California’s Top 50 high school football teams: Paul Holyfield one of several key players back for No. 30 Chaminade

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Chaminade Eagles of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 30 team in our countdown.

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CHAMINADE TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

CHAMINADE HEAD COACH

Ed Croson, 15th season (second stint)

  • Coached Chaminade in 1998 and 1999
  • Coached at Birmingham from 2000-2008
  • Returned to Chaminade in 2009

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 4-2
  • 4-1 in Mission League (T-1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • Jaylen Henderson (QB) (6-3, 205) (Fresno State) (Graduated)
  • Jack Stonehouse (K/P) (6-3, 175) (Missouri) (Graduated)
  • Jordan McIntyre (WR) (6-1, 180) (Brown) (Graduated)
  • Jordan Ortiz (OL) (6-4, 295) (Graduated)
  • Frankie Washington (CB) (5-11, 175) (Graduated)
  • Dominic Arango-Serna – 2022 WR (Transferred to Sierra Canyon)
  • Ian Duarte – 2023 WR (Moved to Idaho)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 @ Oaks Christian – 7:00PM
  • Aug. 27 vs. Birmingham – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 3 @ Cathedral Catholic – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 10 vs. Crespi– 7:00PM
  • Sept. 17 vs. Liberty Bakersfield – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 1 @ Cathedral – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 8 @ Serra – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 vs. Notre Dame – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 @ Bishop Amat – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 29 vs. Alemany – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 7 on offense
  • 7 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

John Crawshaw and Victor Crawshaw (Senior-DL) (Both are 6-2, 230)

Coach Croson: “Both of these guys were All-Mission League last year. They’re 4.57 GPA kids who also happen to be over 1500 on the SAT. They want to study computer science and play football at the next level. They’re very good football players. We’re expecting a lot of them.”

Offer sheet: MIT, Carnegie Melon, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis

John 2021 spring stats: TD reception on offense, 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks

Victor 2021 spring stats: 29 tackles, .5 sacks and a fumble recovery

Paul Holyfield (Senior-RB/WR/CB) (6-0, 180)

Coach Croson: “Paul was a first team Mission League player last year. He’s is an athletic guy, a hard worker and he continues to improve.”

2021 spring stats: 34 carries for 200 yards and four TDs, 17 catches for 240 yards and three TDs

Noah Elliot (Junior-RB) (5-8, 170)

Coach Croson: “Noah will split time at tailback with Paul this year.”

2021 spring stats: 48 carries for 269 yards

Josh Mailander (Junior-WR) (6-2, 195)

Coach Croson: “Josh was also first team All-Mission League last year. He made a lot of catches and he’s a great blocker. There are a lot of things that he can do. He has a lot of recruiting interest.”

2021 spring stats: 15 catches for 308 yards and four TDs, three tackles on defense

Marquis Gallegos (Sophomore-DB/WR) (6-1, 170)

Coach Croson: “Marquis was All-Mission League as a freshman. He’s a guy who will be a high level recruit.”

2021 spring stats: 29 tackles, three interceptions, 3 catches for 41 yards

Ruben Gamboa (Sophomore-DB) (5-11, 155)

Coach Croson: “Reuben was also All-Mission League as a freshman and he too will be a big time recruit.”

2021 spring stats: 56 tackles

Zach Eagle (Senior-OL) (6-6, 310)

Coach Croson: “Zach has great measurables. San Diego State and UNLV both want him.”

Adam Sotelo (Junior-OL) (6-3, 305)

Coach Croson: “Adam was another All-League player for us.”

IMPACT TRANSFERS IN

  • Amari Powell — 2022 QB (Oaks Christian)
  • Robert Paladines — 2024 LB (Alemany)

WHAT’S THE QUARTERBACK SITUATION?

The QB battle is currently a three horse race between senior Oaks Christian transfer Amari Powell and juniors Indiana Wijay and Jake Macias. Wijay and Macias backed up Fresno State QB Jaylen Henderson in the spring.

“The picture will be clearer after we play Sierra Canyon in a scrimmage on August 12th,” Croson said.

BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR CHAMINADE

The best case scenario for Chaminade is that they win the Mission League and then somehow slip into the Division 2 playoffs in the Southern Section. In that scenario, the Eagles would win the league and then have a shot at a Section title because they’d avoid Mater Dei or St. John Bosco in the Division 1 playoffs.

MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO

The Mission League is very challenging. The Eagles will most likely go 7-3 and make a playoff push. Ed Croson coached teams always are much improved at the end of the season and this year’s group will be a very tough out in November/December if they get strong quarterback play.

COACH SAID

“Pretty much our whole offensive line is back. Last year we were young up front with veterans on the perimeter and this year we’ll be the opposite with much more experience up front and less on the outside. We have some good players, they’re just young. But overall, I think we got a chance. I think we have a chance every time we tee it up. Talent wise, Alemany will be very good of course, they bring back their top three guys, so it depends if we can play with those three guys, but we usually play them well. Amat should be better. But it’s the Mission League, every week you’ve got to go hard because all of the teams are good. We’re used to it. Our goal is to win the Mission League. We think we can compete for the league championship.”

— Head Coach Ed Croson

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