It has been a tough road for JSerra. It's tough to build a program when you're the doormat of the second-best league in the nation. Players transfer out, there's not much depth, and every week there's an opponent who can play with anybody.
Even though the top-ranked team in the nation by some accounts was beaten, it was JSerra that gave the Southern Section Pac-5 Division its most eye-opening performance—in a loss.
The Lions came from a 24-0 deficit to tie St. John Bosco—ranked No. 11 in the state—at 38 apiece before losing in overtime, 44-41.
Here's a look at the Trinity and South Coast League results from this weekend as teams head toward the Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs.
Life without Johnny Stanton is going to be a lot different. Everyone knew that after the star quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury. But the point was driven home against Mater Dei (6-1, 2-0), which showed off its strong defense and made some big plays to defeat the Eagles (6-1, 1-1), who were ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN and were the unanimous choice atop the Orange County sportswriters poll. Kyle Sweet (13 of 23, 172 yards) started his first game at quarterback for SMCHS. He threw one touchdown pass, and had an interception returned for a touchdown. He was also sacked four times, and the Eagles run game mounted only 40 yards. Ryan Wolpin was held to 34 yards in 11 carries.
St. John Bosco 44, JSerra 41 (overtime)
JSerra kicker Greg Bucilla kicked a 42-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation to tie the score at 38-38, and then kicked a 35-yard field goal on JSerra's first possession in overtime. The upset hopes didn't last long as Darren Walker scored from 25 yards on Bosco's first play from scrimmage when it got the ball. Nick Robinson passed for 325 yards and two scores for JSerra (5-2, 0-2), and Dante Pettis returned an interception 50 yards for a score. Bosco (3-4, 2-0), which forfeited four victories because of an ineligible player, has a showdown next week with Mater Dei.
Orange Lutheran 28, Servite 14
OLu (6-1, 1-1) unveiled black uniforms for the first time, and the Lancers were successful in beating Servite (2-5, 0-2) for the first time. Tavi Jimmerson rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns as the Lancers came back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit. Servite, which had won or shared seven consecutive league championships, almost assuredly will not make it eight after this most recent setback.
SOUTH COAST LEAGUE
Ian Fieber passed for four touchdowns as No. 2 Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0) remained unbeaten. The victory extended the Diablos' mastery over San Clemente (4-4, 0-2) to 13 years; they are 12-0-1 since the last time San Clemente beat its rival. San Clemente's only score came via a 50-yard interception return by Ryan Alvarez after the Tritons were already down by 45 points.
There were some outstanding performances in ths game, but the nod has to go to Conner Manning, who passed for four touchdown passes, and also caught a pass for the decisve points in the fourth quarter. Jacob Furnari, the running back who threw the pass to Manning on the trick play, rushed for 149 yards. The performance by the high-scoring El Toro offense got the best of Tesoro's stout defense and overshadowed Nate Tago, who rushed for 320 yards and four touchdowns. El Toro (8-0, 2-0) is in first place; Tesoro dropped to 6-1, 1-1.
Westlake 27, Newbury Park 17
Simi Valley Royal 21, Simi Valley 20
Thousand Oaks 17, Calabasas 17
Moorpark 42, Agoura 7
Long Beach Wilson 55, Compton 12
Lakewood 16, Long Beach Cabrillo 13
Long Beach Jordan 44, Long Beach Milliken 22
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 40, Encino Crespi 34 (4 OT)
Mission Hills Alemany 56, La Puente Bishop Amat 35