Servite in control from the start against Garfield


NORWALK – It didn’t take long for the fourth-ranked Servite football to apply the knockout blow in its final nonleague tune-up Friday.

The Friars scored on their first four possessions of the game in the first quarter and added to their collection of touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 42-point lead at halftime en route to a 55-0 victory over visiting Garfield (2-3) of Los Angeles at Cerritos College.

“When we played, I think we did some real good things,” Servite coach Scott Meyer said. “Defense obviously got a shutout, and I don’t think they (Garfield) committed many first downs, so a lot of good stuff, but the penalties have been a thorn in our side all year.”

Coming off of last week’s 41-32 victory over Villa Park, the Friars (3-2) displayed a good mix of run and pass in the first half to build the insurmountable lead.

Tyler Lytle opened the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Rae and added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Ford later in the first quarter.

Steven Muise scored on a 16-yard run in the first quarter and Lytle added a 4-yard scoring run late in the first half.

“We came out really strong, putting up 28 (points) in the first quarter,” Lytle said. “We were able to get some of our younger guys in, but we’re really looking forward to (Trinity) league and will start preparing for that over the bye week.

“I’m extremely happy with where we’re at now. We definitely have a lot of room to grow. We’re definitely not at our ceiling yet, which is a great thing, we’re still climbing and we’re going to keep climbing through the bye week.

Julius Irvin returned the action and scored on a 45-yard punt return in the second quarter.

Defensively, the Friars did a great job with linebackers Joe Christensen and Jarrett Wesner applying pressure all night.

Meyer also credited the play of the defensive line in recording the shutout.

After next week’s bye, the intensity ramps up a few more notches as the Friars open league against St. John Bosco of Bellflower.

“I really like where we’re at,” Meyer said. “We’ve liked this team all off-season. They like each other, they play for each other and they’re really Servite guys.”

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