Week 8 High School Football Notebook
For Terrell Newby, it was just one of those nights. One that he’s less likely to forget as 50% of his touches on Friday night went for touchdowns. No, this wasn’t like a four-touch, two touchdown night. Nor was it an eight-touch, four touchdown night. This was much more spectacular.
Newby rushed the ball 16 times for 360 yards and a school record eight touchdowns in Chaminade’s 78-34 win over Harvard Westlake on Friday. Seven touchdowns came in the first half.
The Wolverines (6-2, 2-1 Mission League) found him hard to stop as he ran and ran and ran some more. Long run after long run.
“When I break away for a long run I zone everything else out and everything starts to go slow and I see things a little better,” Newby told Scout.com. “It’s a great feeling when you are running down the field.”
As Newby ran, the Wolverines didn’t know what hit them.
"It all happened so quick, it got out of hand," first year Harvard Westlake head coach Scot Ruggles said to the Daily News.
Said Chaminade head coach Ed Croson, ”Newby is fast.”
What will he do for an encore? The Eagles (7-1, 3-0 Mission League) are in action at St. Francis (3-5, 0-3 Mission League) on Prep Zone this week right here on FOXSportsWest.com. Kickoff is Friday at 7pm.
Crespi coming off the tracks
It’s starting to look a lot like 2011 for Crespi (7-2, 1-2 Serra League). That’s not a good thing. The Celts started the season 7-0. They’ve since suffered two losses in a row. More importantly, those losses were in Serra League play.
It’s not going to get any easier with first place Alemany (7-1, 2-0 Serra League) next on the schedule in the season finale for the Celts.
Last season, the Celts started the season 7-0 (one of those wins was by forfeit) but lost three in a row to end the season and missed the playoffs. Last season there were no at-large berths to be awarded in the PAC-5 Division. This year that changes with two at-large berths being awarded. Those bids will likely go to the fourth place team in the Trinity League and the third place team in the Serra.
A third loss in league pretty much guarantees Crespi no chance at that. The Celts must win Friday and then get some help. Lots of it.
With a bye in Week 10, it would be nice to know where you stand. Instead, it could end up being a LONG one for the Coach Jon Mack’s bunch, especially if they lose to Alemany on Friday.
Santa Margarita (7-1, 2-1 Trinity League) got an early look into the future. No Johnny Stanton and no Ryan Wolpin in the backfield because of injuries, yet the Eagles were still able to defeat Orange Lutheran (6-2, 1-2 Trinity League) 17-14.
Redlands (7-1, 3-0 Citrus Belt League) defeated Redlands East Valley (3-4, 2-1 Citrus Belt League) 41-37 to capture the Smudge Pot trophy for the first time since 2006 in their rivalry game. The Wildcats were without USC-bound defensive end Kylie Fitts, who’s out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken wrist last week. Fitts was selected as an Army All-American and may be able to participate in the game in January, according to reports.
UCLA commit Craig Lee carried the ball 23 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the win for Redlands.
'Just scratching the surface'
Vista Murrieta (8-0, 3-0 Southwestern League) head coach Coley Candaele has been able to let his guard down …just a little. He sprinkles in a practical joke from time to time. At this point in the season he acknowledges his team is what they’re going to be, with the exception of tying up loose ends here and there.
That team he has is pretty good. 8-0 good. In last Friday’s 45-17 win over Murrieta Valley (7-1, 2-1 Southwestern League), USC-bound all-purpose player, Su’a Cravens scored the team’s first three touchdowns. He returned a shanked punt for a score, had a 104-yard interception return for a touchdown, and also a touchdown reception.
“We came out very fast,” Candaele told FOX Sports Radio’s “High School Football America-SoCal.”
On the field, Vista Murrieta has won 22 in a row. Of course, they had to forfeit five of those wins last season. The defending Inland Division champions, left out of the state bowl picture last season, entered this year with high expectations. So far, so good. Even though Candaele is more jovial these days, he’s still coaching his team hard.
The bad thing for upcoming opponents is head coach Coley Candaele doesn’t think his team is close to being the team they can be.
“The scary thing for us is I don’t think we’re even close to what we could be. I think we can play a lot better football,” Candaele said. “We’re on the kids and coaching them so hard that they don’t really think they’re any good. It’s just a reality of how much better we can get because we’re coaching these kids harder every day because we know we’re just scratching the surface of what we’re capable.”
That should be a warning sign to all Inland Division opponents that get in the way of the Broncos.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore had his No. 17 jersey retired by Hart last Friday. Moore played at UCLA and Oregon State before signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He was all-CIF as a safety in 2000 and had a school record 10 interceptions. In his senior season of 2001, Moore was named CIF Division III Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback, while leading Hart to 13-0 record and CIF Division III title.
No. 17 is the 5th number retired by Hart. No. 30- John Sheeler, No. 7 - Jim and Tom Bonds, No. 46 - Ted Iacenda, No. 8 - Kyle Boller.
Hart (7-1, 3-0 Foothill League) will visit Valencia (5-3, 3-0 Foothill League) on Friday in the Game of the Week at 7:30pm on FOX Sports West with first place in league on the line.
Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ (5-2-1, 2-1 Foothill League) 54-41 loss to Valencia. He now trails Steve Smith by 18 catches for most in a career in state history
Week 8 Top Performers
Chaminade running back Terrell Newby carried the ball 16 times for 360 yards and a school record eight touchdowns in the Eagles 78-34 over Harvard Westlake.
Laguna Beach (7-0-1, 3-0 Orange Coast League) running back/defensive back Drake Martinez rushed eight times for 122 yards and four touchdowns. He added an interception return for a touchdown in the Breakers 56-13 win over Calvary Chapel (3-5, 0-3 Orange Coast League).
Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy completed 26-of-38 passes for 470 yards and set a school record with six touchdown passes in the Vikings’ 54-41 win over Canyon.