LA North: Five things from the weekend

  1. Hart freshman receiver Trent Irwin had quite a debut. He caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-21 loss to Tesoro. Both of his touchdown catches came in the fourth quarter, when Hart was deseperately trying to rally in the closing minutes. Making those touchdown passes was sophomore quarterback Connor Wingenroth, who also ran for a 71-yard touchdown in the first half to keep the game close. Irwin didn’t start and Hart coach Mike Herrington sounded like he might reconsider that decision in future games. “He probably could have had more,” Herrington said. “He didn’t start the game for us, but he’s a player. He’s a go-to guy, runs great patterns and catches the ball well. He’s going to have a great future.” Hart struggled at times against Tesoro, but there were some bright spots. Still, it looks like Hart might be a year away from being a power again in high school football.

  2. West Ranch running back Jeff Coprich has a pair of records that might not be broken for a while, at least in the Foothill League anyway. He rushed for a school record 213 yards in his team’s 53-21 win over Nordhoff. Coprich, a transfer from Golden Valley, holds the single-game rushing record for at his old school as well. He rushed for 202 yards against West Ranch on Oct. 22, 2010. Coprich had quite a game against Nordhoff. He scored four touchdowns, two on a pair of 85-yard runs and one on a 70-yard interception return.

  3. The Serra League teams not only went undefeated in the opening week of high school football, three teams posted impressive wins. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pulled off the stunner of the weekend, beating No. 25 Gardena Serra by 23 points, 35-13. Notre Dame was 2-8 in 2010, so it looks like the rebound is well on its way. Not to be lost are wins by No. 11 Crespi and Loyola. Crespi beat No. 19 Compton Dominguez by 42 points, 48-6, and Loyola won by 14 points, 28-14, over Mira Costa. No. 7 Bishop Amat might have had the least impressive victory, shutting out Garfield, 14-0, as if a shutout is anything but impressive. No. 5 Alemany, the reigning Serra League champs, beat Pasadena, 55-0, and it could have been worse. The game went to a running clock in the third quarter.

  4. It looks like the Westlake football team dodged a couple of bullets against Del Oro in its season opener in Northern California, dubbed the Battle at the Capital. Westlake won the game, 30-27, in overtime on Saturday night, but not before Warriors kicker Alex Ball missed a field goal that would have won the game in regulation, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee. Ball made up for the miss, making a 27-yard field goal to win the game in OT. Del Oro was knocking on the goalline in the overtime period, but turned the ball over on downs after a fourth-and-goal play that ended inside the 1-yard line. Westlake drove down the field and gave Ball another chance to win the game. He didn’t squander his second attempt. Westlake has a bit of break. The next game for the Warriors is Sept. 16 at home against Calabasas.

  5. Burroughs senior cross country runner Anthony Monroy set the course record at the 21st Burbank all-city cross country meet at Johnny Carson Park. He won the race over the 2.6-mile course in 12 minutes, 50 seconds, breaking the mark set by Western Nelson of Burroughs, who held the record in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, in 2007. Christina Shamirian of Burbank won the girls race, the first of her high school career, in 16 minutes, 28 seconds.