Casey Eugenio, a junior at JSerra, played a key role in JSerra’s 37-21 victory over Long Beach Wilson on Friday night. Eugenio intercepted two passes, rushed for 78 yards, returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, completed a pass for 17 yards and blocked an extra-point attempt.
Lions’ versatile Eugenio powers Lions to first win.
The grass was rumored to be dead Friday night at Saddleback College, but the JSerra Lion’s football team was alive and came ready to play, as they took down Woodrow Wilson 37-21 in their season and home opener.
JSerra (1-0) was led by junior standout two-way player Casey Eugenio, who seemed to be all over the field Friday night. He not only had a two-yard rushing touchdown and a 25-yard punt return for a touchdown, but also had two interceptions.
“I had been waiting for this game since last year and I was just so excited to come out here and play in front of everyone,” Eugenio said. “I thought as a team, we executed pretty well, but there is definitely room for improvement. Overall, I’m just happy that we got that first win.”
It all started with a long 45-yard field goal by Lions’ senior kicker Greg Bucilla early in the second quarter. Quickly after Bucilla’s kick, senior Logan Bartlett blocked a Bruin’s (0-2) punt to put the Lions in prime scoring position. Eugenio then ran it in from two yards out to give the Lions a 10-0 lead.
The Lions special teams then came up big about a minute later, when Eugenio returned a punt 25 yards for another Lions’ touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Robinson, who started his first game Friday night, then added a touchdown of his own at the 4:38 mark when he rushed it in from three yards out to give the Lions a commanding 24-0 lead.
Bucilla then kicked another field goal from 27 yards out to give JSerra a 27-0 lead at halftime.