WEST HILLS — Andrew Van Buren ran outside and inside. He ran off of blocks or through tackles. No matter where Van Buren ran, he could not be stopped.
Vanburen ran for 295 yards on 35 carries and scored all five Chaminade (5-1, 2-0) touchdowns to defeat Mission League rival Serra 37-32 at home.
“I had to leave it out there on the field,” Van Buren said. “We have tomorrow off and I knew we needed this win.”
Andrew Vanburen with his fifth TD. Its his night. Chaminade leads 37-25 over Serra. pic.twitter.com/NC3W562KJC
— Ethan Hanson (@EthanAHanson) September 29, 2017
Chaminade’s (5-1, 2-0) plan was to push the tempo offensively against Serra (2-3, 1-1). Yet on the game’s first play, Ryan Stevens’ pass was intercepted by Justin Houston and returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
Serra’s extra point was blocked and the drive after from Chaminade took just over a minute with Van Buren scoring on a 40 yard TD run
Chaminade’s Michael Erhart halted Serra’s drive in the red zone by intercepting sophomore Doug Brumfield’s pass at the 13-yard-line. Brumfield was able to make up for his mistake on the next drive, scoring from three yards out to give Serra a 13-7 lead.
Chaminade on put the ball into the hands of Van Buren on its next drivr. He took a 17 yard carry for the touchdown with 9:24 in the second quarter then broke loose with a 65 yard touchdown and seize the momentum up 20-13.
“He is a special kid,” Crosen said. “There’s a lot fight and heart with this team.”
Van Buren added touchdown runs of 16 and 8 yards in the fourth quarter.
“That’s what I do is just put this team in the best position to win,” Vanburen said.
Michael Wilson had three catches for 87 yards and Chaminade will enjoy its bye week sitting in first place in league.
“Now we all get a chance to rest up and enjoy this one,” Wilson said. “We were so mad last year about losing to them by two points. This was a great win for us.”
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