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Bishop Amat football breaks in Alemany’s new turf with Mission League win

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MISSION HILLS  — Bishop Alemany High School unveiled a brand new turf field in its game Friday night against Bishop Amat. It didn’t help the home team enough as Bishop Amat posted a 28-7 victory in the first Mission League game for both teams in the 2023 season.

Alemany coach and former quarterback Casey Clausen said about the new field, “I wish I played on this thing 20 years ago. It’s awesome for the kids and a game-changer for the direction of the school and the direction we want to take the football program.”

On the very first play from scrimmage Alemany quarterback Laird Finkel connected with Demare Dezeurn on a 65-yard touchdown pass that was called back for holding. Alemany was held to a three and out after the penalty. This was the story of the night for the young Alemany team that had nine penalties, including several offsides penalties in key moments.

“I’m proud of the way our kids competed and they’re getting better every week,” Clausen said. “We made too many mistakes and we have a very slim margin for error.”

Amat scored on its first drive of the night when Frankie Villalbazo found Eric Osorio for a 1-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead.  Alemany’s responded with its only touchdown of the game when Finkel scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7.

Amat’s offense took over in the first half, scoring on its final two possessions of the first half. Amat did a nice job controlling the clock, possessing the ball for 21 plays on their first two possessions of the half.

Villalbazo had a 10-yard touchdown run for Amat’s second score of the half. Running back Mason Zertuche had a 61-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the half for Amat to take a 21-7 lead into halftime.

Villalbazo finished the game 9 of 17 for 80 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Zertuche had eight carries for 95 yards and the one score and Osorio was the main receiving option for Amat, hauling in six catches for 51 yards with one touchdown.

Alemany’s defense had a better performance in the second half holding Amat to zero points on offense and limiting the explosive plays. The only score in the second half came from an Amat interception from Brandyn Wetherspoon returned 56 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Alemany’s offense was not able to get much going in the game with Amat’s front seven having a strong night with a couple sacks and also Alemany having too many pre-snap penalties.

Finkel finished the game 15 of 23 for 156 yards with one touchdown run and one interception. Dezeurn had seven catches for 84 yards.

“Every win’s a good day and they haven’t been coming very often for us this year, so tonight’s a good way to start league,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said.

Alemany will continue Mission League play next week when they travel to Chaminade. Amat will be at home next week and take on Daily News No. 1 ranked team Sierra Canyon.

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