The stage was set for the two football super powers in the South Bay. The Serra Cavaliers came in and revenged last year loss by beating the Narbonne Gauchos 36-13 Friday night. Serra did what they have done in their first four games of season, play hard and overcome miscues, while flooring the gas pedal.
As expected the human highlight reel-Serra’a Adoree’ Jackson-gave the fans a show with a 63-yard fake punt in the second quarter that he ran down to the five yard line on a fourth and 21 situation from the Cavaliers’ own 32-yard line.
“The game was to close for me,” Jackson said. It was time to boost the atmosphere of the offense and the crowd. Our defense was already holding it down.”
Jackson added two touchdowns in the third quarter, a simple 5-yard run with 6:14 in the period that gave Serra a 23 -point lead (29-6). That was after Jackson’s electrifying 102-yard interception return for a touchdown that stopped a Gauchos’ drive at the 7:34 mark, which made it a 14-point swing in the game.
I know every team that has or will play Serra this year has a game plan to stop Jackson, but ask the Gauchos who will say it’s a lot harder than you think. Narbonne kept Jackson bottled up from his running back position early, but he hurt them as a punter, punt returner, slot receiver and defensive back. After the game we asked Jackson what is the plan for going into a bye week before Mission League play.
Jackson said he was going to chill.
“Get some rest, and 4 H’s stay (Hungry – Humble – Happy –Healthy),” said Jackson.
Both quarterbacks had their own troubles, Jalen Greene of Serra threw two picks which is very uncharacteristic for the normally solid all-star performer. Narbonne’s Eban Jackson, in his second game back after breaking a part in his hand in their season opener, showed a little rust with five fumbles from the shotgun formation.
Jackson’s non-throwing hand was bandaged up with extra padding that made holding the football a big task.
Narbonne will not face a team with so many weapons in the Marine League like the Cavaliers. So look for this team to continue to get better and be in the City playoffs later this year. Marcus Nicholas, who had an interception for a touchback to end half and keep his team in striking distance, will have a lot to say about that.
Serra took on a tough non-conference schedule again this year to prepare themselves for league play and the postseason, including a possible return to a State Bowl game. The Cavaliers’ solid defense and explosive offense will be giving teams fits for rest of the year.
Serra (5- 0) will travel to Harvard-Westlake (4-0) on Oct 11th. Narbonne (3-2) will host Banning (3-2) Oct 11th.