GARDENA-The new look Serra Cavaliers hosted the Lakewood Lancers to open the high school football season Friday night. Serra’s new stars kept their Cavalier spirit up with a 24-6 victory to start the new era. Scott Altenberg Serra’s head coach had his team dialed in to play four quarters of tough football.
The new Cavalier quarterbacks took the helm behind center with two different styles but with equal fire. It was Lakewood’s quarterback Justin Collins who excited the crowd early with a long touchdown strike to Jaylen McDuffie to make it 6-0 in the first quarter. Collins showed off his scrambling ability and his arm throughout the game. But in the end the Cavaliers made more plays with their dual threat, senior signal-caller Caleb Wilson who started the game and went 8 of 13 for 156 yards. In middle of fourth quarter, Wilson’s energy and determination showed through, when the pocket broke to force him to direct traffic before scoring on 18 yard touchdown to secure game 24-6. Backup junior quarterback Khalil Tate, who used his legs more, finished with 92 yards and electrify bootleg where leaped a Lancer before getting in end zone at 7-6 6:34 2nd quarter. The game showed to be great test for both teams only being separated by a single touchdown at the half, 14-6. A turning point of the game was at the 1:33 mark left in the third quarter when Collins fumbled ball on 7 yard line after a great drive. This turnover was huge to come away with no points for all that hard work.
Serra’s defense bent a little but did not break and was led by linebackers John Houston’s 10 tackles and Tysyn Parker’s 11 tackles on the night. This defensive unit will be key to a great season this year with Serra moving up to Pac-5 for the playoffs this year. The Cavaliers games will only get tougher once league play begins. Next Game Friday Sept 5th, Serra (1-0) vs. Bellevue (0-0) in Oceanside, Lakewood (0-1) at Loyola (1-0)