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Jaylen Henderson throws 4 touchdowns for Chaminade in upset win over Bishop Alemany

Photo Credit: Connor Morrissette (SBLive)

WEST HILLS, CALIFORNIA— The Chaminade Eagles and the Bishop Alemany Warriors are two of the best teams not only in the Mission League, but in Southern California. On paper, Alemany is the better team, led by junior linebacker, Niuafe Tuihalamaka, and junior cornerback, Ephesians Prysock. But Chaminade didn’t let paper determine the result of the game. Eagles’ quarterback, Jaylen Henderson, had originally opted out of the season in order to start practice at Fresno State injury free this summer. But after the Eagles lost their season opener to La Habra, he knew there was unfinished business, and made a return. Chaminade has gone 3-1 since his return, and he continued to lead the Eagles against a good Bishop Alemany team.

Bishop Alemany started with the ball at their own 42-yard line, and Floyd Chalk led the Warriors to inside the red zone. But the Chaminade defense came up with a big stop early on, stopping the Warriors on 4th and 1 at the 1-yard line, and forcing Alemany to turn the ball over on downs. The Eagles started to move the ball very well against a talented Alemany defense. Jaylen Henderson then threw for his first passing touchdown, finding Josh Mailander for a 23-yard score to put Chaminade up 7-0 (PAT good).

Jaylen Henderson continued to prevail on the Eagles’ next drive. After Alemany punted to Chaminade, Henderson found Jordan McIntyre for a 65-yard touchdown, and the Eagles extended their lead to 13-0 (PAT no good). Bishop Alemany was forced to punt again on their next drive, and the first quarter ended with Chaminade in the lead 13-0.

Chaminade punted to Bishop Alemany to start the second quarter, but the Eagles defense made an impact. Linebacker, Jaylen Braddock, recovered a fumble for Chaminade, and gave the offense the ball at the Alemany 30-yard line. Henderson then went back to work, running for a 26-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0 (PAT good). Alemany went down the field on their next possession all the way inside the Chaminade 20-yard line. After the Warriors went to attempt a field goal, and an illegal substitution penalty moved them back 5 yards, the first half ended with the score 20-0 in favor of Chaminade.

Bishop Alemany started the second half with an excellent break. Alemany safety, Kevin Green Jr., recovered a fumble for the Warriors, and gave Alemany the ball at their own 37-yard line. The offense then took advantage, as Dylan Gebbia found Green Jr. for a 47-yard touchdown to put the Warriors on the board (PAT no good).

But the Eagles had an answer, as they marched down the field all the way inside the Alemany 20-yard line. Jaylen Henderson then found Ian Duarte for a 15-yard touchdown to make the score 27-6 (PAT good). But Alemany wouldn’t go away. Floyd Chalk found room to run, ran for a 35-yard touchdown, and closed Chaminade’s lead to 27-13 (PAT good). After Alemany kicked off to Chaminade, the third quarter ended with the Eagles in the lead 27-13.

Jaylen Henderson started the fourth quarter with yet another passing touchdown. The Fresno State signee found Dominic Arango-Serna for a 35-yard touchdown to extend Chaminade’s lead to 34-13 (PAT good). The Warriors then found some life with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Gebbia to bring Alemany within two scores of Chaminade (PAT good).

After Chaminade was forced to punt on their next drive, the Warriors went down the field inside the Eagles’ 20-yard line. Dylan Gebbia then found Kevin Green Jr. for a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 34-27 (PAT good). The Warriors had the most hope they’ve had in the game after recovering an onside kick at the Chaminade 45-yard line. But a holding call pushed Alemany back 10 yards. The Eagles’ defense was then able to come up with a stop, and secured the substantial Mission League upset over Bishop Alemany 34-27.

Chaminade picks up their third win in a row, and improves to 3-2 on the season. Chaminade looks to improve that win streak next week against Cathedral on Friday, April 16th, at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET). Bishop Alemany suffers their first loss of the season, and falls to 3-1. Alemany will look to bounce back next week against a talented Serra (Gardena) team on Friday, April 16th, at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET).

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