High School football notebook: Week 6

Just call him Mr. 300. Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes entered a prestigious club last Thursday night with his team’s 46-0 Sunset League win over Marina (3-3, 0-1 Sunset League).

Barnes is one of only four coaches in the state in the prestigious club joining former Oceanside El Camino head coach Herb Meyer, former St. Paul head coach Marijon Ancich, and De La Salle head coach Bob Ladouceur, who could win his 400th career game next season.

“I never thought about it, it just kind of happened,” said Barnes of win no. 300. “It’s about kids. The kids have played all the games. I haven’t played a game yet since college.” 

His players wore white t-shirts following the game that read “JOHN BARNES 300TH WIN” with a large 300 in the middle of the shirt. At the bottom it read “WINNINGEST COACH IN OC …EXCELLENCE SINCE 1979.” 

There was a ceremony on the field following the game. Among the speakers was CIF commissioner Rob Wigod. Barnes eventually took the mic addressing the Veterans Stadium crowd, exclaiming his love for the place he’s spent the last 34 seasons.

“My heart has always been in Los Al and it will stay in Los Al forever,” Barnes said to the crowd.

He’ll go for win no. 301 this week when Los Alamitos (5-1, 1-0 Sunset League) hosts Edison (5-1, 1-0 Sunset League) on Friday.

Santa Margarita (6-0, 1-0 Trinity League) showed what life is like after Johnny Stanton. For Servite that meant being shut out for the third time in the last four games. The Eagles played two quarterbacks, junior Josh Canty and sophomore Kyle Sweet, in their 21-0 win. This week, they’ll shift their focus to Mater Dei (5-1, 1-0 Trinity League) in the Game of the Week, which will air at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports West.

The Eagles defense impressed but Mater Dei head coach Bruce Rollinson is far more concerned with the offensive line.

“The offensive line is just a force that you’re going to have to reckon with,” Rollinson said. “There’s not many solutions when you have the size and the ability of those offensive linemen.”

Streak Busters
Chaminade (5-1, 1-0 Mission League) came from 13 down in the second half to defeat Serra, 28-20. It was the first loss for the Cavaliers (4-2, 0-1 Mission League) as members of the Mission League and their first league loss since 2006, 27-straight league wins going back to their days in the Del Rey League. Although it was Week 6, the game was thought to determine the league champion, thus giving Chaminade the upper hand. The Cavs were hurt by two Jalen Greene interceptions which led to 14 Chaminade points.

Summit (5-1, 1-0 Sunkist League) defeated Kaiser (5-1, 0-1 Sunkist League), 29-7, snapping a 34-game home winning streak in league games and it was the first loss Kaiser has suffered on their on-campus field, according to the Press Enterprise.

Rivalry Renewed
The Crespi/Notre Dame rivalry has produced some remarkable finishes over the last few years. In 2009, it was Notre Dame’s Eric Solis nailing a 51-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Knights to a 23-21 win.

The 2010 game was described as the “Miracle in the Valley.” The game was tied 28-28 with four seconds left and Crespi had the ball on their own 35-yard line. Crespi quarterback Kenny Stenhouse was nearly sacked before finding Michael “Mike Mike” Davison in the flat. The diminutive Davison cocked back as if he were going to throw the ball before darting up the sideline. Shortly after crossing over into Knights territory, he was corralled near the sideline and reversed field. He was taken down at the Notre Dame 46-yard line, but before falling to the turf, he pitched the ball to Terrence Williams. Williams then started up the sideline, avoided a tackler at the 20, managed to stay in bounds, and from the 5 he dove towards the end zone. Crespi 34, Notre Dame 28. And the Knights were eliminated from playoff contention.

Last season, the Celts blocked a punt, a field goal and defensive back Tyler Foreman broke up a potential game-winning touchdown pass as Crespi defeated Notre Dame, 28-26.

What will happen on Friday when Crespi (7-0, 1-0 Serra League) travels to Notre Dame (4-3, 0-1 Serra League)?

Catch This!
Canyon Country Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky can add one more record to his resume. In the Cowboys (4-1-1, 1-0 Foothill League) 49-7 win over Golden Valley (0-6, 0-1 Foothill League), Wolitarsky passed former Taft, USC and current St. Louis Rams wide receiver Steve Smith for most career receiving yards in state history. Smith finished his prep career with 271 catches and 4,486 yards. Wolitarsky had 149 receiving yards last week and is now at 4,585 career yards. He trails Smith by 31 catches for most in a career in state history. 

Week 6 Top Performers
Mater Dei wide receiver/linebacker Thomas Duarte had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and also recorded a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown in a 42-10 win over JSerra (5-1, 0-1 Trinity League).

Cypress (4-2, 2-0 Empire League) running back Jake Brito carried the ball 36 times for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the Centurions 28-7 win over arch-rival La Palma Kennedy (1-6, 0-3 Empire League).

El Segundo (3-3, 1-0 Pioneer League) sophomore quarterback Lars Nootbaar completed 10-of-15 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start as the Eagles flew past Lawndale (3-3, 0-1 Pioneer League).