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Servite defense slams the door on Edison
The top-ranked Friars intercept two second-half passes and knock Favreau out of the contest as they beat the No. 3 Chargers, 16-9.
NORWALK - Servite's defense continued to play like an elite unit Friday.
The top-ranked Friars intercepted two second-half passes and collected four sacks en route to a 16-9 victory against No. 3 Edison at Cerritos College.
Servite (4-0), led by linebackers Butch Pauu and Matt Inman, has allowed only 23 points in four games.
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Edison (3-1) became the first opponent to score against Servite's starters but the Friars' defense had the final word. Cornerback Karlton Dennis intercepted a pass at the Servite 38 with 4:30 left to end Edison's final possession.
The Friars used the tandem of running backs Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and Sean DeRosa to close out the game, which ended with the Friars respectfully taking a knee at Edison's 3.
"They're fast. They're physical. And they're very well-coached," Edison coach Dave White said of the Friars' defense. "They're disciplined. All four of those things make a great defense."
Edison's special teams made a big play late in the third quarter to provide some drama in the fourth quarter. Edison's Nicholas Masaniai and Steven Springer tackled Servite punter Connor Loftus at the Friars' 21 with 23 seconds left in the third.
Servite led, 16-3, and its defense nearly held.
Edison faked a 42-yard field goal as holder Roland Blackiston tossed a 24-yard pass to James Babinski to give the Chargers first-and-goal at the 6.
Two plays later, Servite safety Cameron Farrell forced a fumble on a run play to the goal line, but Edison offensive lineman Kyle Finney recovered for the touchdown. The extra point failed as Servite led, 16-9, with 10:51 left.
Edison finished with 52 yards on the ground.
"I feel great about the defense," Servite coach Troy Thomas said. "The one (touchdown) they did get, I felt like there were linemen down field on that pass (on the fake field goal) ... But hey, we battled all night."
Pauu grabbed an interception at Edison's 36 on the opening possession of the second half. Pauu's play led to a 30-yard field goal by Loftus, whose third successful boot gave Servite a 16-3 lead.
Servite sacked Edison quarterback Chase Favreau three times and backup Aleksander Torgersen once. Favreau left in the third with an ankle injury that White said would require an x-ray.
Pauu and Leuta-Douyere each had one of the Friars' sacks. DeRosa finished with 150 yards on 23 carries. Leuta-Douyere aded 49 yards rushing as Servite racked up 200 yards on the ground behind center Michael Meyer, guards Troy Niklas and Wyatt Baker and tackles Travis Averill and Miles Williams.
Servite scored on the game's opening possession. After DeRosa returned the kickoff 33 yards to his 36, the Friars drove on eight plays for a 6-yard touchdown run by Leuta-Douyere with 8:39 left in the first quarter.
DeRosa continued to run well on Servite's next possession. He broke a 29-yard run that helped set up a 52-yard field goal by Loftus, who gave the Friars a 10-0 lead with three minutes left in the opening frame.
Edison responded by driving from its 20 for its own field goal, a 43-yarder by Gavin Perdomo 14 seconds into the second quarter.
Loftus stayed hot in the second quarter. He booted a 40-yard field goal to cap Servite's next possession for a 13-3 lead with 8:16 left in the first half.
Servite's defense, led by the quick Pauu, had the edge on Edison's offense in the first half.
The Chargers' defense also hurt itself with penalties in the first half. They were called offsides four times, including on a fourth-and-1 Servite was going to attempt from its 13 with 1:17 left in the second quarter. The penalty allowed the Friars to run out the clock.
"We're young and inexperienced," White said. "We did some things we wanted to do the first half. We moved the ball a little bit and ate up some clock. (But) turnovers ... We didn't execute well enough but they had lot to do with it."
Edison finished with 10 penalties for 58 yards. Servite drew the Chargers' defense offsides seven times. Servite had eight penalties for 53 yards.