Scout Out West: Crespi-Notre Dame

Kelly Hilinski

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. - Get a look at the top prospects in the thrilling four overtime game between Encino (CA) Crespi and Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame.

Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski led the Knights to a 40-34 win over rival Crespi, in a four overtime game that had a little bit of everything. UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was in attendance and Hilinski saved his best two passes of the game, a pair of perfectly placed strikes on seam routes, for the final game-tying drive of regulation and on the first overtime.

Hilinski had a solid but not spectacular game but came away with a big win over Notre Dame's biggest rival and kept the Knights' playoff chances alive.

Hilinski got pressured often by Crespi defensive end Ray Davison, who finished the night with two quarterback sacks. Davison continues to show good quickness and burst off the ball. He is on the light side for a college defensive end but has the athleticism to be an outside linebacker in the right system.

Tyler Foreman and Brandon Arnold both contributed at wide receiver and defensive back and showed why they are such highly sought after recruits. Foreman had one of the biggest catches of the night late in the fourth quarter and is one of the most physical defensive backs in the region. Foreman recently returned from an official visit to Oklahoma and has serious interest in the Sooners, as well as UCLA and Cal.

Notre Dame tailback Khalfani Muhammad was contained by the Celt defense most of the night but broke off a 13-yard touchdown for the win, and finished the night with 149 yards on 37 carries. Muhammad was coming off of a four touchdown, 212-yard performance against Alemany, his best game of the year.

But the player with the most impressive night of all was Crespi tailback/cornerback Timmy Hayes. The under the radar recruit has played mostly on the defensive side of the ball this year but exploded for 188 yards on 20 carries at tailback Friday night. Hayes also added a blocked a field goal attempt and was solid at cornerback. Look for his recruitment to heat up once college coaches see film of his performance at tailback.

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