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Football: Notre Dame wins in four overtimes, 40-34

October 12, 2012 | 11:28 pm

For the fourth consecutive season, the Crespi-Sherman Oaks Notre Dame football game was decided on the final play of the game.

Khalfani Muhammad gave Notre Dame a 40-34 victory with a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth overtime.

"It was a game for the ages," Notre Dame assistant coach Jeff Kraemer said.

In the fourth overtime, Crespi botched a 35-yard field-goal attempt on a low snap. Notre Dame's Lucas Alfonso missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt, but Crespi was called for roughing the kicker, setting up the Muhammad touchdown.

Crespi (7-1, 1-1) suffered its first defeat and sent the Serra League into unknown territory. Notre Dame is 5-3 and 1-1. Finishing in the top two spots is critical, because it could be difficult getting an at-large berth as the No. 3 team.

Alemany looks in control of the league race at 7-1 and 2-0. The Warriors have won 10 consecutive Serra League games since joining the league in 2010. Alemany plays Crespi in two weeks.

-- Eric Sondheimer