Oregon bound CJ Verdell paces Mater Dei to second CIF Section State Title Division I
By David A. Willauer,Contributing Writer
Southwestern Community College-Devore Stadium-Chula Vista, CA-12-3-16: The Crusaders of Mater Dei came back after a 10-7 deficit came back on the amazing speed of University of Oregon bound CJ Verdella as he carried the ball 30 carries for 251 yards, after scoring the first touchdown to put the Crusaders up 7-0 scored 3 touchdown runs of 20, 30 and 40 yards defeated the Eagles of Olympian High School by a 35-20 score to claim the Division I CIF Football title. These 2 teams met previous on November 7th where Mater Dei prevailed to a a 28-7 win on the Crusaders home field.
CJ Verdell on his performance: I felt good on my 4 touchdowns tonight as I give credit to my offensive line they created the open holes for my runs.” “We know that was part of the game but I didn’t panic we had faith in our coaches and put out a game plan that is now we got the win.” “I will give credit to Olympian they are a classy football squad I know a lot of the kids that go to that school.” on the University of Oregon I love the ducks went there for an unofficial visit with my parents and then I committed
The Crusaders were led by Chris Jones as he had 10 completions out of 18 attempts for 223 yards and threw a 24 yarder to Kevin Caldwell 1 reception for 24 yards.
The Eagles of Olympian were led by Noah Lasani 19 carries for 112 yards scored 1 touchdown of 3 yards, qb Nico Mendoza 10 completions out of 24 attempts to 175 yards threw a 25 yard touchdown pass of 25 yards to Isaiah Williams 3 receptions for 43 yards Ralphie Gomez 2 field goals of 27 and 38 yards,
With the win the Crusaders go to 12-1 and will take on Paraclete High School in a Division I semi final game at Antelope Valley College.
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