Undefeated Lions Ready for Trinity League Play

be6404108c3778d8b644b0aa63d4c34cBy Martin Henderson, Patch.com

Lions unleash a focused defensive effort, and the offense is steady in an impressive victory.

JSerra had never been ranked in the Orange County Top 10 andplayed another ranked opponent—until Friday.

And with all eyes on the seventh-ranked Lions and fifth-ranked Trabuco Hills, JSerra didn’t wilt under the spotlight.

The Lions remained unbeaten in impressive fashion, but more importantly, beat a team that was supposed to be more physical and could match their big-play offense.  Ultimately, JSerra didn’t have any big plays. But behind the effort of quarterback Nick Robinson, running back Casey Eugenio, and a defense that was dialed in, the Lions made plenty of little plays to emerge with the biggest nonleague victory in the program’s history.

Another important aspect: If Trabuco Hills—expected to finish second to Mission Viejo in the South Coast League—does make the playoffs, JSerra will have a feather in its cap should it be vying for a wild card berth. And if Trabuco is the team JSerra is competing against for a wild card berth, the Lions will have the head-to-head advantage.

Score: JSerra 37, Trabuco Hills 15

Key Stats: Casey Eugenio rushed 27 times for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Nick Robinson completed 14 of 20 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns for JSerra.

Pivotal Moment: JSerra had gotten inside the 10-yard line but was forced to kick a field goal for a 17-7 lead in the third quarter. On its next possession, again with first down inside the 10, a penalty moved the Lions back to the 20. Robinson connected with Dante Pettis for a 17-yard gain, and the next play D.J. Bailey scored to go up 23-7. It was a three possession lead and the Lions had clearly survived any momentum shift from Trabuco’s late score in the first half.

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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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Running Lions Advance to CIF Finals

Congratulations to the Running Lions as they are now advancing on to the CIF Finals.

The following athletes will compete Saturday, May 19,  for individual championships: Chas Harmon, Colby Lindholm, Jonovaughn Williams, John Siegel, Nick Cimmarusti, DJ Bailey, Alli Jensen, and Caitlin Nilssen.

Go Running Lions!

Football: Unbeaten JSerra freshman team beats Servite

*Currently running in the Los Angeles Times

By Eric Sondheimer

Yes, it’s only freshman football, but San Juan Capistrano JSerra is 7-0 after knocking off Anaheim Servite, 41-7, on Thursday. Servite was unbeaten and supposedly one of the best freshman teams around.

JSerra was led by the running of DJ Bailey.

Football has been the one sport in the Trinity League in which JSerra has been unable to be competitive in. But an unbeaten freshman team could be the start of a turnaround for the Lions.

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