Biggest question about top-ranked Servite this season was the secondary, but a quick look at the Friars 20-0 shutout of the San Diego Section's marquee team, Oceanside revealed a couple of things.
Mainly, a couple of big plays.
Daniel Tejeda forced a fumble, and Conner Hoffman intercepted a pass at the 2-yard line.
The fumble, recovered by Butch Pauu less than two minutes into the game, set up a field goal. The interception protected a 13-0 lead. The defense also added five sacks against an opponent that had two linemen who are considered three-star recruits.
Although the names are different, the storyline sounds pretty familiar. After beating the team ranked No. 11 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports—and one that has won seven consecutive section titles—next up for Servite is the team ranked No. 16: Bishop Amat.