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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Dante Pettis is More Than a Track Standout

Dante Pettis, JSerra Football and Track athlete
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.

JSerra Rugby Player Heads to England

Mathews (left)
Aaron Matthews (left)

By Brantley Watson, OC Register

Before Aaron Matthews and Travis Heer board their flight to London, they’ll think back to their beginnings together.

At age 12, the two picked up the sport on a whim, joining the same team due in large part to advice from their older siblings. Luckily for them, the Back Bay Youth Rugby Club, under director Jeff Bonnett and coach Warren Julian, got the ball rolling in Costa Mesa in 2004.

For the untrained eye, an accurate description of rugby is “football without the pads.”

Not completely true, but not completely false.

Matthews and Heer are both football players – Heer at Huntington Beach High and Matthews at JSerra. But a recent phenomenon of footballers crossing over into rugby has taken Orange County and the Back Bay Rugby Club by storm.

During football’s offseason, Bonnett says an influx of local high school football players, even those with scholarships, make their way to the rugby pitch in order to keep in shape, sometimes to the chagrin of their coaches. But, after seeing the results, the coaches often change their mind.

“Football players will come play rugby, and then when they go back, they’re way better football players, for whatever reason,” Bonnett said. “These high school coaches, they’re buying into it now.

“Football is first, but it gives us more ground to stand on with all these great athletes.”

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Eugenio Named to All-County Football Team

Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back
Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back

As 2012 quickly comes to a close the Lions mark yet another historical mark in JSerra’s ten year history. Junior defensive back, Casey Eugenio is named to the 2012 All-county football team, announced by the Orange County Register. Eugenio is the first JSerra football player to be named to the team since the school’s inception in 2003.

Eugenio played a key role in the Lions’ success on the field. On defense, Eugenio had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and registered 98 tackles. He also blocked a field goal. Eugenio recorded double-digit tackles in seven games, and was a first-team All-Trinity League selection this season.

For the complete roster of the 2012 All-county football team click here. 

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Friday Night Lights Finishes with a Bang

JV Football after their victory against the Lancers, to become JSerra’s first undefeated football team.

The LA Times shows their support for the Lions, looking to the future in the 2013 season as the Lions finish the 2012 season with a 41-6 victory over Orange Lutheran.

Also, finishing off a great season with individual accomplishments in the Trinity League is Nick Robinson, named leading passer by the OC Varsity, with 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns for the Lions.

The Lions conclude a record breaking season ranked eighth in the county, a first in school history. The junior varsity team also made a mark on JSerra’s evolving history becoming the first team to come out undefeated in football in a decade.

To see all the highlights of the season closing game against Orange Lutheran click here.

OC Varsity Picks Robinson as the Player to Watch

Nick Robinson going for a pass during the game against St. John Bosco.

Damian Calhuon, OC Varsity

JSerra Sophomore, Nick Robinson is OC Varsity’s week eight player to watch, and with good reason. Robinson completed 25 of 40 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the near-upset over St. John Bosco.

Robinson proves to be a key player for the Lions as a strong defensive back, with only one previous season under his belt.

Join the Lions Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. as they take on Servite in the COX Game of the Week, at Saddleback Field. Watch as theLions are trying to get that first league victory.