CERRITOS – Villa Park has played an unusual schedule.
And not played it, too.
The Spartans opened the season Aug. 18 in Hawaii with a 14-6 win over Damien of Honolulu. They took the following week off, then beat Redondo, 28-21, before another off week in which they were not, by CIF rules, allowed to practice in pads.
Now, they encounter the most challenging game on their regular-season schedule. No. 13 Villa Park (2-0) plays No. 6 Servite (3-0) on Friday at Cerritos College.
“It’s been a weird start,” Ancich said. “We had the big Hawaii trip, which was fantastic for our program. Then we came back, had to ease off on the kids, not overdo stuff and not watch too much video and just try to keep football fun.”
Some of that fun was taken away from Ancich during the Redondo game. His son, Hunter Ancich, suffered a knee injury that was serious enough to perhaps curtail the senior’s season.
Ancich was a do-it-all player. He was an outstanding safety, the position for which Ancich is being recruited by UC San Diego and Ivy League schools, a reliable receiver and the team’s punter and kicker. He could play quarterback, too, if required.
Villa Park could sure use him Friday. Servite is ranked No. 10 in CIF-Southern Section Division 1 and No. 15 in California by CalHiSports.com. The Friars are averaging 42 points a game.
Servite senior quarterback TJ McMahon has completed 33 of 64 passes for 604 yards and five touchdowns. He also is the team’s leading rusher with 344 yards and four touchdowns, and is averaging 10 yards a carry.
Servite’s Delon Hurt is among county receiving leaders with 21 receptions for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
The Spartans are ranked No. 6 in CIF-SS Division 3. Junior quarterback Paul Piferi has completed 26 of 51 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns. His chief target has been Dylan Bonilla who has 15 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
Anthony Hakai and Anthony Talavera have shared the rushing load. Talavera has rushed for 154 yards on 33 carries. Hakai has 117 yards on 24 attempts.
Villa Park might be helped Friday by the debut of two new players – linebacker/running back Zechariah Holifield and multi-purpose Marcus Johnson. Holifield transferred from Centennial of Corona and Johnson moved in from Corona last month.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 13, Holifield had been declared athletically eligible at Villa Park, while Johnson’s transfer was being processed by the CIF-SS office.
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