Win or lose on Friday night, the Notre Dame High School football team can definitely say they’ve had their fair share of life lessons this season and answered the call when their coach needed it most. .
The Knights (9-3) will be looking to clinch their ticket to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship when they host top seed Rancho Verde (12-0) in the semi-finals. And head coach Kevin Rooney will be on the sidelines again, exactly where he was last week when Notre Dame beat Los Alamitos in an emotional match for the veteran head coach.
“The support and love we’ve received from the Notre Dame community and indeed the community as a whole has been remarkable,” said Rooney, who missed both games before playing at Los Alamitos to mourn the passing. of his wife Maureen, who recently lost her. battle against leukemia.
“The other schools have been so kind to reach out and send their condolences. It was quite special. We always talk with our players about the important things in life. Football is fun and something we all love to do. , but it’s not the most important thing in life. It’s family and taking care of each other. I’m very proud of our team.
Notre Dame beat La Habra and Los Alamitos in the playoffs and both were high-scoring affairs. The Knights will likely have to earn a shootout in order to pass a Rancho Verde team that is averaging 53 points and playing with blistering efficiency on offense.
“They do everything so well,” Rooney said of Rancho Verde. “They direct the ball extremely well, they pass the ball extremely well and it’s going to be a huge challenge for our defence. All we can do is prepare as best we can. Good tackling is obviously essential and it’s something we’ve been working on since day one.
Highlands (10-2) at Calabasas (10-2), 7 p.m.
The Coyotes are on the verge of reaching the Division 2 Finals, an event that will certainly see them move up to Division 1 next season.
But before all that, a tricky team from Upland comes to town. Tricky, as the Scots ended the season with a loss to Baseline League rivals Rancho Cucamonga and won their first two playoff games by a total of six points.
Calabasas has scored over 40 points in each of its first two playoff wins and is averaging 36 points per game.
St. John Bosco (12-0) vs. Oaks Christian (12-0), at Royal HS, 7 p.m.
Oaks Christian hopes to take his place at the top of the mountain in the southern section. Right now there are only two schools up there and St. John Bosco is one of them…Mater Dei the other.
The Lions passed JSerra last week, but lost star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux to suspension in the process. Oaks Christian’s defense still has talent and will need to be on their best against a multi-faceted attack from Bosco.
Oaks Christian can’t afford to fall too far behind in this game as the Lions haven’t shown a propensity to pass effectively in pressure situations. That should mean a healthy dose of running back Zach Charbonnet is coming Bosco’s way.