Calhoun Countdown: Servite showing no fear


In case you haven’t heard, Servite’s nonleague schedule is a bit tough this season.

This week it gets real … again.

The Friars travel to perennial power and six-time CIF State heavyweight champion De La Salle. That’s never an easy trip to make, especially when you’re coming off of a 28-10 defeat the week before as the Friars are.

Servite coach Scott Meyer is looking forward to it.

“That’s a great trip,” Meyer said. “Not a lot of schools have the opportunity to go from Southern California up to play De La Salle, a storied program.

“We’re going to get better and we’re excited to head up north and give it our best shot.”

De La Salle opened the season with a 26-21 loss to Trinity of Euless, Texas. Last week, the Spartans defeated Serra of San Mateo, 37-21.

After two weeks, it is still uncertain about what type of team Servite will be. Coming off of the offensive explosion against Fountain Valley, the offense never got on track against the Lancers.

The most success the offense had was in the two tight end formation, with three backs in the backfield.

“We played hard until the finish,” Meyer said. “We played pretty physical when we got in that two-tight end formation and we pounded them a little bit and our defense played hard.”

Here is the rest of the Calhoun Countdown

My vote in this week’s O.C. Top 10

1. Mater Dei; 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Los Alamitos; 6. JSerra; 7. La Habra; 8. Tesoro; 9. Servite; 10. San Juan Hills.

Hear the Lions roar

Westminster Lions might be in a rebuilding year with just three starters returning, but give them credit for fighting and battling their way to a 27-26 upset victory over Garden Grove last week.

The Lions capped the victory with fourth-quarter touchdowns from Isayah Anderson and Matt Dinh.

Early trouble for the champs?

Admit it you also thought Garden Grove would defeat Westminster last week. Looking ahead to this week, could the Argonauts be in serious trouble of falling to 0-2? Garden Grove hosts Woodbridge this week.

The Warriors have defeated the Argonauts twice in the last three seasons. Will it be three in four? You never know what to expect on a weekly basis.

The Asylum Takeover

The trip to La Puente is a tricky one for anyone coming from the O.C., especially on a Friday evening. I encountered some traffic problems and I live approximately 25 minutes away.

The Asylum didn’t have any trouble making the drive and again proved why when it comes to student sections, no one and I mean no one touches The Asylum. And that’s the bottom line.

The Real American Hero (for Week 1)

Cole McDonald, Sonora. McDonald is a two-way threat for the Raiders and that was on display against Brea Olinda. He carried the ball 12 times for 180 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also completed 10 of 18 passes for 191 yards and two more scores.

The Countdown Showdown of the Week

No. 2 Mission Viejo (3-0) at No. 8 La Habra (2-0). The Diablos, led by quarterback Brock Johnson, are averaging 48.6 points a game. The Highlanders have scored 90 points in two games. Something has to give, right?

The player to watch this week

KJ Costello, Santa Margarita. You should keep an eye on Costello every week. To say the senior QB is off to a good start would be an understatement. Costello has completed 38 of 54 passes (70.4 percent) with 773 yards and eight touchdowns.

Next up on his hit list: Dorsey.

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