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September 29, 2012In the NCP Game of the Week, Serra defeated Mitty 30-21 in the West Catholic Athletic League opener for both teams. Serra proved to be a favorite to take the league crown with a stout rushing attack led by senior Eric Redwood.
Although the Padres are known for their grind-it-out, run oriented offense, they had three touchdowns of at least 55 yards with two of them from senior Angelo Arco. Arco took a kick return for an 82 yard touchdown in the first quarter, and also had a 55 yard rushing touchdown in the third. He only had two other carries in the game to finish with 66 rush yards.
The other two Serra touchdowns were scored by Redwood. He finished the night with 198 yards on 19 carries, and is a good downhill runner with breakaway speed. After the departure of Erich Wilson, Redwood is the featured back and will be a major part of the offense this season.
Defensively, senior linebacker Fia Malepeai was impressive. Malepeai had a sack and a hurry in the contest, and shot the gaps well when he blitzed the quarterback. The linebacker reeked havoc on the Monarch line all night, and also spent time in the backfield on offense.
Serra only completed one pass on the night, but the run game was more than capable of leading the way. The Padres combined for 319 yards on the ground, and were able to wear down Mitty's defense.
The Monarchs actually ran more offensive plays than the Padres, but they had some miscues such as fumbled snaps and dropped passes that stalled a couple of drives. Serra's defense held firm at the important moments of the game, and held the Monarch offense scoreless on three different occasions inside the redzone.
Senior quarterback Wyatt Hansen was solid for Mitty and completed 13 of his 24 attempts for 180 yards, but also had two interceptions. He showed dual threat ability and ran the option very well when he did not drop back to pass. Two of his completions were to Andrew Scott for 43 yards, and the senior receiver made great grabs on both plays.
Senior defensive end Jason Sutton was another bright spot for the Monarchs. The 6-foot-2, 220 pounder had a sack and a half and also hit the opposing quarterback midway through his throw later in the game to disrupt the play. He had 3.5 sacks, ten tackles, and six hurries in their last game versus Palo Alto, and is a rising senior to keep an eye on.
Serra, who entered the contest after a thrilling 36-35 victory over Buhach Colony, improved to 4-0 on the year with a big league victory under their belt.
Regarding the intensity of the game, Redwood said, "We were real pumped up because Mitty is always one of the better teams in the WCAL, but today we proved that we're ready for the WCAL and we can do this."
Mitty falls to 3-1, but should still be considered contenders for the WCAL title if the Padres slip up. They don't have time to dwell on the defeat, as they will face another tough team in Bellarmine next week.
As for Serra, it will face Riordan at home next week. They picked up a huge victory that could pay major dividends at the end of the year.
"It's good because it set the tone for the WCAL," Redwood finished. "We're ready."
Serra - 5:50 Redwood 3 yard run (PAT Good) 7-0
Mitty - 1:50 Hansen 2 yard run (PAT Good) 7-7
Serra - 1:36 Arco 82 yard kick return (PAT Good) 14-7
Serra - 6:04 Anthony Toms 21 yard field goal 17-7
Mitty - 5:50 Daniel Mosko 75 yard run (PAT Good) 14-17
Serra - 10:37 Arco 55 yard run (PAT Good) 24-14
Mitty - 0:02 Chandler Ramirez 5 yard run (PAT Good) 21-24
Serra - 11:48 Redwood 64 yard run (PAT Failed) 30-24