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Fryer on football: JSerra wins are no yawning matter
JSerra folks were certain that the team’s 35-7 win over Sacramento in Week 0 was significant.
Many yawned at that.
Well, Sacramento this past week beat Folsom, which was No. 8 in the California top 25 provided by CalHiSports.com. The Lions knocked off the state’s No. 7 team, Vista Murrieta, on Thursday night.
JSerra has many non-seniors at important positions. That’s usually not the preferred arrangement for a team that belongs to the Trinity League, as does JSerra. But these Lions are fast and they are physical when they get to the ball-carrier, the receiver or the quarterback.
The Lions play Los Alamitos on Thursday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. That’s the stadium with seating on only one side, the west side, and a press box that is higher Disneyland’s Matterhorn.
Los Alamitos, with three wins in a row since its one-touchdown loss to Long Beach Poly, is an equally interesting team. That looks like the Orange County game of the week.
After that game, JSerra has what will be a much-welcomed bye week before opening Trinity League play on Oct. 7 against Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College.
WHAT A LEAGUE
Think about it: JSerra and Servite were picked by league coaches to be the bottom two teams among the six teams in the Trinity League. And we’ve just seen JSerra handle the state’s No. 7 team one week after Servite lost by one point to then-No. 1 in California, De La Salle of Concord.
The Trinity League always is strong. This might be, from top to bottom and depth-wise, the best the league has been.
Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich has no beef with the Spartans’ 2014 team, although he fears some general comments published Saturday might give that impression.
Like most coaches, Ancich loves all of his teams, but sometimes team chemistry is better in some years than in others. That ’14 Villa Park team had it together enough to go undefeated in the Crestview League and finish 9-3.
Orange County football had a strong schedule of games last week. This week is not as good. But it’s still good.
In addition to the JSerra-Los Alamitos game, this week brings us the annual Mater Dei-Edison game. Mater Dei is going to be a large favorite in that one. But if the Monarchs believe they are invincible and come out flat, and Edison takes care of the football and gets some early-game confidence, it could be a fun game.
This week also starts a run of cross-league games in the Century Conference. Some of those cross-league games should be good ones.
The Century Conference is a grouping of eight northeasterly Orange County schools: Brea Olinda, Canyon, El Dorado, El Modena, Esperanza, Foothill, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. They are divided into the Century Conference’s Crestview and North Hills leagues, with league membership differing from sport to sport and the Crestview has the better four of the sport’s eight teams.
This week, O.C. No. 20 Brea Olinda (3-0) of the North Hills League plays No. 17 Foothill (2-1) of the Crestview on Thursday. No. 10 Villa Park (2-1) of the Crestview plays No. 23 El Modena (3-0) of the North Hills, the North Hills’ El Dorado (2-1 and the winner of two in a row for the first time in a while) plays No. 21 Yorba Linda (3-0) of the Crestview, and Canyon (0-3) plays Esperanza (1-2).
Sunny Hills, 3-0, scoring 44 points a game and with Alex Jung averaging 197 yards rushing a game, plays Kennedy. Kennedy is 2-2, with the losses by only five and seven points, respectively, to undefeated Katella and El Modena.
Katella (4-0) plays at Ocean View (3-1) on Friday.
After a bye week, the Knights begin Orange League play and they look good enough to go 5-0 in league. Non-Katella Orange League teams are a cumulative 4-13.
Katella could be 10-0 when they go into the CIF-Southern Section Division 11 playoffs.
SANTA ANA’S “OTHER” TEAM
Santa Ana is 4-0 and has its best team in a few years. But another Santa Ana team is undefeated, too, and we’re not talking about Mater Dei.
Segerstrom is 4-0 after a 35-29 win over west-side-of-the-city rival Godinez last week before a standing-room-only crowd at Segerstrom.
Joseph Tagaloa was promoted from assistant coach to coach after Mike Maceranka left Segerstrom to coach at Maceranka’s alma mater, Laguna Hills.
It could be a great battle for the Golden West League championship. League members Santa Ana and Segerstrom are undefeated and so is Orange (4-0), which might have its best team in several years. Segerstrom plays Orange at El Modena High on Oct. 14, and Segerstrom-Santa Ana is at Santa Ana Stadium on Oct. 28.
In CIF-SS Division 1, the coaches who vote on that division’s top 10 have Bishop Amat at No. 10 and JSerra at No. 6. JSerra is terrific, but the Lions lost to Bishop Amat. Amat also beat Servite, which two weeks ago almost beat De La Salle.
In Division 3, Los Alamitos and Villa Park are Nos. 9 and 10 respectively, and both should be higher than No. 4 Buena Park.
St. Margaret’s (3-1) is at No. 3 in Division 7 in which Tustin (3-1) is No. 9. It should be the other way around.
People criticize the Orange County top 25, too, so we know how it feels.
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