Chaminade rallies for 36-32 win over No. 16 Notre Dame
It was a game that West Hills Chaminade looked as if it would win easily when it built a 21-3 halftime lead against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday night.
It was a game that Chaminade looked as if it would lose when the Eagles gave up 29 consecutive points and trailed No. 16 Notre Dame, 32-21, with 4:11 left.
But the Eagles scored twice in the final 1:56, recovering an onside kick in the process, to pull out a thrilling 36-32 victory over a stunned Notre Dame team.
“We had a little collapse there when we thought we won the game,” Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said. “That’s a great team we played. We just pulled the game out.”
Notre Dame opened a 25-21 lead on a quarterback keeper by Kelly Hilinski with 7:17 left.
The Eagles punted with 4:11 remaining, but the snap sailed over punter Brannon Burrow’s head and was recovered by the Knights at Chaminade’s 29-yard line.
One play later, running back Khalfani Muhammad scored on a 21-yard run for a 32-21 Knights lead.
It didn’t look good for the Eagles at that point, especially because their offense was sputtering.
But quarterback Logan Scott scored on an 11-yard run, then running back Terrell Newby scored on a two-point conversion, pulling Chaminade to within 32-29 with 1:56 left.
Then the Eagles recovered an onside kick, giving them the ball at Notre Dame’s 48.
“I was never comfortable,” Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney said. “In fact, I told one of my coaches I hoped it wouldn’t come down to an onside kick. I don’t know what happened on that kick, but we’ve got to get that.”
Newby finished the comeback with a one-yard score for a 36-32 lead with 15.7 seconds left.
“The emotions were flying everywhere,” said Newby, who had 151 yards in 33 carries and three touchdowns. “We’ve got to stay on top of teams throughout the second half, but we were able to help each other and get through the chaos.”
Notre Dame receiver Derick Turner appeared to suffer a concussion on the last play of the game and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
No. 3 Mission Viejo loses
Behind a stellar defensive effort, No. 12 Redlands East Valley upset No. 3 Mission Viejo, 10-7, handing the visiting Diablos their first regular-season loss to a California team since 2008.
Redlands East Valley’s Tanner Shreve scored a touchdown on a botched Mission Viejo punt return in the second quarter, and David Massuere kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Wildcats, who have given up 19 points in five games. Daniel Gonzales and Trevor Douglass had interceptions for Redlands East Valley (5-0), which avenged last year’s 42-14 loss to the Diablos.
Brett Tenhoff scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter for Mission Viejo (4-2), which failed to score earlier on two attempts from the Wildcats’ one-yard line. Redlands East Valley tipped away a pass in the end zone as time expired to seal the victory.
Mission Viejo quarterback Alex Bridgford has 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.
— Austin Knoblauch
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