Game Preview: Servite vs Junipero Serra High

A crowd of around 6,000 is expected at the Saddleback College Stadium

Members of the JSerra football team will look back on the past as they continue to build a successful athletic program. These days are going to start getting painful beginning on Friday when the upstart Lions from San Juan Capistrano attempt to make a game of it with Anaheim Servite.

A crowd of around 6,000 is expected at the Saddleback College Stadium and hopefully there will be plenty of emergency medical technicians, because JSerra (1-3) will need them.

It was just a year ago that JSerra was getting romped by the likes of Riverside's California School for the Deaf, and was struggling just to compete against small schools as a freelance team.

Whoever lobbied to get JSerra into the Trinity League with some of the giants of SoCal prep football, had some mighty big pull, but afterall, the CIF is in the money-making business and JSerra has it.

Servite (4-2, 1-0 Trinity League) pulled off a shocking win against Orange Lutheran 28-21 in double OT last week and are led by 3-year starting QB Daniel Klein and defensive leaders Bryce Basehart and Jacob Welch.

The Friars also feature line backer Chris Gallipo, who will play at USC next year, and DB's Mickey Moses, Matthew Flanagan, and Garrett Pendergast.

Servite lost its season opener to Corona Santiago and lost two weeks later to Huntington Beach Edison.

"Minus the first game, we have played very well and have maintained confidence in ourselves," said Friars' second-year coach Troy Thomas, who was named OC coach-of-year as a rookie at Servite.

Thomas said he is impressed with his QB Klein. "He has played in some very big games and has experience playing with a lot of noise. Nothing seems to phase him."

Klein scored 3 TD's against Orange Lutheran, including a 14-yard bootleg in the second OT for the win. Klein has accumulated 763 yards, with 5 TD passes and has rushed for another seven. Friar tailback Greg Portis averages 7 yards per carry, and has 3 TD's.

To its credit, JSerra did give a decent Costa Mesa Estancia team a game, and led 33-14 early, before losing 34-33.

The Lions defeated Huntington Beach Brethren Christian 47-22 in nonleague action. Joseph Cappelletti (the son) totaled 190 yards and scored on a 48-yard run and a 78-yard reception and freshman Xavier Edwards added another 80 yards on 5 carries, TD.

JSerra has two big-play defenders in Casey O'Hara and Adam McCanna and can also get scoring from strong-armed QB San Inman, who can find Mikhail Marinovich (the brother) for a 12-yard average.

JSerra should have been groomed through the "minors" before being rushed into the "majors" and for this young team to have to face what the next four weeks will present, could be labeled criminal.

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