Before Friday night's game against Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, running back Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) hadn't played a single playoff game in his varsity football career. With the Knights shut out at halftime, the 5-foot-8, 174-pound senior wasn't about to let it be the only one he experienced.
Khalfani rushed for two second-half touchdowns and led Notre Dame to a 28-27 win, giving the Knights their first playoff victory since 2009.
"We needed a spark; we needed some confidence," Khalfani said of his team's situation at halftime. "Scoring that touchdown got the team up and put us back in it at 7-7. It got us back and some good things started happening."
Muhammad's effort helped push Notre Dame into a second-round matchup with Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, a team that was undefeated on the field this season.
The senior tailback has been slow to jump into the recruiting process as he focuses on his senior year. The playoff run will keep Muhammad even more separated from recruiting at this time.
"Right now I'm just trying to zone out of recruiting," he said. "I have to take it day by day and game by game, so that's what I'm doing."
Muhammad took an official visit to Notre Dame in September, and said he will schedule one to Washington as soon as his season ends.
"I don't know where I'll take another one to," he said. "I'll probably decide that after the season also."