If they can beat Santa Margarita Catholic next week, St. John Bosco beats Servite and Orange Lutheran beats Mater Dei, then JSerra could be in a three-way tie for third place and position itself to win a coin flip to get into the Southern Section's Pac-5 Division playoffs for the first time.
Key Stats: Casey Eugenio rushed 28 times for 192 yards and scored four touchdowns—one on a 35-yard interception return—for JSerra.
Pivotal Moment: It’s hard to pick a play early in the game of this type, but Eugenio’s interception return—which essentially provided the decisive points—was the kind of big play you can never count on getting. It gave the Lions a 14-7 lead at the time, and seven points they would need when the clock expired.
Quotable: “It’s big,” JSerra coach Jim Hartigan told the Orange County Register. “(The win) kind of got the elephant off our back. When you go through three weeks of brutal losses in the Trinity League, it takes a toll.”
Records: JSerra (6-3 overall, 1-3 in Trinity League), Servite (5-4, 2-2)
Notes: This is
the biggest victory in JSerra history. … Servite came into the game ranked No.
3 in Orange County, No. 6 in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division. JSerra is
ranked No. 8 in the county. … JSerra had losses to Orange Lutheran (29-13),
Mater Dei (38-14) and St. John Bosco (48-7) before its victory over Servite,
which last week beat Orange Lutheran, 20-19, on a Hail Mary on the last play of
the game. … Nick Robinson passed for 264 yards and touchdowns of 60 yards to
Dante Pettis and 33 yards to Ethan Aguayo. … Pettis also peeled off a 64-yard
run with 10:37 left in the game; less than a minute earlier, Servite had pulled
to 40-37 lead. … Servite’s Travis Waller rushed for 253 yards and a touchdown,
and passed for 87 and two touchdowns, the last a 62-yarder with 9:58 left in
the game. … Servite, hoping for a second consecutive come-from-behind victory,
was driving for the winning touchdown; it faced third and 14 at the JSerra 31
but Waller fumbled on the 28 and JSerra recovered. ... This is the Lions' first victory over Servite. Since joining the Trinity League, it also has victories over Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita.