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OCVarsity Kickoff '16: Servite preview

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OCVarsity’s team preview for 2016:

SERVITE FRIARS

Coach: Scott Meyer

Last season: 4-6 overall, 2-3 league

Scouting report: Scott Meyer’s second season as Friars coach could be a high-scoring one. He counts the offensive skill-position players, led by Colorado-committed senior quarterback Tyler Lytle, to be a Servite strong suit although last year’s top offensive player, 2015 All-Trinity League first-team receiver Terrell Bynum, transferred to St. John Bosco. “Tyler’s gotten bigger and stronger,” Meyer said. “He’s improved a lot in every area and he’s taken control of the offense.” The foundation for every offense, though, is the offensive line. Senior center Christian Labow was all-league second team last year. Beyond Labow, though, Meyer is not certain how adept that Friars unit will be. “If we play well there we’ll have a chance to have a really good year,” he said. The defense has one of the county’s better defensive backs, senior cornerback Keith Taylor, who committed to Washington. Servite’s nonleague schedule is not as insanely rugged as it has been in recent years, but it still is formidable with Bishop Amat of La Puente, De La Salle of Concord and Villa Park providing the opposition for three straight weeks in September. We’ll know a lot more about Servite after those three games.

Bottom line: As usual, Servite will give it 100 percent for every second of the game. That might not be enough to compensate for what looks like a talent gap between the Friars and the Trinity League’s better teams.

Players to watch: Tyler Lytle, QB, Sr.; Christian Labow, OL, Sr.; Keith Taylor, DB, Sr.; Jarrett Wesner, Servite, LB

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