JSerra unveiled its uptempo offensive package, and though the Lions may be penciled in to finish last in the Trinity League, their victory Saturday shows that not all last place teams are created equal. They just blew out the No. 2 team in Nevada.
Score: JSerra 44, Las Vegas Centennial 0
Key Stats: JSerra’s defense registered seven sacks, limited its leading rusher to 36 yards, and returned an interception for a 58-yard fourth quarter touchdown courtesy of Ian Zamudio.
Pivotal Moment: Ninety seconds after taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of a safety and 50-yard TD drive culminated by Nick Robinson’s 11-yard pass to Dante Pettis, JSerra added to the lead on Casey Eugenio’s 17-yard score. With 2:07 left in the opening quarter, JSerra had seized the game by the throat.
Quotable: "I'm sure there are things we can improve on, but it's a good start," Coach Jim Hartigan told the Orange County Register.
Records: JSerra (1-0), Centennial (0-1)
Notes: Centennial is the No. 2 ranked team in Nevada, behind Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. It’s a real feather in the cap of JSerra to beat a team with that kind of pedigree. … The contest was part of the Brothers in Arms Classic, a four-game extravaganza that was to take place in San Diego. …. Because of television and running the games back-to-back, the JSerra game was changed to Carlsbad before ultimately being moved to Mission Viejo for a rare 11 a.m. kickoff. … The last shutout by JSerra came in a 31-0 victory over Fullerton in 2010. … Ethan Aguayo blocked a punt for a safety to open the scoring. He also caught a 22-yard pass from Nick Robinson, who had two touchdown passes. Robinson completed nine of 16 for 108 yards. … Eugenio, one of the county’s outstanding players, rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Next: JSerra plays host to Huntington Beach at Saddleback College on Sept. 13. Huntington Beach (1-0) opened with a 32-10 victory over Bakersfield Christian and plays Magnolia next week.