[CALABASAS, CA] Doug Brumfield took matters into his own hands on the final possession of the game, rushing the ball inside the 10-yard line before tossing the game-winner to four-star recruit, LV Bunkley-Shelton.
“That connection always been there,” Bunkley-Shelton said about his quarterback. “Even in our freshman year that connection was always there and it never left.
Both teams walked into this game ranked top-ten in the CIF Southern Section Division 1/2 rankings. It was the schools first meeting with one another.
Serra’s defense started the game forcing three consecutive 3 & outs. Calabasas second drive of the game came after sophomore Larry Turner-Gooden interception in the endzone. Turner took the ball out the coyotes started their drive inside of their own 10-yard line.
Brumfield got the ball back to start the second quarter and led a drive that lasted half of the quarter. The Cavaliers found themselves in the redzone for the second consecutive drive but two penalties killed the momentum. One penalty left many confused when Brumfield was flagged for leaping over a defender into the endzone. The touchdown was called back and Serra settled for three points.
Calabasas answered with a touchdown drive ending with a connection between Jaden Casey and four-star reciever Jermaine Burton.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jaylon Armstead returned the ball deep into the Coyotes redzone. Armstead just a week ago scored five touchdowns on five carries and 222 yards against Garfield. Armstead missed the rest of the game in the second half with an undisclosed injury.
Serra went on to score ten unanswered points before the half, giving them a 13-7 lead.
Sophomore, Malik Murphy, started the second half at quarterback for Serra. His drive ended with a interception by Lamont Narcisse. Brumfield returned to the field on the next with two big plays; a 40-yard pass to set up his 18-yard touchdown run.
“He’s been amazing this whole [duel quarterback] process,” Serra head coach, Scott Altenberg, said about Brumfield. “Malike Murphy is a great quarterback but this game just worked out more for Doug. Malik is more of a dart thrower, Doug likes to move around. For us [Doug] had to make the plays and it might be another game where it goes the other way, but I was real proud of him.”
Brumfield was dynamic both through the air and on his feet. The UNLV commit made exceptional throws while showing next level elusiveness on his runs.
“A newer influence was Desean Watson, but as a kid, it was Cam Newton.” Brumfield said about his play style.
Serra two-possesion lead didn’t last long. A fumble set Calabasas up at Serra’s 34-yard line just before the fourth quarter. Casey on 4th & Goal from the 23-yard line, scored on a scramble, ending a drive that included nine penalties between both teams. Two penalties gave Calabassas three attempts at a 2-point conversion but went 0-3, still trailing 13-20.
Calabasas took advantage of the momentum and scored on their next possesion thanks to big catches by Jaylen Blizzard and Burton, who caught his second TD of the day.
In the first overtime, Serra turned the ball over on downs but the Coyotes missed a 40-yard field goal that could have ended the game. In the next overtime, Serra’s defense stood firm and the Coyotes turned the ball over on downs.
“Last year we don’t do that,” Attenberg said about his team answer to the Coyotes’ fourth quarter run. “Last year we go up, they catch us and that’s it. This year the guys just kept fighting and I’m proud of that.”
Calabasas will host La Habra next week and Serra will host Long Beach Poly next friday before they go on the road to take on the defending LA City Champs, Narbonne.
Serra 0 13 7 0 6
Calabasas 0 7 0 13 0