CERRITOS – Servite cruised to a 47-14 win over Villa Park on Friday in a nonleague game at Cerritos College.
Villa Park scored on its first possession, after a Zech Holifield interception put the Spartans at the Servite 6-yard line. The Spartans scored on their final possession. In between, it was all Servite.
Friars senior quarterback TJ McMahon threw three touchdown passes and ran for two others. Titus Toler returned an interception 38 yards for a Servite touchdown. David Hernandez rushed for 84 yards and touchown.
Lincoln Duran, Delon Hurt and Trent McDuffie had touchdown receptions. McDuffie also had an interception.
And, important to Servite coach Scott Meyer, the Friars had a low penalty count – five flags for 45 yards. Last week, in a 52-24 win over Roosevelt of Eastvale, Servite was penalized 16 times for 166 yards.
“Much better than it has been,” Meyer said. “We’ve been stressing it and working on it. We still had a few but it was much better than it’s been the last three weeks.”
Meyer also liked the way his team handled Villa Park’s offense, which has plenty of power and finesse.
“Defensively, I thought well played well all night against a physical Villa Park team,” Meyer said.
Servite, ranked No. 6 in Orange County, No. 10 in CIF-Southern Section Division 1 and No. 15 in California, is 4-0. The Friars play at Garfield of Los Angeles in a nonleague game next Friday. They Friars play their Trinity League opener against JSerra with a home game at Cerritos College on Oct. 6.
Villa Park, No. 13 in O.C. and No. 6 in CIF-SS Division 3, plays El Modena next Friday in a nonleague game at El Modena High. The Spartans, who play in the four-team Crestview League, plays their first league game Oct. 19 against Foothill at Tustin High.
After Holifield’s interception, on which he batted down a pass then pulled it in, Villa Park scored on a 1-yard run by Anthony Hakai.
Servite tied it on a 2-yard run by McMahon. They took the lead for good late in the first quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from McMahon to McDuffie.
Then came an onslaught of Servite scoring: a 26-yard run by McMahon that made it 20-7 at halftime; Duran’s 29-yard scoring reception; Hurt’s 35-yard touchdown catch; Toler’s interception return; and Hernandez’ 22-yard run.