Sherman Oaks Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad grinded out 144 yards against Serra. Photo by Jason Lewis
Notre Dame thumps Serra, Crenshaw also struggles without stars from last year, but Carson makes a statement.
This Friday features Carson vs. Long Beach Poly and Dorsey at Taft.
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Serra’s football team entered the season on a 36 regular season game winning streak, and they did it with a highflying offense and very fast defense.
But this past Friday night, one year after Serra traveled to Sherman Oaks and ran right by Notre Dame all night long, Serra looked like a totally different team as Notre Dame shut down Serra’s passing game and Notre Dame was able to run right at, and over, Serra’s defense on the way to a 35-10 victory.
Last year against Notre Dame, Serra was able to throw short passes to George Farmer and Marqise Lee, both at USC now, and watch them make a defender miss and race to the endzone. But the first play of the game for Serra showed that they are far from the team that dominated high school football for the past two seasons.
A screen pass ended up being dropped, and two incomplete passes later Serra was punting the ball. Passing wise it did not get that much better for the rest of the night, as sophomore quarterbacksJalen Greene only completed two of eight passes for four yards before being replaced by junior Ryan Barbarin, who only completed one of three passes for 10 yards. One of Greene’s passes was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad grinded out 144 yards rushing on 24 carries, mostly running right at Serra’s defense. Muhammad ran between the tackles or just off tackle for most of the night and was able to get good chunks of yards on nearly every play.
Muhammad also caught two touchdown passes.
The lone bright spot for Serra was junior running back Anterio Bateman, who rushed for 174 yards on only 12 carries. In the first half he broke two long runs, one a 63-yard touchdown, and another of 47 yards.
But Bateman did the bulk of his damage in the first half when the game was close. By half time he had 152 rushing yards on nine carries, but in the second half he only handled the ball three times for 22 yards. He only ran the ball once in the third quarter as Serra was trying to get their passing game on track.
Serra’s season is not a loss at this point, even though they are pretty much knocked out of the state bowl race. They will look to get in the win column this Friday night against Redondo Union.
Crenshaw goes down hard
Like Serra, Crenshaw has some big time athletes to replaced, and like Serra, Crenshaw took a beating in their first game of the season, losing to Alta (Sandy, Utah) 45-14.
With De’Anthony Thomas at the University of Oregon, Crenshaw struggled running and passing the ball.
Crenshaw was at a disadvantage entering the game. Schools in Utah start the season two weeks before California, and they are in pads about a month before California teams can practice with them on. Alta had already played two games, while this was Crenshaw’s first.
As usual, Crenshaw schedules a very tough nonleague schedule, as they will travel to Norco on Friday night. The two teams have split two very close games the last two seasons.
Carson sends a message with a victory over Mater Dei
The word that has been getting around is that Carson is the team to beat in the City Section this year, and a 26-22 victory over Mater Dei shows that they are ready to make a run at the title.
USC bound receiver Darreus Rogers was the star of the night, as he caught 12 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, one coming with 10 seconds remaining in the game to give Carson the victory.
Carson will travel to Long Beach Poly this Friday night, and once again they will be looking to prove themselves against one of the best programs in Southern California.
Last week’s scores
Dorsey 34, Los Angeles Jordan 0
Birmingham 49, West Adams 16
Manual Arts 21, Torres 6
Wilmington Banning 58, Los Angeles 6
Compton Centennial 42, Compton 36
Crespi 48, Dominguez 6
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 35, Gardena Serra 13
Carson 26, Mater Dei 22
Lakewood 46, Locke 22
Oceanside El Camino 41, Gardena 14
Venice 34, Harvard-Westlake 27
Westchester 27, Inglewood 21 (OT)
St. Bernard 28, El Segundo 21
Long Beach Poly 24, Grant (Sacramento) 23
Verbum Dei 41, Animo South LA 0
This week’s schedule
*Games on Friday at 7 p.m. unless noted
Carson at Long Beach Poly (Veterans Stadium)
Palos Verdes at Narbonne
Gardena at South East
Washington at Hamilton 3 p.m.
West Adams Prep at San Pedro
San Fernando at Locke 3 p.m.
Dorsey at Taft
Crenshaw at Norco 7:30 p.m.
Manual Arts at Los Angeles 3 p.m.
Jefferson at Fremont
Westchester at Cleveland
Venice at Chaminade 7:30 p.m.
Fairfax at Harvard-Westlake
Animo South Los Angeles at University 3 p.m.
Palisades at El Camino Real
Jordan at Crespi
Serra at Redondo Union
Dominguez at Redlands East Valley
Compton at Sylmar
Compton Centennial at Orange
Cerritos at Morningside
West Torrance at Culver City
Inglewood at Mira Costa
Beckman at Hawthorne
Santa Ana Valley at Verbum Dei 3 p.m., Saturday
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