Game Preview: Serra at Cathedral

This is a match up of the Northwestern Division #4 & # 6 Teams and Del Rey League two best teams with the winner almost a lock for the League Title.

Serra Cavaliers (Gardena, CA), Del Rey League (Tied for #1) @ Cathedral Phantoms (Los Angeles, CA), Del Rey League (Tied for #1)

Kickoff: October 14, 2006, 7:00 PM

Head Coaches:

Serra: Scott Altenberg

Cathedral: Kevin Pearson

 

Serra is currently 4-1 after having played Palos Verdes Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) L 30-42, North (Torrance, CA) W 16-0, Torrance (CA) W 28-6, Redondo (Redondo Beach, CA) W 17-7 and South (Torrance, CA) W 28-16.   Serra has 141 runs for 951 yards (6.75 avg.) 6 TD's & 64 completions in 97 attempts (66%) for 915 (9.4 yards per throw) yards 7 TD's.  They are pretty equally balance in the run to pass ratio and effective at both.  Their defense is giving up a respectable 14.2 points per game (average of 2 sacks per game) and their offense is scoring 23.8 per game.  They are a very athletic team.

 

By comparison, last year Team 1 was 7-5 and lost in the 2nd round of the State Playoffs to St. Joseph (Santa Maria, CA) L 14-20 after beating Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)  49-14.  They ran 438 times and threw 136 times, they have migrated their personality from a run team last year to a balanced team this year.

  

These teams played last year with Serra winning 34-7.  Serra had 44 runs for 237 yards & Returning QB Brent McCloud had 9 completions in 14 attempts for 84 yards.

 

Cathedral is currently 4-1 after having lossed only to an undefeated team from Oak Park (CA) L 26-34, Roosevelt (Los Angeles, CA) W 30-6, Franklin (Los Angeles, CA) W 38-8, Westchester (Los Angeles, CA) W 32-20 and a tough Alemany (Mission Hills, CA) W 28-27.  Their stats are not complete but they show 124 runs for 922 yards (7.44 avg.) 13 TD's & 34 completions in 72 attempts (47.2%) for 543 yards 2 Int's 2 Td's.  So they are a run oriented team.  Cathedral is giving up 19 Points per game (this is a little high) and offensively they are scoring 30.8, which can make up for the 19 points on Defense.  Their Defense has 7 Int's and 8 Sacks.  They are also a very athletic team

 

Last year they were 6 5 and lost in the 1st round of the State Playoffs to Lompoc (CA) L 3-22.  They ran 270 times and threw 242 times, so they were more balanced last year. Their Defense however gave up 24.5 points per game.

 

In this match up last year Cathedral had 28 runs for 99 yards & 5 completions in 15 attempts for 85 yards.  So they have the same run personality this year that they played with in this same game last year.

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Serra

  • 6'0 179 Sophomore QB Anthony Carpenter is one of two effective QBs and has only played 3 games but has 35 completions in 48 attempts (72.9%) for 500 yards & 5 TD's, along with being the #2 Rusher with a 13.17 run average.  Anthony is an excellent decision maker and a super runner.
  • 5'10" 183 Junior Returning QB Brent McCloud is the second of the two QB an has 29 completion in 49 attempts (59%) for 415 yards & 2 TD's.  He is also the #3 Rusher with 16 carries for 95 yards (5.9 avg.) 2 TD's.  Last year he had 50 completions in 96 attempts (52%) for 777 yards 9 Ints 10 TD's.
  • 6'3" 193 two year playmaker Senior WR Anthony Boyles is the #1 Receiver with 24 catches for 422 yards (17.58 avg.) 4 TDs.  Defenses do not want him to get the ball because he can take it to the house at any time.  This is a TD every 6 catches.   Last Year he was the #3 Receiver with 13 catches for 135 yards (10.4 avg.) 1 TD & #2 in Sacks with 6.  Anthony is a legitimate Saturday Player.
  • 5'7" 204 multi-talented Sophomore RB Carl Winston is the #1 Rusher with 86 carries for 501 yards (5.8 avg.) 2 TD's & the #2 Receiver with 17 catches for 145 yards (8.53 avg.)
  • 6'4" 265 two way playmaker TE/DL Dajohn Harris is the #3 Receiver with 8 catches for 129 yards (16.1 avg.) 3 TD's.  Dajohn is also the #5 Tackler with 25

Defensively Playmakers

 

  • 6'2" 201 Senior LB Jeremy Wicker is the #1 Tackler with 43
  • 5'10" 197 Senior LB Sione Folau is the #2 Tackler with 38
  • 5'11" 174 Senior DB Remmington Wilson is the #3 Tackler with 30.  Last year he was the #2 Receiver with 9 catches for 199 yards 3 TD's
  • 6'0" 203 Senior LB Sean Hurd is the #4 Tackler with 30
  • 6'3" 263 Sophomore OL/DL Sione Tuihalamaka is #1 Sacks with 4 

The Offensive Line is averages 282 and is lead by

  • 6'2" 323 Senior Travon Jackson
  • 6'1" 287 Sophomore Tavita Veikoso
  • 6'1" 272 Senior Stephon Guidroz
  • 6'1" 271 Junior Rudolpho Gomez
  • 6'0" 270 Senior David Faatagi
  • 6'0" 269 Senior Juan Amezcua 

Cathedral:

 

  • 5'10" 170 Junior QB Thomas De La Cruz has 28 completions in 63 attempts (44.4 avg.) for 448 yards 2 Int's 1 TD.  Last year he was the #2 Rusher with 88 carries for 636 yards (7.23 avg.) 2 TD's. Last year as the backup he had 14 completions in 27 attempts (51.9%) for 282 yards 4 TD's.
  • 6'0" 200 returning playmaker RB Glen Carrera is the #1 Rusher with 44 carries for 368 yards (8.36 avg) 5 TD's.  Last year he was the #2 ruhsher with 88 carries for 636 yards (7.23 avg.) 2 TD's & the #3 Receiver with 32 catches for 248 yards (7.75 avg.).
  • 5'11" 170 Sophomore returning playmaker RB Randall Carroll is the #2 Rusher with 25 carries for 181 yards (7.24 avg.) 1 TD & the #2 Receiver with 6 catches for 86 yards (14.3 avg.).  Last year he was the #3 Rusher with 31 carries for 327 yards (10.55 yards) 1 TD 
  • 5'9" Senior RB Anthony Pines is the #3 Rusher with 24 carries for 174 yards (7.25 avg.) 1 TD
  • 5'11" 205 Senior RB/LB Walter Robinson, II is the #4 Rusher with 7 carries for 70 yards (10. avg.) 3 TD's.  He is also the #1 Tackler averaging 5.6 Tackles per game and #1 in Sacks
  • 5'11" 175 Junior WR Gary Anderson in the #1 Receiver has 6 catches for 154 yards (25.67 avg.) 1 TD.

 

Defensively Playmakers

  • 5'10" 220 Junior LB Joshua Nevarez in the #2 Tackler averaging 5.3 tackles per game.

 

The Offensive Line is big and is lead by

My Final Thoughts:  Serra is very athletic and has many offensive playmakers.  This means they can get first downs and score in a hurry.  On the defensive side they will be using their athletes to stop the run and if they do Cathedral will be forced into an uncomfortable passing style of play.  Cathedral now has the chance to step up and show their heart for the prize.  They will run the ball with their break away runners and if this does not work they have the ability to show a spread offense.  With their speed this second personality can be dangerous for the spread out defense.  If you like athletes get to this game.

 


 

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