (5.47 avg.) 15 TD's & 92 pass completions in 163 attempts (56.4%) for 1141 yards 4 Int 11 TD's.  On Offense they lean slightly towards the run, but have the offensive weapons to throw the ball. 


Here is the contrast last year Crespi was 11-3 and was Division 10 Champions having played Monrovia (CA) W 32-12, North (Torrance, CA) W 20-14, Cabrillo (Lompoc, CA) W 54-39 and Lompoc (CA) W 24-14 in the Stat Playoffs.  In 2006 Crespi moved up to the equivalent of Division 1 and in playing Notre Dame for the Serra League Title.


Playmakers to Watch:

Notre Dame


  • 6'5" 224 Junior QB Dayne Crist was injured for part of the year and has come back strong with 31 completions in 59 attempts (52.5 avg.) for 656 yards 2 Int's 12 TD's.  Last year, as a backup to Garrett Green, Dayne had 25 completions in 50 attempts (50%) for 386 yards 3 TD's 
  • 6'2" 205 Senior WR/DB Shane Horton has played part of the season filling in for a previously injured Dayne Crist at QB and is the #1 Rusher with 47 carries for 631 yards (13.43 avg.) 7 TD's.  Shane is also the #2 Receiver with 18 catches for 314 yards (17.44 avg.) 5 TD's.  While filling in at QB he had 27 completions in 53 attempts (50.9%) for 473 yards 2 Int's 8 TD's.  Last year Shane was the #1 Receiver with 32 catches for 608 yards (19.0 avg.) 4 Td's.
  • 6'0" 180 Junior RB/DB Thaddeus Brown is the #1 Rusher with 139 carries for 1135 yards (8.17 avg.) 10 TD's.
  • 6'5" 215 Senior WR/DB Mike Stanton is the #1 Receiver with 21catches for 555 yards (26.43 avg.) 9 TD's.


Additional Defensive Playmakers (Defensive Statistics were not available)


The Offensive Line averages 274 and is led by






  • 6'2" 185 Junior QB Kevin Prince has 92 completions in 163 attempts (56.4 avg.) for 1141 yards 4 Int's 11 TD's
  • 5'8" 155 2 way playmaker Junior RB/DB Austin Shanks is the #1Rusher with 111 carries for 654 yards (5.89 avg.) 8 TD's.  Austin has 3 Int's.
  • 6'1" 205 Junior RB/DB Ej Woods is the #2 Rusher with 51 carries for 279 yards (5.47 avg.)
  • 6'2" 245 2 way playmaker Senior DE/WR Dj Holt is the #1 Receiver with 23 catches for 352 yards (15.30 avg.) 3 TD's & DJ is #1 in Sacks with 9 and #3 Tackler with 6.3 per game
  • 6'7" 230 Junior TE/DE Joseph Fauria is the #2 receiver with 15 catches for 228 yards (15.20 avg.) 4 TD's


Additional Defensive Playmakers


  • 5'11" 175 Senior LB Michael Moll is the #1 Tackler with 8.1 per game
  • 6'0" 155 Junior DB Mark Watley is the #2 Tackler with 7.8 per game


The Offensive Line averages 268 and is led by


  • 6'3" 275 Senior Yusef Rodgers
  • 5'11" 274 Junior Julian Fields, who also moves to RB for short yardage runs.
  • 6'2" 265 Junior Karim Williams
  • 6'1" 265 Senior Dayne Locollo
  • 6'2" 260 Junior Buddy Fishman


My Final Thoughts: 

This is a huge game for both teams and their fans.  It will be electric and sold out, even with extended seating of 4000 at this small Encino School Crespi.  Tickets are on Sale beginning at 3:00 11/8/06.  Both teams have excellent coaching and kids that play with big heart.  Crespi's running backs are superb with both running very hard and very elusive.  Crespi's DJ Holt is exceptionally powerful on both sides of the ball and if he catches the ball at the second level is very difficult for Second level personnel to bring him down. The offensive lines match up fairly closely.  Notre Dame is very skilled at its option attack with superb athlete's that do not understand what losing is about.  Notre Dame's Dayne Crist is a stud at QB and Horton has proven to be one of the most versatile and elusive athletes in the game.  There is not a chance that anyone can call this game one way or another because no one can measure the hearts of these two team's players and coaches.  Just watch they will show you what heart is about under the Friday Night Lights. 



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