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Football: Miracle on Rinaldi Street, Part II

November 27, 2010 |  8:42 am

In 1982, I coined the phrase, "Miracle on Rinaldi Street" for the Mission Hills Alemany football team that made it to the Division I semifinals before losing to Anaheim Servite and future NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein. The team had been 3-5-1 the previous year.

Fast forward to 2010. Alemany is 12-0 and takes on 12-0 Servite next Saturday, expected to be at Cerritos College. Is there a Miracle on Rinaldi Street, Part II?

Alemany has the Herrington brothers, Dean and Rick, and they alone are good enough to figure out a way to beat a Servite team that hasn't lost since a regular-season game to Huntington Beach Edison in 2009.

Alemany's defensive line is playing terrific, and quarterback Vernon Adams has been coming through in the playoffs. Even more important, Alemany has the passing and rushing balance to test Servite's defense, which is the best in Southern California.

I still don't think Servite is going to lose, but let's see if the Herrington brothers can outwit Troy Thomas.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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