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Crespi Wins on Sehnem's Kick

November 01, 2003|Eric Sondheimer

Upset after missing a 44-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter, Sean Sehnem received a pep talk from an assistant coach, then provided the decisive points Friday night, making a 17-yard field goal with five seconds left to give Encino Crespi a 17-15 victory over Gardena Serra in a Del Rey League game that probably decided the title.

The victory puts Crespi (7-1, 3-0) in command of the league race and speaks plenty about the rebuilding job accomplished by third-year Coach Troy Thomas. Three years ago, the Celts went 0-10. Now they are two wins away from their first league title since 1991.

"It's been a long 2 1/2 years, but it sure is nice right now, and the program is definitely on the rise," Thomas said.

Crespi had a 14-3 lead at halftime, keyed by a 64-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kevin Vollmer on the second play of the game.

The Cavaliers (5-3, 2-1) started slowly but rallied in the fourth quarter. Short touchdown runs by Emmanuel Robinson and Terry Wilson gave Serra a 15-14 lead with 4:43 left.

Vollmer then guided Crespi from its 33 to the one-yard line.

On fourth down, Sehnem made his game-winning field goal. "I was trying to calm down," he said.

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