Serra High's football team came from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to top CIF-San Diego Section power Oceanside High, 50-39, in a non-league Honor Bowl game last Friday at Oceanside.
Oceanside seemed to be in command with a 39-28 lead and having the ball. That's when Malichi Mageo stepped in and intercepted a pass by Oceanside quarterback Matthew Romero and returned the ball 12 yards for a touchdown. The Cavaliers added a two-point conversion cutting their deficit to 39-36.
After stopping Oceanside, Serra went to work and took the lead for good on a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Greene to UCLA-bound wide receiver Jordan Lasley.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Cavaliers' John Houston recovered the ball giving the Cavaliers (2-0) good field postion. It ended when Serra put the game away on a 7-yard scoring run by Adoree Jackson.
Greene, a preseason all-American, continued his fine performance completing 21 of 36 passes for 306 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
All three of his scoring passes went to Lasley, who had four receptions for 97 yards. His other TD passes to Lasley was of 28 yards in the first quarter and four with 31 seconds left in the third period that gave the Cavaliers a 28-22 lead, before Oceanside came back with 17 unanswered points, behind the arm of Romero. Tucker completed 10 of 17 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns.
Adoree Jackson, one of the premiere athletes in the United States, had nine receptions for 104 yards and scored a rushing TD.
After road games in the San Diego area the first two weeks, Serra will finally come home to face a very good Notre Dame High squad from Sherman Oaks Friday at 7 p.m. The Knights are 2-0, with one of those in an impressive 42-6 season opener home win over Bay League power Manhattan Beach Mira Costa on Aug. 30.
Carson has poor opener: Under first year head coach Kevin McCall, Sr., things did not go well for host Carson High's football team in its 40-6 loss to CIF-Central Section power Edison High from Fresno last Saturday night.
Even receiving six key transfers in T.J. Flowers (Long Beach Poly), Delon Jones (Compton Domiguez), Marquel Dismuke (Dominguez), Malik Harris (Long Beach Jordan), Don'Yeh Patterson (Dominguez) and Kelvin Sadberry (Dominguez), the Colts were unable to keep up with Edison.
Carson managed to get as close as four points (10-6) in the second quarter when Flowers recovered a fumble and returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown, but that was all heard of the Colts from there.
Quarterback Justin Collins completed six of 11 passes for 128 yards, including an 87-yarder to DeJuan Lee that helped the Colts threaten for a score. Collins' next pass, however, was intercepted in the end zone.
The Colts had trouble with their ground game gaining just 29 yards.
Things will not get any easier as Carson hosts an always powerful Mater Dei team from Santa Ana Friday at 7 p.m. The Monarchs were CIF-Southern Section PAC Five Division runner-ups to Long Beach Poly last year and is currently rated fifth in the top division this season.
Sophomore quarterback keys Lawndale: Sophomore quarterback Chris Murray had a fine game in leading Lawndale High's football team to a 26-21 victory over Hawthorne in a Centinala Unified High School District rivalry last Friday at Lawndale.
Murray completed 11 of 16 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown and ran for 77 yards and two TD's. His scoring pass gave the Cardinals (1-1) a 19-14 lead when he tossed a 6-yarder to senior wide receiver Anthony Ramirez with 6:54 left in the game. Murray had touchdown runs of seven yards with 2:23 remaining in the second quarter and 23 yards with 2:55 to go in the contest.
Running back Davion Ward started Lawndale's scoring with 9:56 remaining in the first period on a 16-yard run.
The Cougars (0-2) came back to grab a 14-6 first quarter lead behind TD passes from quarterback Patrick Washington to wide receiver Jermaine Martin from 32 and 25 yards.
Down 26-14, Hawthorne made it close when reserve quarterback Pablo Bernal completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Colby Menendez with 35 seconds left.
"It was an ugly football game," Lawndale head coach Rick Mathiesen said. "We committed five turnovers. We found a way to win. Our defense kept us in the game."
The Cardinals will host Morningside High from Inglewood in another non-league contest Friday at 7 p.m. The Monarchs started off their season by rolling over Animo High from South Los Angeles, 41-0, last Friday at Coleman Stadium. Under first year head coach Darwin Henderson, Morningside hopes to have a successful season.
The Cougars travel to John Muir High in Pasadena to face Blair High at the same time. These two programs have a lot of in common; once successful but have fallen into lean times in recent years.
Last week's results:
Friday, Sept. 6: West Torrance 36, Culver City 15; Banning 48, Torrance 34; Peninsula 51, North Torrance 0; Palos Verdes 15, Moorpark 9 (2 OT's); Narbonne 26, Locke 0; San Pedro 46, Locke 12; Santa Monica 17, Redondo 14; Carpinteria 42, South Torrance 20; El Segundo 49, Lynwood 12; Bishop Montgomery 25, Contreras 0; Eastside 35, Leuzinger 7; Taft 47, Gardena 33; Cathedral 63, St. Bernard 7; Aquinas 15, Mary Star 13; Morninside 41, Animo-South L.A. 0; Inglewood 26, Washington 0; Rolling Hills Prep 33, Sylmar Concordia 28 (Eight-man).
Saturday, Sept. 7: Fresno Edison 40, Carson 6; Chadwick 54, Southlands Christian 0.
This Week's Schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 12: West Torrance vs. Torrance at Zamperini Stadium, 7 p.m.; Palos Verdes at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m.; Leuzinger at North Torrance, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 13: Banning at Hamilton, 3 p.m.; Culver City at Peninsula, 3 p.m.; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Serra, 7 p.m.; Narbonne at Alemany, 7 p.m.; Mater Dei at Carson, 7 p.m.; Antelope Valley at Redondo, 7 p.m.; University at San Pedro, 7 p.m.; Mira Costa at Downey, 7 p.m.; Cantwell at El Segundo, 7 p.m.; Morningside at Lawndale, 7 p.m.; Jefferson at Gardena, 7 p.m.; Hawthorne vs. Blair at John Muir High, Pasadena, 7 p.m.; Fremont at Westchester, 7 p.m.; Animo-South L.A. at St. Bernard, 7 p.m.; Lighthouse Christian at Rolling Hills Prep (Eight-man), 3 p.m.; Anneberg vs. Pacific Lutheran at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14: Malibu at Chadwick, 2 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery vs. Bell-Jeff at Burbank Burroughs High, 7 p.m.; Mary Star vs. St. Monica at Palisades High, 7 p.m.
Snyder's South Bay Top 10: 1. Serra (2-0), 2. Narbonne (2-0), 3. West Torrance (1-0), 4. San Pedro (2-0), 5. Palos Verdes (1-1), 6. Carson (0-1), 7. El Segundo (1-0), 8. Redondo (1-1), 9. Mira Costa (0-1), 10. Peninsula (1-0). Others to watch: Inglewood (1-0), Culver City (0-1), Bishop Montgomery (2-0), Banning (1-1).