Serra High's Adoree Jackson loves to impress both his team and fans in anyway.
Defending two-time CIF-Los Angeles City Section champion Narbonne High did everything they could to contain him.
Finally early in the third quarter, though, Jackson proved he can score long touchdowns on defense. He broke a Serra High record by returning an interception from Gaucho quarterback Eban Jackson 102 yards for a touchdown that enabled the Cavaliers to pull away for a 36-13 victory and ending their preseason with an unbeaten 5-0 record.
Prior to that play, Serra, ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division and fourth in Southern California by Maxpreps, struggled to a 16-7 halftime lead. That play put the Cavaliers' lead up to 23-7 and they weren't finished from there.
Being stunned by the big play, Narbonne's Wayne Rippatoe was unable to handle the ball on the ensuring kickoff by Sifi Maama and Serra recovered it at the Gaucho 16-yard line.
It took three plays, plus a personal foul penalty on the Gauchos, for Adoree Jackson to score on a 4-yard run to give Serra a 29-7 advantage with 6:14 left in the third quarter.
"I wanted to get my speed going," Jackson said. "We were sluggish and it was a spark to fire us up. Once we get the momentum, it is hard to stop us. We got to get it done."
Narbonne managed its second TD on a one-yard run by Larry Seuga, but Serra put the game away when Darrion Naylor scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run with 4:05 remaining in the game.
"It was an amazing football play," Serra hed coach Scott Altenberg said on Jackson's 102-yard interception TD return. "Our defense did well but we got work to do on our offense."
Naylor scored the game's first touchdown on a 3-yard run with 7:49 to go in the first period but a point after touchdown attempt by Maama failed.
That enabled the Gauchos to take their only lead at 7-6 when running back Johnell Jackson scored from seven yards out, but the Cavaliers grabbed the lead for good on a 6-yard TD pass from quarterback Jalen Greene to wide receiver Jordan Lasley six seconds before the end of the first quarter.
Serra upped its advantage to 16-7 with 5:55 remaining before halftime on a 32-yard field goal by Maama, who converted on three of five PAT attempts.
The Cavaliers have a bye week as they prepare for their Mission League opener at Harvard-Westlake in Studio City on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
The Wolverines are also unbeaten at 4-0 after rolling over host Sylmar, 65-24, last Friday. Harvard-Westlake hosts Palisades High Friday at 7 p.m.
Four of six Mission teams are undefeated, so far this season, which also includes West Hills Chaminade, No. 2 in the Western Division, and L.A. Cathedral.
Also having a bye week is Narbonne (3-2) which prepares for its Marine League opening home game against Banning on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Redondo rallies past San Pedro: Redondo Union High's football team rallied from a 15-point third quarter deficit to edge San Pedro, 25-24, in an intersectional non-league game last Friday at Redondo.
After the Pirates (3-1) grabbed a 24-9 lead when wide receiver Albert Martinez caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Hannifin, the Sea Hawks started their comeback with 16 unanswered points to pull off the game, capped when quarterback Harrison Faecher faked a handoff to Stephen Sudduth and went 25 yards for the eventual winning TD. A two-point conversion run attempt, that could have given Redondo (4-1) a field goal lead, fell short.
The comeback started when kicker Alex Castillo connected on a 25-yard field goal at the end of the third period.
Early in the fourth quarter, Faecher connected with Marcel Myers for a 33-yard pass, putting the ball at the San Pedro 15-yard line. Faecher completed the drive with his 15-yard scoring run, cutting the Pirates' lead to 24-19.
San Pedro dominated most of the first half and held a 17-7 halftime advantage behind touchdowns from Arron Scognamillo on runs of 15 and five yards.
Early in the third period, the Sea Hawks recorded a safety when Hannifin was heavily pressured in his own end zone by Cedric Muzik, forcing an intentional grounding there.
Faecher completed 28 of 38 passes for 237 yards and rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. He added a 30-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Redondo won four of its five non-league contest and will have a bye week before its highly competitive Bay League opening homecoming contest against Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The Panthers, who lost at home to Lawndale 32-24 last Friday, have their non-league finale at South Torrance High, which was routed by cross town rival West Torrance 48-13 last Friday, Friday at 7 p.m.
The Pirates hope to close their preseason on a good note as they visit Fairfax Friday at 7 p.m.
Bishop Montgomery wins delayed game: Last Friday night, Bishop Montgomery High's football team was expected to host Mary Star of the Sea High from San Pedro in their Del Rey League opener.
Unforunately, a power outage in that area forced the contest to be postponed until Saturday afternoon.
It was worth the wait for the Knights (4-1 overall and 1-0 in league) who topped the Stars, 21-7.
Bishop Montgomery quarterback Louie Soto completed 15 of 19 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and had a 62-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Soto added a 72-yard TD pass to Robert Rodgers.
Despite the loss, Mary Star rushed for more than 200 yard, 123 of those on 232 carries from Shane Nunez.
Reserve quarterback Derrick Edwards scored the Stars' only touchdown on a 5-yard run.
Bishop Montgomery visits Cantwell-Sacred Heart in Montebello in their second league game Friday at 7 p.m.
Mary Star returns home to Daniels Field to take on Verbum Dei at the same time.
Last week's results:
Friday, Sept. 28:
Del Rey League: La Salle 55, St. Bernard 0.
Non-League: Serra 36, Narbonne 13; Redondo 25, San Pedro 24; Lawndale 32, Peninsula 24; West Torrance 48, South Torrance 13; Loyola 49, Mira Costa 29; Torrance 57, Leuzinger 6; Corona Centennial 55, Carson 25; La Salle 55, St. Bernard 0; Oak Park 49, El Segundo 35; Banning 48, Rancho Dominguez Prep 0; L.A. University 49, Gardena 33; Bishop Diego 45, Inglewood 0; Morningside 29, Hawkins 6; Paramount 35, Culver City 14; Westchester 25, Hollywood 6.
Eight-Man: Pacific Lutheran 71, St. Joseph Academy 8.
Saturday, Sept. 29:
Del Rey League: Bishop Montgomery 21, Mary Star 7.
Non-League: Chadwick 56, Rosamond 20.
This Week's Schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 3:
Non-League: View Park Prep vs. Morningside at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4:
Del Rey League: Bishop Montgomery at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.; Verbum Dei vs. Mary Star at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 7 p.m.; St. Bernard at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m.
Non-League: North Torrance at West Torrance, 7 p.m.; Peninsula at South Torrance, 7 p.m.; Hawthorne at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.; Palos Verdes at Dominguez, 7 p.m.; Mira Costa at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m.; Jefferson at Carson, 7 p.m.; San Pedro at Fairfax, 7 p.m.; Torrance vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.; El Segundo at Laguna Hills, 7 p.m.; Gardena at Rancho Dominguez Prep, 7 p.m.; Bishop Amat at Culver City, 7 p.m.; North Hollywood at Westchester, 7 p.m.
Eight-Man Coastal League: Rolling Hills Prep at Avalon, 5:30 p.m.
Snyder's South Bay Top 10: 1. Serra (5-0); 2. West Torrance (4-0); 3. Narbonne (3-2); 4. Redondo (4-1); 5. San Pedro (3-1); 6. Palos Verdes (2-2); 7. Mira Costa (2-2); 8. Lawndale (4-1); 9. Peninsula (2-2); 10. Carson (0-4).