Encino Sports Roundup

Crespi (4-0) defeated Palisades 40-0 in an intersectional matchup Friday night.

Junior quarterback Cody Cordell continued to shine, throwing for 257 yards and four touchdown passes. Chris Harper caught two of the touchdown passes, including a 78-yard connection and Mike Davison caught a 53-yard touchdown pass. Terrence Williams led the team in rushing with 71 yards on nine carries.

On defense, Brandon Arnold made two interceptions including a 90-yard return for a touchdown.

The Celts’ high-octane offense is averaging 48.5 points a game, while the defense has only allowed 8.5 points a game.

Crespi plays undefeated Vista Murrieta at home this Friday in a key non-league contest. Vista Murrieta has made the Inland Division championship each of the past two years. Last year, the Celts defeated Vista Murrieta 45-31 behind the strength of its two senior receivers Chris Harper and Mike Davison, who had 142 yards and 113 yards respectively.

The game will be streamed live on foxsportswest.com at 7 p.m.

The Crespi Junior Varsity and Freshmen teams also remained unbeaten. The Junior Varsity defeated Palisades 41-0 last Friday, while the Freshmen beat Corona 26-2 last Thursday.

Tough Knight for the Patriots

Birmingham (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season to the Notre Dame Knights 34-12 Friday night.

The Patriots were led by Marcus Harris who caught eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Senior fullback Joseph Pereira scored the other Patriot touchdown on a three-yard plunge.

The Patriots play their last non-league game of the year at home against Hart this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. before moving on to West Valley League play.

Early Season Cross Country Results

Seaside Invitational in Ventura, Sept. 9

Seniors

Crespi’s Nick Privitelli finished 16th out of 278 seniors in the three-mile Seaside Invitational in Ventura with a time of 15:48.78. Crespi’s Billy Anderson (17:18.91) and Birmingham’s Carlos Martinez (17:31.63) finished 108th and 120th respectively.

In the girls competition, Birmingham’s Carly Alanis (19:23.08) and Stacy Villegas (19:36.11) were 23rd and 29th out of 186 competitors.

Juniors

Alex MacMiller (24th with 16:17.46), JoJo Cortez-Adams (25th with 16:18.32) and Tyler Cushman (58th with 16:57.14) led the way for the Celts, who finished eighth out of more than 30 schools in the junior team competition.

Erik Sandoval (29th with 16:24.28) and Luis Solano (56th with 16:53.69) excelled for Birmingham in a race that included 333 runners.

Kimberly Nava (28th with 19:52.10), Dominique Dowell (47th with 20:07.79) and (Genesis Fabian 55th with 29:32.72) all made impressive performances for Birmingham in a field of 269 junior runners.

Sophomores

Birmingham’s Jarrick Wenslow finished eighth out of 370 runners with a time of 16:20.11, while Crespi’s Warren Bonilla finished 10th at 16:21.69.

Other top sophomores included Birmingham’s Erick Villegas (25th with 17:03.00) and Crespi’s James Lockhart (37th with 17:22.69).

Birmingham’s Jasmine Macon (11th with 19:01.69) and Stacy Macias (34th with 20:08.02) had strong performances in a field of 306 girls.

Freshmen

Birmingham’s Ryan Alexander won the freshman race with a time of 16:18.84. Evan Anozie from Crespi finished 26th out of 323 participants with a time of 18:17.35.

Birmingham’s Vanessa Barajas finished 34th out of 272 freshmen girls clocking in at 21:25.98.

Mission League Cluster Meet 1, Sept. 12

Privitelli finished second in the Mission League meet at Crescenta Valley Park with 16:21.71. Anderson, Bonilla, Cortez-Adams, Cushman, MacMiller, Privitelli and Gabe Calove contributed to a second-place team finish, behind only Loyola.

Water Polo

The Crespi water polo team came in second place at the San Marino tournament on Sept. 17. In the tournament, the Celts defeated Pasadena, Oxnard and San Marino, which went to triple overtime. On Sept. 21, the Celts lost to Moorpark 10-9 in overtime.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WATCH

Crespi

Tight end Joseph Fauria (’08) has caught nine passes for 153 yards this season for UCLA, both the second most on the team.

D.J. Holt (’07) is a starting linebacker at California. He made six tackles in a loss to Washington last week.

Safety Mark Watley (’08) has one interception and 15 tackles for Arizona this season.

Defensive back L.J. Jones (’08) has two interceptions for Fresno State this season.

Quarterback Kevin Prince (’08) has completed 6-of-10 passes for 84 yards for UCLA this season.

Yusef Rodgers (’07) is the starting right tackle at UNLV and Hroniss Grasu (’10) is the starting center for Oregon.

Receiver Kevin Cummings (’09) has reeled in three catches for 13 yards for Oregon State this season.

Bryan Bennett (’10) is 7-of-13 for 95 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon’s backup quarterback.

Birmingham

Tight end Mychal Rivera (’08) has 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in three games for Tennessee.

Defensive back Will Chandler (’07) made six tackles last week for UNLV.

Defensive lineman Marquis Jackson (’08) had three tackles and a forced fumble for Texas Southern last week against Texas College.

Defensive lineman Malik Jackson (’08) had five tackles for Tennessee in his most recent game against Florida.

Defensive tackle Donovan Carter (’08) has five tackles for UCLA in three games.

Running back Milton Knox (’08) had seven carries for 27 yards in Fresno State’s victory over Idaho last week.

Quarterback Maxwell Smith (’11) completed 6-of-11 passes for 41 yards for Kentucky last week against Florida.

Tight end Rafael Lopez (’08) has one catch for Columbia this season.

Quarterback Exavier Johnson (’08) has completed 3-of-3 passes for Gardner-Webb.

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