Coming into the 2008 season, many thought Notre Dame would compete, but struggle in doing so. However, not as many might have expected the Knights to be undefeated five games into the season. Much of their success is found in the rapid maturation and development of junior quarter Ryan Kasdorf. Against Servite in the game prior, Kasdorf set a school record for passing, throwing for 409 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 31-24 victory over the Friars.
Alemany, also, found themselves breaking in a new quarterback in senior David Metcalf. However, unlike Notre Dame, more people gave Alemany a chance, even going so far as to say that the Warriors might very well repeat as Mission League Champions. So far this season, Metcalf, a two-way standout as he was an all-league selection at safety, has done an admirable job as the Warrior signal caller, managing his offense and leading his team to victories.
The fireworks started early for both teams, as the Knights scored on their opening drive, following a three and out by Alemany. After driving down to the Alemany 11-yard line from their own 44, Kasdorf took the snap and ran to his right and into the endzone, making it 6-0, following a missed extra point attempt.
Alemany would answer back the following drive, moving 80-yards down the field in 12 plays to take the lead on a 2-yard run by junior Malcolm Marable. Despite the Knights' focused efforts against him, Marable had an impressive game, showing great balance and burst throughout the night.
Despite the Warriors quick answer, Notre Dame would take control of the game from there on, scoring at will and stopping the Alemany attack with a stout defensive effort. After a field goal to take the lead on the very next possession to close the first quarter of play, the Knights scored a pair of touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second quarter. Following a 40-yard pass from Kasdorf to senior James Flynn, junior tailback Kenny Boggs took the ball in from 2-yards out for the score. On the Knights' next possession, Kasdorf threw a beautiful pass to Flynn from 29-yards out to make the score 23-7 with 4:32 remaining in the first half.
Alemany made it somewhat interesting to begin the third quarter of play. After adding a field goal to close out the first half, the Warriors scored on their first possession on an impressive 17-yard scamper by Marable to make the deficit only six. However, Marable's run would prove to be the last time Alemany smelled the endzone.
On the next Knights offensive drive, Kasdorf was impressive as he led his team down the field, using both his arm and feet. On 1st and 10 at their own 25, Kasdorf hit Flynn for a 56-yard gain to set the Knights up with 1st and 10 at the Alemany 19-yard line. Two Boggs runs later, Kasdorf hit senior wide receiver Tyler Ruiz for an 11-yard touchdown strike to make the score 30-17, Notre Dame.
From there on, Notre Dame added two more scores on two touchdown runs by Boggs, and the Knights defense held strong. Senior linebacker Jordan Barrett sealed the win for Notre Dame, picking off an errant Alemany pass in the remaining minutes of the fourth.
Kasdorf finished with 338 yards and 2 toudowns to 1 interception on 19 for 24 passing. He also added 55 yards on the ground on 13 rushing attempts. Kenny Boggs continues his great 2008 campaign, finishing the night with 3 touchdowns and 86 yards rushing on 19 carries. James Flynn had a huge night, grabbing one touchdown and 163 yards on only 6 receptions.
Notre Dame improves to 6-0 and is set to host St. Paul next Friday. The Alemany Warrios suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. Next Friday, they host Mission League rival Loyola.