will play Notre Dame in its homecoming game Friday evening, and a dramatic showdown between the two teams is expected.
The clashes between Notre Dame and Crespi stretch all the way back to the 1980s, when the two schools had a sporting, cross-Valley rivalry. Paul Rawate, the director of marketing and public relations at Crespi, told Patch that it was the high school equivalent of the rivalry between USC and UCLA.
"Two years ago, Notre Dame kicked a last second field goal to beat us," said Rewate, "and last year we had the play 'Miracle in the Valley,' which led us to take the last playoff spot."
"It's taken the rivalry to a new level," he said. "For two consecutive years the last play has won the game."
On Tuesday, the seniors will hold a ballot to elect the homecoming king and queen. The school is also expecting a strong turnout of alumni to support their team. The freshmen team will play at Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the Junior Varsity team will play at Crespi Thursday at the same time. The homecoming game will take place on Friday at 7 p.m.
Click on the videos above to see the "Miracle in the Valley" play and other game highlights from the 2010 Crespi homecoming game against Notre Dame.
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