GAME OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame vs. Hillcrest

THE DETAILS:
Riverside Notre Dame vs. Riverside Hillcrest
At Zach Earp Stadium at Riverside Norte Vista HS, Riverside
Kickoff: Friday, Sept 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.

NotreDameLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
RIVERSIDE NOTRE DAME (1-0 overall) got its 2016 campaign off on the right foot with a 37-2 victory last week over Palm Desert Xavier Prep at RCC. The Titans, last season’s CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division champs, returns many key offensive pieces including senior QB Niles Harrell (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and senior RB/WR/DB Ian Zamudio (5-9. 160), both beginning to garner serious attention from NCAA Division 1 football programs. Junior RB/LB Tyzjon Calhoun (5-9, 188), a transfer from Riverside North, adds depth. Senior LB/S Jared Baytosh (6-1, 202) is a big hitter on defense.
HEAD COACH: Derrick Johnson

HillcrestLOGORIVERSIDE HILLCREST (1-0) won its opening game for the first time in the program’s four-year history, defeating Fontana Jurupa Hills, 28-24, in Week 0. Junior QB/RB Cordell Labrie (5-11, 185) did it all in the win, completing 6 of 18 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown and running for 135 more yards and another TD on 20 carries. Labrie highlights an improved number of offensive skill position players, but questions remain for an undersized defense.
HEAD COACH: John Brandom

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Notre Dame
— QB Niles Harrell, Sr. (6-foot-1, 200); RB/WB/DB Ian Zamudio, Sr. (5-9, 160); TE/ILB/K Ryan Simpson, Sr. (6-foot, 215); RB/DB Vince Shalow, Sr. (5-5, 158); RB/LB Tyzjon Calhoun, Jr. (5-9, 188); WR/S Jason Kennel, Jr. (6-2, 185); NG Henry Mitchell, Sr. (6-3, 300); OL/DL Raymond Estrada, Sr. (6-2, 275); LB/S Jared Baytosh, Sr. (6-1, 202); DE/LS Dylan Petti, Sr. (6-3, 255); DE/T Jonathan Drinkwater, Sr. (6-2, 220).

Hillcrest — QB Mason Montello, Soph. (5-foot-11, 136 pounds); QB/RB Cordell Labrie, Jr. (5-11, 185); RB Exavier Silva, Sr. (5-7, 179); WR/CB Aaron Howard, Sr. (5-6, 126); WR Joshua Ford, Soph. (6-foot, 200); WR Drew Dixon, Sr. (6-3, 179); OL Michael Guerrero, Sr. (6-foot, 290); G Brendan Castillo, Sr., (6-foot, 200); DE/OLB Gio Gomez, Sr. (5-9, 195); DL Jeremiah Jenkins, Sr. (5-10, 200); DE Michael Noble, Sr. 5-10, 205.

THE DIFFERENCE:
Notre Dame is deeper and (gulp) better than they were last year. The Titans have all that experience — they’re still great defensively — and they’re bigger on the lines this season.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Notre Dame 31, Hillcrest 18

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