Servite Bounces back, faces Edison

Huntington Beach Edison had it pretty easy when it defeated Anaheim Servite 28-13 in a non league game on September 23. Since then Servite (8-3) has rebounded to give Orange Lutheran its only loss of the season

Huntington Beach Edison had it pretty easy when it defeated Anaheim Servite 28-13 in a non league game on September 23.

 

Since then Servite (8-3) has rebounded to give Orange Lutheran its only loss of the season, and took the steam out of Santa Margarita 36-16. Those victories were good enough to earn the Friars one of the most prestigious crowns in Southern California---the Trinity League championship.

 

Servite and Edison both lost to Mater Dei by a touchdown, which is nothing to be ashamed about.

 

Many developments have occured in two months, so that early contest can be lightly considered when the Chargers travel to El Modena High on Friday for a rematch with the Friars, this time the stakes are the PAC-5 Division quarterfinals.

 

Servite has found a way to win close games and with 3-year starting QB Dan Klein at the helm, have a leader who has been successful in front of crowds up to 20,000. "Dan has played in some very good games for us and nothing seems to phase him," said Friar coach Troy Thomas. Klein has a combined 18 TD this season.

 

Servite has lost one running back after another and has used linebacker Chris Galippo at fullback. Greg Portis and Richard Gonzales have not put up big numbers, but do follow the Friars' precise blocking schemes.

 

While Edison's junior QB Nick Crissman has the best passing stats in Orange County, he has not experienced the pressure at this level.

 

Another glaring downside for Edison was a thorough 38-0 pasting administered to them by Anaheim Esperanza in Sunset League action, costing Edison the league championship.

 

This game will not lack in skill and the ability to read the field. Crissman has completed 177 passes with most of his 20 TD going to either Dominque Vinson or Hunter White, who have caught 55 and 54 passes.

 

Unlike Servite, the Chargers have key players playing the entire game, including the all-league cornerback Vinson, and White at linebacker. Edison has intercepted 17 passes this season.

 

Senior all-league lineman Martin Coleman also plays offense and defense and at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, is a talented and imposing figure on the Chargers line. Earnie Sagiao has played solid all season at linebacker.

 

It's no secret that Edison will pass, but Cessare Nieto, Areseo Lakey and Devon Bahrami have combined to run for 16 TD.

 

Servite will attempt to contain the Chargers passing game with an all-star cast of DB's in Matthew Flanagan, Mickey Moses, Conner Daley and Garrett Pendergast. USC recruit Galippo is turning in another All-CIF year at linebacker. Servite's front line is smaller that Edison's.

 

Thomas did not mention that he lost returning league MVP D.J. Shoemate to a leg injury early in the season. The loss of Shoemate, who signed and will play wide receiver at USC next season, seemed to create an urgency in the Servite offensive line.

 

Offensive line play is hard to see, although Edison will see the big Servite "O" at close distance. If the Friars wear their name jerseys, they will read Matthew Kalil, Garrett Pendergast, Mike Snitzler, Stuart Hein, Sean Fryer, and Jon Cline.

 

Still, Edison has proven that it has the skill to defeat Servite, but that Friar offensive line has grown a lot since September and that should be the difference.

 

Servite employed Flanagan, primarily a defender, into its offense in the Friars 46-7 opening round win against Long Beach Wilson.

 

Edison got a big ground game from Lakey in its 35-13 playoff win last week against Encino  Crespi.  


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