CLOSER LOOK: Notre Dame’s Ian Zamudio
Instead, he had just three as Notre Dame ran past Aquinas, 34-6, on onto a section title game.
“Ian has been very exceptional. He’s shown up big in big-time games, and he’s got a bright future,” Notre Dame head coach Derrick Johnson said. “It’s exciting to have a guy that can take it the distance on any given play.”
With the Titans driving early in the second half, Zamudio took a handoff left for seven yards and looked to be in for six points when the ball squirted loose and bounced around before getting out of bounds for a touchback.
It must have light his fire as he ran for 156 more yards — including two long TD runs — in as dominant a second-half performance as there’s been this season.
We caught up with Zamudio afterward.
FOMB: What was different for you in the second half?
Zamudio: “I didn’t perform well in the first half. I knew I had to do better for my line, who continues to work and block for me.”
FOMB: What’s this victory mean to you and to this team?
Zamudio: “It means a lot to us. I’m very thankful.”
FOMB: What’s it going to take to get the win the title next week?
IZ: “We’re going to have to work as hard as we always have because we have championship plans. We want to do something that hasn’t been done here in a long, long time.”
FOMB: What’s your role next week?
IZ: “I’m going to do whatever it takes. This is the opportunity we’ve been working for and we’re going to fight for it.”
The Titans (13-0 overall) play Temecula Linield Christian at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Temecula Valley High School.