Two weeks after having to sit out Serra’s non-league Honor Bowl game against Corona Centennial in the Cavaliers’ 52-13 loss, senior quarterback Khalil Tate has been on fire and last Friday’s non-league showdown at Narbonne High in Harbor City was no exception.
Tate rushed for six touchdowns as Serra outlasted the Gauchos 41-40 in a match-up between the South Bay’s top two football teams. With the win, the Cavaliers upped their record to 3-1.
The University of Arizona-bound Tate dominated Narbonne, last year’s CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I champion which is favored to win it, again, this year with a majority of its top starters back. Tate rushed for 287 yards on 23 carries. He was also effective passing as he completed 15 of 27 passes for 187 yards. He was intercepted once and that was on the regulation’s final play by Justin Prince that sent it into overtime.
Serra held a 34-19 lead after Ale scored his fifth touchdown on a 2-yard run with 8:29 left in the third quarter. After that the Gauchos, behind third-year starting quarterback Roman Ale, made their rally. They cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 34-26 with 5:29 remaining in the third period when Ale completed a 3-yard scoring pass to De Vaughn Cooper.
With 4:21 to go, Ale found Cooper for a 47-yard touchdown. Vincent Heard tied the game with his two-point conversion run.
The Cavaliers drove deep on their next possession but had it stopped on Prince’s interception off Tate. That sent the contest into overtime where each team had the ball put on the 25-yard line.
Serra was successful on its 25-yard drive that continued to be dominated by Tate. Behind his outstanding runs and passes, the Cavaliers drove to the 8-yard line where kicker Eric Escamilla attempted a 25-yard field goal on a fourth-down and three yards to go play. Narbonne, however, was called for off sides and Serra got the ball at the 4-yard line with a first down and goal. Tate had a run of three yards to bring it to the one, then, finished the drive from there. Escamilla’s point after touchdown was good as the Cavaliers led 41-34.
Narbonne came back and scored on a 7-yard pass from Ale to wide receiver Cedric Byrd to get within one. The Gauchos, however, opted to go for the win as they went for the two-point conversion. A snap to Ale, however, was fumbled as Serra came out the winner.
“We wanted to go for the win,” Narbonne head coach Manuel Douglas said. “We had a few other opportunities but we couldn’t cash in.”
“Narbonne was a great team we played against,” Serra head coach Scott Altenberg said. “Tate really finished strong. It was one of those games where we had them but Narbonne did not give up. It was crazy.”
Ale also had a fine game. He completed 24 of 31 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns. Cooper caught eight of those passes for 182 yards and four TD’s. Byrd had nine receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Sean Riley led the Gauchos’ rushing with 119 yards on 20 carries.
Serra begins the Mission League at Loyola High in L.A. Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Cubs are 4-0 and are ranked 10th in the CIF-Southern Section PAC Five after routing East L.A. Salesian 52-22 last Friday. The Cavaliers are currently eighth in the PAC Five.
Narbonne visits Paramount at the same time. The Pirates are 2-2.
Defense carries Redondo over West: Redondo’s stingy defense and the passing combination of quarterback Jacob Silvera and 6-foot-5 wide receiver Warren Jackson keyed the Sea Hawks over host West Torrance 14-3 in non-league action Friday.
The game was a defensive battle. In the first half, both offenses struggled as the Warriors managed to grab a 3-0 halftime advantage on a 31-yard field goal by Denver Silverlake.
The second half saw things open up for Redondo, which proved its unbeaten record to 4-0. The Silvera-Jackson combination was successful on three plays that set up the Sea Hawks grabbing their first lead at 7-3 on running back Dallas Branch’s 3-yard touchdown run midway in the third quarter.
Later in the period, a bad snap by West on a punt gave Redondo the ball on the Warrior 30-yard line. A couple of plays later, Silvera tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Jackson, who finished with eight receptions for 70 yards.
Redondo’s defense was led by its line who held down West’s no huddle hurry-up offense, which has aided the Warriors into recent successful seasons. Those included making the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division finals where West lost to Bay League foe Palos Verdes in 2012 and back-to-back Western Division semifinal appearances in 2013 and 2014. Returning first team all-Bay League senior defensive end Cedric Muzick sacked West’s junior quarterback Drake Peabody twice. Jerome Jackson had one interception.
Peabody managed to complete 18 of 30 passes for 135 yards and one interception. He rushed for 23 yards.
The Sea Hawks will put their unbeaten record into an extremely stiff test against powerful Mission Viejo Friday at 7 p.m. at Redondo. The Diablos are also 4-0 and one of the top teams in California. Last Friday, host Mission Viejo rolled over Norco 37-13. The Diablos are head coached by former Redondo student and football player Bob Johnson, who graduated from there in 1966. His starting quarterback is his grandson, Brock, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns against Norco. Last year at Mission Viejo, the Sea Hawks had a strong defensive effort but lost 19-5. Redondo hopes that will continue that outstanding effort on Friday. The Sea Hawks are ranked second in the Southern Section Western Division, while the Warriors are fifth. Mission Viejo is the top ranked team in the West Valley Division, considered the second toughest behind the prestigious PAC Five.
After rolling to easy wins over struggling Culver City and Inglewood, and the loss to Redondo, West will have its second consecutive tough game at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa Friday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are 3-0 and ranked No. 3 in the Western Division, behind top rated Calabasas and No. 2 Redondo, after an impressive 36-8 win over Trabuco Hills last Friday at Mira Costa.
Lawndale routs Leuzinger: After losing its season opener to South Torrance 33-21 on Sept. 4 at Lawndale, the Cardinals bounced back with two straight wins that included a stunning 35-19 home upset over Encino Crespi on Sept. 11 and remaining at home to roll over cross town rival Leuzinger 42-14 last Friday at Lawndale.
The Cardinals have been sparked by fourth year starting quarterback Chris Murray but had fine performances from others. Last Friday, Lawndale went to its ground game behind Zach Cooper and Bryant Perkinson. Cooper rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Perkinson ran for 145 yards and two TD’s on eight carries.
Two of Cooper’s touchdowns were on 64-yard runs. Perkinson had a 56-yard scoring run.
Lawndale (2-1) held a 42-0 lead early in the third quarter before the Olympians scored two touchdowns. The Olympians’ first TD came with 8:30 remaining in the third period on a 39-yard pass from quarterback Malik Jackson to sophomore receiver Andre Hunt. Leuzinger’s final score was on Jackson’s 70-yard pass to Talip Culpepper.
The Cardinals will seek their third consecutive victory as they visit Peninsula High in Rolling Hills Estates Friday at 3 p.m. The Panthers are 1-2 after getting their first win over Torrance 13-7 Friday at Peninsula.
Leuzinger is 0-3 and has an off week before its annual Mayor’s Cup rivalry against Hawthorne on Oct. 2 at Leuzinger. The Cougars are also 0-3 after falling to Wilmington Banning 47-6 on Friday at Hawthorne.
Last Week’s Results: Serra 41, Narbonne 40 (Overtime); Redondo 14, West Torrance 3; El Segundo 42, Bishop Montgomery 30; North Torrance 49, Nordhoff 0; Lawndale 42, Leuzinger 14; Palos Verdes 17, Foothill 7; Banning 47, Hawthorne 6; San Pedro 44, Culver City 33; Paramount 21, Carson 6; Peninsula 13, Torrance 7; Gardena 28, North Hollywood 21; Mira Costa 36, Trabuco Hills 8; Inglewood 21, Bell 20; South Torrance 43, Rancho Dominguez 27; St. Bernard 20, Animo South L.A. 14; Mary Star 43, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6; Westmark 44, Rolling Hills Prep 18 (Eight-man); Chadwick 52, Animo Leadership 8 (Eight-man).
This Week’s Schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 24: Non-League: Hawthorne vs. Golden Valley at Canyon Country Canyon High, 7 p.m.; North Torrance vs. Inglewood at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25: Mission League: Serra at Loyola, 7:30 p.m.
Non-League: West Torrance at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.; Gardena vs. Morningside at Coleman Stadium, 7 p.m.; Palos Verdes at Carson, 3 p.m.; Mission Viejo at Redondo, 7 p.m.; Mary Star at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.; El Segundo at Torrance, 7 p.m.; Lawndale at Peninsula, 3 p.m.; El Camino Real at Banning, 7 p.m.; Narbonne at Paramount, 7 p.m.; Carpinteria at South Torrance, 7 p.m.; St. Bernard vs. St. Monica at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m.; Harvard-Westlake at Westchester, 7 p.m.; L.A. University at Culver City, 7 p.m.; Animo Robinson vs. Animo Leadership at Locke High (Eight-man), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26: Non-League, Eight-man: Chadwick at Cate, 3 p.m.; Rolling Hills Prep vs. Concordia at El Cariso Park, Sylmar, 6 p.m.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10: 1. Serra (3-1), 2. Narbonne (1-2), 3. Redondo (4-0), 4. Mira Costa (3-0), 5. West Torrance (2-1), 6. North Torrance (3-1), 7. El Segundo (3-0), 8. San Pedro (2-2), 9. Lawndale (2-1), Tied 10. Morningside (3-0) and South Torrance (3-0).