Alemany keeps winning despite shaky defense

Warriors have to rally to beat Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 49-42, and Coach Dean Herrington has an answer for critics of the team's defense: 'We're pretty good on offense.'

Does Mission Hills Alemany football Coach Dean Herrington truly believe that "defense wins championships?"

"Of course we believe that," he said Saturday morning.

Then how do the Warriors expect to win a Serra League championship after needing to score with 45 seconds left to pull out a 49-42 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday?

"We're pretty good on offense," he said. "People are still going to have to stop us."

Yes, Alemany (6-1) is still the Serra League favorite, thanks to quarterback Devon Dunn, receivers Steven Mitchell and Devin Ross and running back Deshone Randall.

Dunn passed for 282 yards and ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

But Alemany faces La Puente Bishop Amat (5-0-1) on Friday night and ends the regular season against Encino Crespi (7-0), and it remains to be seen whether the Warriors are going to be able to rely simply on outscoring teams in shootouts.

"We'll get better on defense," Herrington said.

Injuries forced Alemany to start four sophomores and five juniors on defense.

"Whenever you give up 42 points, you're worried," Herrington said. "But we know they're correctable mistakes."

As for the 5-foot-11 Dunn, who scored the winning touchdown on a four-yard run, Herrington said, "He was awesome."

Roosevelt is in first

Los Angeles Roosevelt (6-1, 3-0) took control of the Eastern League with a 40-34 victory over South East (5-2, 2-1). Gilbert Herrera, taking a direct snap, scored three touchdowns.

"It was Herrera running behind 10 blockers," Coach Javier Cid said.

San Fernando rolls along

San Fernando (6-0) continues to cruise in the Valley Mission League behind junior quarterback Cristian Solano, who completed 11 of 13 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 53 yards and one touchdown in a 54-6 win over Panorama.

State record

Receiver Drew Wolitarsky of Canyon Country Canyon has set a state record for career yards receiving. He has 4,585 yards receiving after catching nine passes for 149 yards and four touchdowns against Golden Valley. Former Taft receiver Steve Smith caught 271 passes for 4,486 yards. Wolitarsky has 240 receptions.

Playing like Peyton

There's probably lots of colleges that wish they had recruited 6-4 senior quarterback Chad Kanoff of Studio City Harvard-Westlake. He made an early commitment to Vanderbilt and what a steal he is.