Unbeaten JSerra Dominates Buena Park

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Dante Pettis

JSerra’s football team believes this is the year its program will have a breakthrough and become a playoff contender in the Trinity League.

The Lions looked like that kind of team at times against Buena Park in a nonleague game on Friday night at Saddleback College, but at other times their sloppy play and penalties allowed the Coyotes to fight their way back into the game.

JSerra running back Casey Eugenio exploded for TD runs of 4, 14 and 40 yards in a 2-minute, 12-second span in the third quarter to bury Buena Park, 52-13. The entire fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

“We’re fighting to be one of the best in the (Trinity) League and all of Orange County,” said Eugenio, who finished with 178 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries.

JSerra, which cracked the county top 10 at No. 9 this week for the first time in school history, looked like a playoff contender when Eugenio scored on a 29-yard run on the Lions first drive of the game.

Dante Pettis blocked a punt and scored on a 3-yard return and then caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Nick Robinson to make it 21-0 with 4:01 left in the opening quarter.

The Lions slowed down in the second, and the Coyotes seized the opportunity to get back into the game with touchdown runs of 2 and 1 yards by county rushing leader Deven Boston to close the gap to 21-13 at the half.

But JSerra’s defense put the clamps on Boston for most of the game, holding him to 57 yards on 13 carries, and Eugenio’s third-quarter eruption finished the Coyotes.

“I think we’re going to be one of the top (teams in the Trinity League),” Eugenio said. “Everyone doubts us and stuff, but I think we’ll be one of the top.”

Lions coach Jim Hartigan said his team has some things to shore up before league play like the 10 penalties for 105 yards against Buena Park.

“We can’t get used to that in the Trinity League,” Hartigan said. “We won’t be able to turn it back on in the Trinity League. We have to make sure that we can maintain these leads and make sure that we play solid on defense, stay consistent and there’s some things we need to talk about.

“We have to clean up our penalties and keep drives alive. You’re not going to be able to play catch-up in the Trinity, so we have some things to clean up in the next couple of weeks.”

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JSerra Opens Season With Rare Shutout

Ethan Aguayo leaps for a touchdown catch as Samuel Liaga of Centennial of Las Vegas tries to block during the second quarter of the Brothers in Arms Classic football game at Mission Viejo High.
Ethan Aguayo leaps for a touchdown catch as Samuel Liaga of Centennial of Las Vegas tries to block during the second quarter of the Brothers in Arms Classic football game at Mission Viejo High.

By Antonio Morales, OC Varsity

JSerra coach Jim Hartigan said that, on paper, this might be the best team he’s had since he began coaching the Lions.

On Saturday afternoon, they looked pretty good on the field, too.

JSerra dominated Centennial of Nevada in its nonleague season opener, 44-0, at Mission Viejo.

The Lions’ defense stood out with seven sacks and it held Bulldogs running back Lantz Worthington to 36 yards rushing.

“I thought we had good pressure, and I thought we covered, for the most part, pretty well,” Hartigan said. “We were prepared for a lot of pass, so we tried to give a bunch of looks, both zone and pressure.”

It was JSerra’s first shutout since the 2010 season, when it shut out Fullerton, 31-0.

The Lions’ offense and special teams also contributed to the resounding win.

Ethan Aguayo got them on the scoreboard when he blocked a punt for a safety in the first quarter to put them up, 2-0.

The offense followed with a 50-yard touchdown march, which culminated with Dante Pettis hauling in Nick Robinson’s 11-yard pass in the back corner of the end zone.

Casey Eugenio, Conor O’Brien and Aguayo each added a touchdown in the first half, which swelled the Lions’ lead to 30 points.

It was the first game JSerra played with its new look up-tempo offense.

“We’re kind of a run-pass option team, and we had a bunch of backs going in there,” Hartigan said. “We had Pettis catching some balls, too. We want to spread the ball around as much as possible.

“We want to speed the game up a bit. I’m sure there are things we can improve on, but it’s a good start.”

Robinson had a good day leading the offense as he went 9 of 16 passing for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He might have had a few more completions if it wasn’t for a few drops.

His play-fakes also set up some nice runs for his running backs. Eugenio led the way on the ground with 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Pettis left the game in the second quarter due to some heat exhaustion, according to Hartigan.

The Lions have a week off before they take on Huntington Beach at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Saddleback College.

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Pettis Sits Down with JSerra Blog to Talk Football

IMG_5700The senior wide receiver from San Clemente has been at the top of every Top 10 list in Orange County, and now the senior Lion takes time out to talk with JSerra Blog.

Coming off of a record setting track season, Pettis shifts gears to prep for the upcoming football season, focusing on only one of four sports he plays. Pettis has a lot to play for this season before heading off to play Division l ball, for schools like Nevada and San Diego State.

With 28 catches, 547 yards, and 20 tackles last season Pettis was named Impact Player of the Year, and made first team All-Trinity League. So what’s in store for this season?

See what Pettis had to say out on the field where it all begins.

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JSerra Blog Plays Defense With Football’s DJ Bailey

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Scholar athlete and JSerra junior, DJ Bailey takes a time out to talk with JSerra Blog to give us the scoop on the upcoming season and his summer plans.

JSerra Blog (JB): How did you first get interested in football?

DJ Bailey (DJ): I actually ran track for a long time and when I realized that I was a fast sprinter, I decided to try football. Turns out I really enjoy that too and I still have the opportunity to run track and play football.

JB: What has been one memory from playing football that stands out the most to you?

DJ: I don’t know that I can choose just one but I do love running the ball, and sacking our quarterback, Nick Robinson.

JB: What are some of the colleges that you have been looking during the summer months?

DJ: While I’d love to play for Stanford as my dream school, I have also had Notre Dame and UCLA looking at me for football. But and school would be amazing to play for.

Football may be Bailey’s sport of choice but he has also found success in the world of track and field, as part of the CIF competition relay team Bailey. The offensive MVP plans to spend his summer perfecting his skills and competing at the toughest level possible.

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JSerra Blog Catches up with Cross Country’s Kylee Fracassi

KyleeWith so much buzzing on campus, during the summer months JSerra Blog decided to feature some of the great athletes working hard.

This week JSerra Blog catches up with cross-country senior and San Clemente resident, Kylee Fracassi.

JSerra Blog (JB): How did you get interested in running cross-country?

Kylee Fracassi (KF): I actually tried cross-country because my brother ran, and ended up staying because I loved it.

JB: Greatest athletic memory thus far?

KF: My greatest memory, that I don’t think I could ever forget was winning the State Championships two years in a row.  It felt so great to have all our hard work pay off.

JB: What do you look forward to this upcoming cross-county season?

KF: I am really excited about getting to know more of the girls on the team and making great memories. And, of course I’d like to win State again.

JB: Any exciting summer plans?

KF: I’m looking forward to being a camp counselor at the Special Camp for Special Kids, and going to Mammoth with our cross-country team.

Summertime isn’t just about running for Fracassi, she also finds time to volunteer at the Shea Center, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club and the Environmentality Club at JSerra. The All-League athlete hopes to run for Texas Christian University after leaving the hallowed halls of JSerra.

“Kylee  is fiercely competitive and driven,” said Coach Marty Dugard of Fracassi’s skills on the track.

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Dante Pettis is More Than a Track Standout

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Dante Pettis, JSerra Cornerback and Track athlete

By Eric Sondheimer, LA Times

Having run the 200 meters in 21.84 seconds and leaped 23 feet, 7 inches in the long jump, Dante Pettis of JSerra established himself as a track standout in Orange County last season as a junior.

But he’s also an all-Trinity League cornerback in football, and based on how well he was covering receivers at the Edison passing tournament on Saturday, you can only conclude college recruiters are going to be excited about having someone with his speed and size.

San Diego State and Nevada have made scholarship offers.

He’s 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, and he wasn’t backing away from trying to contain Long Beach Poly’s talented group of receivers.

“It’s a challenge but good to see,” he said of the competition.

Strumpf on to Next Stage of USA Baseball Tryouts, Cohen Named to Development Team

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Chase Strumpf, Shortstop

JSerra standout freshman shortstop Chase Strumpf impressed a lot of people out on the baseball diamond during his first year of high school.

At the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Cary, N.C. in late June, Strumpf kept on impressing and on July 1 was named to the 40-man roster of the 15U National Team Trials.

Strumpf has now made it past the first stage of tryouts for the USA National Team and will head to Cary, N.C. again from July 13-18 with the hopes of being named to the final 20-man 15U National Team roster.

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Sam Cohen, Catcher

The 15U National Team will compete in the COPABE “AA”/15U Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Columbia from July 26 to August 4.

Strumpf is currently committed to UCLA.

JSerra sophomore catcher Sam Cohen was named to the USA Baseball 17U National Development Program on July 8. Cohen competed in the National Team Championships and was selected to the Development Program’s 40-man roster. Two players from that 40-man roster will be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and eight will be invited to the 2014 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.