There's nothing good that comes out of an ejection, but the timing for quarterback Khalil Tate's ejection from Gardena Serra's 41-15 win over Lakewood on Friday couldn't have been worse.
Tate lost his cool after a late hit and was ejected in the first half. It means he will have to sit out Serra's showdown game next Saturday against Corona Centennial at Oceanside High. It's a rematch of last season's Pac-5 playoff game in which Centennial won, 68-64.
"Tate needed to keep his cool and didn't," Coach Scott Altenberg said. "It's a painful lesson but one I'm sure he won't forget."
Junior Jalani Eason will take over as the quarterback against the Huskies, ranked No. 1 in Southern California.
For good news, defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku demonstrated his talent at the end of the first half. He had a sack, followed by a fumble recovery.