Mission League play opened Friday night with #13 Loyola hosting #8 Serra with the Cubs hoping to do what it couldn’t do last year, which was win a league game after a perfect 4-0 non-league start. Unfortunately for Loyola (4-1, 0-1), the Serra defense had different ideas in a 35-17 win.
The Serra (4-1, 1-0) defense scored two touchdowns in the victory — Pick 6 by Tyler Hall and fumble recovery by Winston Webb. In the quarter, the Cavaliers’ defense forced three turnovers that were converted into points.
Serra quarterback Khalil Tate, an Arizona-recruit, had another big night with 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns, according to the Daily Breeze.
After playing the #3 and #11 teams in the nation over the last two weeks, #15 Orange Lutheran (3-2) rebounded Friday night by knocking-off #6 Vista Murrieta (3-1) 29-14. The Broncos got out to a 6-0 lead that they held until late in the first half. Quarterback LJ Northington‘s 13-yard touchdown pass to Malone Mataele put the Lancers up for good at 10-6.
Related: Video – OLu runs by Vista Murrieta 29-14
In the other battle between teams in the High School Football America/SoCal Top 25, #23 San Juan Hills beat #22 Los Alamitos 54-26. SJH’s quarterback Patrick O’Brien, a Nebraska-recruit, who entered the game completing over 80-percent of his passes was 20-of-26 for 313 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also for a score.
#3 Mater Dei finished-out its non-league schedule with a perfect 5-0 record with a 42-26 win over Edison (2-3). Freshman QB JT Daniels threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Brandon LaMarche scored two touchdowns and rushed for 146 yards.
#4 Bishop Amat (4-1, 1-0) opened Mission League play with a 56-7 thrashing of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Running back Torreahno Sweet racked-up 252 yards on just 15 carries. He scored three touchdowns on the ground, plus one receiving. Sweet caught three balls for 61 yards, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
#5 Mission Viejo (6-0) beat Redondo Union (4-1) 35-16 in a battle of unbeatens. Diablo running back Colin Schooler ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
#7 Alemany (5-0, 0-1) beat Crespi (1-4, 0-1) 18-0 in the Mission League opener for both teams. The Warrior defense limited the Celts to 121 yards in total offense. Alemany sealed the win when Marcel Myers returned a fumble late in the game for a 70-yard touchdown.
#9 Long Beach Poly topped Long Beach Wilson (3-2, 0-1) 67-30 in the Moore League opener for both squads. Poly (3-1, 1-0) head coach Antonio Pierce again decided to start Nolan McDonald over 5-star recruit Malik Henry at quarterback. Both QB’s played well with both tossing two touchdown passes. Henry, a Florida State-recruit, also ran for one in this rivalry game that dates back over 80 years.
Jackrabbit wide receiver Jack Jones had eight receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
#10 Oaks Christian buried Birmingham (2-3) 55-7 behind three interceptions by Lee Pitts. OC improved to 5-0 with sophomore quarterback Matthew Corral throwing for 337 yards and four touchdowns. USC-recruit Michael Pittman, Jr. caught nine balls for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
#11 Narbonne beat Paramount 54-6 behind Kameron Denmark‘s four rushing touchdowns. The Gauchos are now 2-2 with the two losses coming by a total of four points to #8 Serra and #9 Long Beach Poly. Dominic Peterson had three sacks for Narbonne, plus a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
#12 JSerra (5-0) got out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looked back in its game against St. Paul (3-2). Avery Williams, who only played in the first half, ran for 90 yards on just seven carries. He had two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard punt return in the 42-7 victory.
#17 St. Bonaventure survived a scare against Hart. The Seraphs led 42-38 when Brock Williams caught what appeared to be the game-winning pass for a touchdown as time expired, according to the Daily News. However, offensive pass interference was called. The Indians had one more shot, but Hart’s Hail Mary pass was picked-off.
#18 Westlake (4-1) dominated Domiguez 35-7. Grant Bunker was 18 of 25 passing for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
#19 Santa Margarita (4-1) bounced back from last week’s loss to Westlake by beating King 56-7. Dylan Crawford had 102 yards receiving as Stanford-recruit KJ Costello tossed for 204 yards and two TDs. Costello also ran for a score.
#20 Norco (3-1) got past Citrus Hill (3-2) 31-28 in a game that had four lead changes.
#24 Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) rolled past La Serna 59-21. Aaron Manning accounted for 228 yards in total offense with four touchdowns, according to the Daily Bulletin.
#25 Redlands East Valley (3-1) shutout Carter 50-0. Joey Harman rushed for 191 yards and four scores.
Still to come today, #2 St. John Bosco will play New Jersey-power St. Peter’s Prep with kickoff set for 2:30 Pacific Time.
High School Football America/SoCal Top 25 Scoreboard
#1 Corona Centennial Huskies – Idle
#2 St. John Bosco Braves at St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey), Saturday
#3 Mater Dei Monarchs beat Edison 42-26
#4 Bishop Amat Lancers beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 56-7
#5 Mission Viejo Diablos beat Redondo Union 35-16
#6 Vista Murrieta Broncos lost to #15 Orange Lutheran 29-14
#7 Alemany Warriors beat Crespi 18-0
#8 Serra Cavaliers beat #13 Loyola 35-17
#9 Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits beat Long Beach Wilson 67-30
#10 Oaks Christian Lions beat Birmingham 55-7
#11 Narbonne Gauchos beat Paramount 54-6
#12 JSerra Lions beat St. Paul 42-7
#13 Loyola Cubs lost to #8 Serra (Gardena) 31-17
#14 Tesoro Titans beat Corona del Mar 45-31
#15 Orange Lutheran Lancers beat #6 Vista Murrieta 29-14
#16 Chaminade Eagles – Idle
#17 St. Bonaventure Seraphs beat Hart 42-38
#18 Westlake Warriors beat Dominguez 35-7
#19 Santa Margarita Eagles beat King 56-7
#20 Norco Cougars beat Citrus Hill 31-28
#21 La Habra Highlanders beat Colony 49-6
#22 Los Alamitos Griffins lost to #23 San Juan Hills 54-26
#23 San Juan Hills Stallions beat #22 Los Alamitos 54-26
#24 Rancho Cucamonga Cougars beat La Serna 59-21
#25 Redlands East Valley Wildcats beat Carter 50-0