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Crespi (Encino, CA)

Nickname: Celts
Colors: Brown/White/Gold
Coach: Jeremiah Ross
League: Serra
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Pac-5 (I)
Playoff Division Rank: #2
CA Bowl Division: South 2 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #1

Starting Quarterback Returning: yes

2007 Final Power Rating: 60.2
2007 National Rank: #41
2007 State Rank: #5
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +4
2008 Starting Power Rating: 64.2
2008 National Rank: #22
2008 State Rank: #4
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 35.1
Dynasty National Rank: #301
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 29.1
Dynasty Record: 49-16 (20-1 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 11-3
2007 League Record/Finish: 3-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 26.7
2007 Points Against Average: 12.3
2007 Differential: +14.4
2007 Wins: #19 Birmingham (Van Nuys) (20-6), #70 St. Bonaventure (Ventura) (25-9), #72 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) (48-26), #129 Servite (Anaheim) (13-10), #293 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) (23-3), #441 St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) (13-0), #1087 Alemany (Mission Hills) (28-21), #1191 Loyola (Los Angeles) (38-7), #1534 Bishop Amat (La Puente) (55-5), #1581 Millikan (Long Beach) (26-14), #7104 Kennedy (Granada Hills) (48-0)
2007 Losses: #12 Centennial (Corona) (41-20), #13 Poly (Long Beach) (13-3), #1244 Canyon (Canyon Country) (17-14)
2007 Opponents W-L: 119-51
Recent Section Championships: 2005 (X), 2004 (X)
Recent League Championships: 2007, 2005 (Del Rey), 2004 (Del Rey), 2003 (Del Rey)
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 8/30 vs Northridge (Layton, UT), 9/12 vs Birmingham (Van Nuys), 9/19 vs Servite (Anaheim), 9/26 vs St. Bonaventure (Ventura), 10/10 vs Saugus, 10/17 at Chaminade (West Hills), 10/24 vs St. Francis (La Canada), 10/31 vs Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 11/7 at Bishop Amat (La Puente), 11/14 vs Loyola (Los Angeles)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: St. Bonaventure (Ventura) (51.8), Servite (Anaheim) (50.2), Birmingham (Van Nuys) (45.1)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Chaminade (West Hills) (20.7), St. Francis (La Canada) (21.6), Northridge (Layton, UT) (32.7)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 34.8 (45.4 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 36.8
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +2
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 10-0
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 72%
Opener: 8/30 vs Northridge (Layton, UT) [projection: 40-6 win]

Outlook: Crespi High School was apparently instrumental in determining two CIF State bowl participants in 2007. Having defeated Birmingham of Lake Balboa and lost to Centennial of Corona, Crespi was used as the measuring stick between the D-I top two contenders by the selection committee. Having lost to Poly of Long Beach in the Southern Section Pac-5 finals also helped secure Oceanside's D-II bid (the Celts would have more than likely earned that bid with a victory). It is pretty easy to assume that the program on the Encino campus feels like they have some unfinished business with which to deal. They'll have plenty of weapons available at their disposal, as well. Junior QB Bryan Bennett was forced into duty at the beginning of the 2007 campaign when the senior starter Kevin Prince was injured in the first game and had a fairly nice season. It appears that Jeremiah McKibbins is poised to take over the RB spot and junior WR Blake Stanton could once again be a favorite target for Bennett. On defense, Crespi should once again be extremely tough (they allowed only 12.2 points per game last year, only *5* during Serra League play!). DBs Chris Carter, Lucky Radley, and McKibbins will be joined by DL Hroniss Grasu to lead the formidable unit. Although the Celts will again be expected to play a major role in the determination of another bowl berth, they are hoping that this time it is in securing their own.