Between series, Khalil Tate wasn't up cheering on his Gardena Serra teammates or studying pictures and film of the opposition. Instead, he was swaddled in jackets and blankets. There was a chill in the air, but Tate was battling the flu.
Tate wasn't 100 percent. However, he still was the Cavaliers' primary offensive threat.
He performed his Houdini act in the backfield on numerous occasions, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. But Chaminade was able to keep Tate from making big plays with his arm, holding him to his second lowest passing total this season, 80 yards on 9-of-18 passing with one touchdown and a game-sealing pick-six interception. Chaminade's ability to corral Tate enabled the Eagles to hand him his first loss of the season.
After the game, Tate said he played "decent" despite his illness, but thought the loss could be good for Serra to help them refocus before heading into the playoffs.
"It shows that we're still growing as a team. We have a lot of veterans but at times we act kind of immature. But I think this is a great learning lesson because although we had the eight game winning streak, we took a loss. I think that's a good chip on our shoulder going into playoffs because then we know that's how it feels to lose."