LAST GREAT RUN: Serra’s star athlete Adoree Jackson gets loose during the Cavaliers title game. It would be a game that Serra fans and the members of the team will not forget anytime too soon. Ken Brooks Photo
With the graduation of highly sought after seniors Jalen Green, five star utility player deluxe Adoree’ Jackson, Dwight Williams, Olajuwon Tucker, Jordan Lasley and others, Serra football will be turning a page toward another chapter in 2014.
The Cavaliers’ 23-game winning streak ended with a consensus sentiment, by those in attendance, that they were shafted. Officials flagged Serra 12 times for 115 yards opposed to Chaminade which received two penalties for the entire Western Division championship game. The final and heavily discussed phantom pass interference call was not detected on replay. It was one of multiple daggers that halted one of the great runs in all of California.
Since the inception of the California State Football Championship Bowl, Serra is the one local program that proved capable of reaching it with a degree of consistency and come out on top. Its relevancy is evidenced by state titles in different divisions with completely different rosters.
Other perennial powerhouses in the community too have impressively represented at the state bowl and are not to be ignored. But its back to square one for everybody and for some more so than others. Although both Narbonne, Crenshaw has dominated the City Section title game the past decade, they still have not proved they could defeat the best of the Southern Section. Poly faithful never liked coach Raul Lara who many feel under achieved with the talent base. So after 13 seasons, Long Beach Poly will have a new head coach in 2014.
As Serra has proven it can go the distance, it leaves local football fanatics anxious for the next winning streak and everything that usually comes with it. And so, let the next chapter begin.