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 Captures Sage Hill’s Prep Classic

TennisJSerra won the round-robin Prep Classic Invitational, hosted by Sage Hill, over the weekend, taking all three matches it played.

The Lionsranked No. 9 in the county, defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 5-4, Sage Hill, 7-2 and Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, 5-4 to win the tournament for the first time. Jadie AcideraZoe KaffenNatalie Wekand Lauren Burke were named to the all-tournament team for the Lions.

All matches were played at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The matches were played in college-scoring format, with five singles matches and four doubles matches.

Here were the tournament’s final standings:

Champion: JSerra (3-0)

Second place: St. Ignatius of San Francisco (2-1)

Third place: Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (1-2)

Fourth place: Sage Hill (0-3)

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JSerra delivers from distance to top Santa Margarita

Jonnie Vassar making a slam-dunk as fans look on.
Jonnie Vassar making a slam-dunk as fans look on.

By Devin Ugland, OC Varsity

JSerra connected on 12 3-pointers, including five from Devon Pflueger (19 points), in posting a 75-51 Trinity League victory over Santa Margarita on Friday night at JSerra High.

“We really shot the ball well,” JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said. “We try to stay disciplined when running our (offense), and I thought we did that tonight.”

The Lions (11-4, 2-2) looked determined to put together a good performance in front of their standing-room-only crowd from the outset as they used a 16-0 run to take a 25-13 lead at the end of one quarter.

Santa Margarita (12-7, 0-4) rallied behind Joe Furstinger (17 points) in the second quarter, trimming the JSerra lead to 30-20.

That’s the closest the Eagles would get for the remainder of the game as the Lions closed the half on an 11-2 run.

Gardner considered Friday’s game a chance for his team to get “back in the hunt,” and he asked his players to come out focused against Santa Margarita.

The “hunt” Gardner referred to is the one for the league championship, something that remains a tall order after the Lions dropped their first two league games to heavyweights Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.

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England Here We Come

Top varsity members of the JSerra cross-country team, competing as the San Juan Capistrano Track Club, have been invited to race in the British national cross country championships this January in Liverpool, England. The eighteen-athlete contingent will fly from Los Angeles to London on January 24, then spend four days in England racing and sightseeing.

“We’re very excited about this trip,” says Coach Marty Dugard, whose Running Lions have captured two CIF and two State titles in his eight years as head coach. “The race will be spectacular, some old-school cross country in the dead of winter, complete with snow and freezing mud. We’re also including an educational component by spending a day in London touring the British Museum, National Gallery, and Westminster Abbey — among others.” 

The Running Lions are currently entering CIF postseason competition, which concludes with the State meet on November 24 in Fresno. The girls are ranked number two in their State division, while the boys are ranked number 11 in theirs.

For more information about the JSerra Running Lions, go to http://www.jserrarunninglions.com or visit their website at http://www.jserra.org/athletics.”

JSPA Social & General Meeting Wednesday

Join the JSerra Parents Association, Wednesday October 31, for the general meeting and social.

8:15am – 9:00am Social & General Meeting

9:00am – 10:00am General Meeting

Dr. John Freeh will speak on “Mamas, Do Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys: The Art of Raising Manly Men.”

Drawing on thirty years’ experience of working with young men as a teacher, coach and youth minister, Dr. Freeh will speak about the challenges of helping boys grow into responsible christian men. As well as the essential and beautiful role a mother plays in the life of her son.

JSerra Bounces Woodrow Wilson 37-21 in Season Opener

By Darian Nourian, The Capistrano Dispatch

Photo by Taelor Rian

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.

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch – JSerra Bounces Woodrow Wilson 37 21 in Season Opener

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