For two games, the Servite defense had lifted the Friars to a No. 5 ranking by not allowing a point. Unfortunately, the Servite offense found it almost as hard to score, managing only 14 points.
"Offense is really delicate," Servite Coach Larry Toner said. "It doesn't take much to get it going, and it doesn't take much to blow up in your face. It can make you look like a stooge or a wizard."
Friday night, the Servite offense finally spun a little magic. The Friars (2-0-1) scored on their first four possessions, including a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game, for a 31-7 victory over El Toro (1-2) at Trabuco Hills High.
Servite set the tone early when Julian Jones found himself standing alone at his own 35-yard line without an El Toro defender in site. Quarterback Eric Hannah lofted a pass to Jones, who turned and ran it in for the score.
"It was a play-action curl, but the cornerback bit and I just kept running," said Jones. "We expected them to do that--we saw it on the film."
The play appeared to be just what the Servite offense needed and exactly what the El Toro defense didn't want.
"I think it unsettled them," Toner said. "I was hoping it wouldn't unsettle us."
It didn't. On their next possession, the Friars drove to the El Toro nine-yard line and settled for a 26-yard field goal by Steve Rullo. Servite followed that with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Hannah to Steve Correa and a five-yard scoring run by Elphamous Malbrue. Servite led, 24-0, just 18 minutes into the game.
From there, the Servite defense did its job, holding El Toro to 110 yards total offense. The Chargers took solace in the fact they were the first team to score on Servite this season. Travis Harr finally broke through the Servite defense on a one-yard run midway through the third quarter.