Travis Waller, the junior quarterback from Anaheim Servite who pulled off a Hail Mary 40-yard touchdown pass to Equanimeous St. Brown on the final play of Friday night's 20-19 victory over Orange Lutheran, didn't immediately know it had succeeded.
"I just looked up, I prayed, I closed my eyes," he said Saturday morning. "I didn't see the referee put up the touchdown signal. Then I saw everyone cheering on our side."
Waller has been playing football since he was 6 and had never experienced such a dramatic ending.
"My job is just to get it to the end zone," he said. "I had two of my best receivers, and I just let them make a play. My stomach was all knotted up."
The 6-foot-4 St. Brown towered over Orange Lutheran's defensive backs. Waller had put Servite in position with a final drive that started with just over one minute left.
"I told my team, 'We're going to win this game no matter what,'" Waller said. "I've never seen a play like that in all my years playing football, so it was truly amazing."
Servite improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Trinity League.
There was no way retiring Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch was going to end his final season in quiet fashion.
"I don't want to go quiet into the good night," Welch said, quoting a little poetry.
So the Eagles (4-4, 1-2) upset No. 2-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei, 16-7, in a Trinity League game. Jonathan La Bounty had two of the Eagles' three interceptions. Quarterback Kyle Sweet, filling in for an injured K.J. Costello, had a 16-yard touchdown run.
"Going into the game, I was feeling a little like General Custer going into the battle of Little Bighorn," Welch said. "What a terrific effort."
Holmes comes up big
Mission Hills Alemany used to rely on receiver Steven Mitchell to win championships. Now junior Desean Holmes has taken over.
He caught eight passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-26 Serra League win over La Puente Bishop Amat. That came after he caught seven passes for 126 yards and one touchdown in a 35-27 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
"He's just making all kinds of plays," said Coach Dean Herrington.
Alemany (7-2, 2-1) is on the verge of winning its fourth consecutive Serra League title and seventh consecutive league title.
Quarterbacks on fire
Quarterback Alexander Diamont of Venice completed 16 of 17 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-7 win over Palisades. He also ran for a touchdown.
Quarterback Cristian Solano of San Fernando was 21 of 24 for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-7 win over Reseda.