By Eric-Paul Johnson
Photo Credit: Mika Soko
EASTVALE — Servite football coach Scott Meyer watched the penalty yards mount up again. And for the third straight week, Meyer's team stay focused en route to victory.
The Friars were flagged 16 times for 166 yards Friday night, with three of those penalties taking touchdowns off the boards. Those yellow flags just delayed the inevitable, however, as Servite crushed Roosevelt, 52-24, in a nonleague game.
"You're going to face adversity like that from time to time, and you have to keep your head up and not focus on the past," Servite quarterback TJ McMahon said.
McMahon certainly kept his head up, and his vision accounted for five scores in the game, three on the ground and two more in the air. McMahon finished with 135 yards on 5-of-8 passing, and he also rushed for 130 yards on 11 carries.
"He's quite the weapon back there," Meyer said with a gleeful smile.
Roosevelt struggled on offense from the start of the game , going three and out on its first three possession. The Mustangs were kicking into the wind, and three short punts gave Servite starting field possession in Roosevelt's half of the field.
McMahon scored on runs of 19 and 17 yards, and Zachary Grisotti tacked on a 29-yard field goal between the scores to give Servite a 17-0 lead after a quarter.
Roosevelt's defense stepped up in the second quarter, sacking Servite's backup quarterback, Caden Bell, and forcing a fumble. Andy Koch scooped up the ball and rumbled 64 yards for a touchdown to help the Mustangs get on the board.
The teams traded touchdown late in the first half, and Roosevelt managed to cut the deficit to 24-17 on a 40-yard field goal by Owen Tapia in the third quarter.
McMahon made sure Roosevelt's celebration was short-lived, as he found a hole on a keeper and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. McMahon found Delon Hurt on a 28-yard touchdown pass, and Julius Irvin added a 78-yard punt return later to end any doubt. Bell had a scoring run in the fourth to give Servite a 52-17 lead.
"I think we're a better team than we showed tonight, but we have to be better," Roosevelt coach Tommy Leach said. "That's why we played a game like this, to show us what we need to work on to be a better football team down the line."
Meyer praise his defense, especially the pressure the line put of Roosevelt's Jeremy Moussa, who was sacked seven times. Moussa did throw for 224 yards.