Homecoming Showdown: Notre Dame vs. Crespi [VIDEO]

Crespi takes on its longtime rival Friday.

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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Anna King October 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Will you be at the game Friday? Did you see the 'Miracle in the Valley' last year? Let us know!
joe October 11, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Per your questions, yes and yes. Crespi vs ND is always worth the watch. For the record, the rivalry goes back to 1973-74 when Crespi moved up to 4A (D1) and joined the Del Rey League. The Celts beat the Knights in league and went on to 4A Championship losing to Los Altos. Also, the PR director at Crespi is Paul Rawate.
Anna King October 11, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Thanks Joe! Any predictions on how the game will go?
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