On the opening night of the Pac-5 Division playoffs, Anaheim Servite turned a tie game at halftime into a rout with three third-quarter touchdowns en route to a 42-21 victory over Westlake Village Westlake on Friday night.
“The third quarter was a big one,” Servite quarterback Travis Waller said. “We had to come out strong and put the game away.”
It was a good night for the Trinity League. Besides the Friars (6-5), top-seeded Bellflower St. John Bosco defeated Agoura, 69-24, and Santa Ana Mater Dei won over Oaks Christian, 28-17. And Orange Lutheran came close but lost to No. 3-seeded Long Beach Poly, 18-16.
Westlake (8-3), the Marmonte League champions, could never solve the athletic wizardry of Waller, who had touchdown runs of one, seven and three yards, rushed for 96 yards and passed for 124 yards and one touchdown.
“Travis was being Travis,” Servite Coach A.J. Gass said. “He’s the type of kid who makes something out of nothing.”
Nick Lopiccola had 112 yards rushing and Tate Beachley scored on a 38-yard run and on a 90-yard kickoff return. Tony Brown had an 85-yard touchdown reception.
Servite finished with three sacks, including two by Havili Eteaki.
Servite will play Mission Hills Alemany in Friday’s quarterfinals at Cerritos College. Other quarterfinal matchups including Ventura St. Bonaventure-Poly, St. John Bosco-Tesoro and Mission Viejo-Mater Dei.