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Orange Lutheran powers past Servite
COSTA MESA – The seeds of a comeback were planted in the second quarter, and then Orange Lutheran reaped the harvest as its key Trinity League game against Servite wore on.
Running back Tavi Jimmerson provided the power with 179 yards on the ground and two of his three touchdowns in the second half Friday night to lead the No. 8 Lancers to a 28-14 victory at Orange Coast College.
Jimmerson snapped a 14-14 tie when he broke loose for a 21-yard scoring run with 1:37 left in the third period, and then added the clincher with an 11-yard touchdown run for a 14-point lead with 3:38 left.
Coming off a loss to St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Orange Lutheran (6-1, 1-1) racked up 343 of its 400 total yards after a sluggish opening period. The Lancers spotted Servite a 14-0 first-quarter lead but started its rally with Jimmerson's 34-yard score in the second.
"The last two drives in the first half, we moved the ball," Lancers coach Chuck Petersen said. "We're pretty good up front and we're physical. We've got a really good running back. Just basically let them eat."
Ninth-ranked Servite (2-5, 0-2) continued to struggle offensively after getting off to a good start. The Friars had scored just six points in their previous four games and were shut out in three of them.
It looked good early as quarterback Travis Waller capped an 11-play, 57-yard drive on their first possession with a 1-yard touchdown sneak. The Friars then showed some big-play ability near the end of the period.
Andrew Moore took a well-designed screen pass from Waller and followed a caravan of blockers before bursting into the open field and outrunning the Lancers defense for an 81-yard scoring play and a 14-0 lead.
But that was largely it for Servite as Orange Lutheran shut down the Friars' running attack. The Lancers dominated the second half, starting with a 16-yard scoring pass from Luke Langdon to Brady Billups that tied the game.
After Jimmerson gave them the lead, Servite drove to the Lancers 17, but missed a 31-yard field goal try.
yard line and appeared to score the tying touchdown on Salesi Eteaki's run up the sideline. But the Friars were whistled for holding on the play and Jared Hermann would miss a 31-yard field goal try.
Servite never saw the ball back for another 6:17 in the fourth as Jimmerson would add the insurance.