On September 28th, the Chaminade Eagles took on the Serra Cavaliers with a burning fire for victory after years of losing to this powerhouse team.
The Eagles had lost to the Cavaliers 35-29 in 2011 and 35-29 in 2010. This game was to be a signal demonstration of the Eagles new talent presence in the Mission League.
Third time was indeed the charm for Chaminade football with leading players Terrell Newby and Donovan Lee. A great defensive effort from the Eagles also held Serra down to 20 points at the end of the game with a huge interception from Cory Watkins who sparked the Eagles to take over the game with 5:19 left in the third quarter.
After the Eagles were trailing 20-7, they finally got on their feet and started to get going. Newby scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and with 156 yards and Lee had 80 yards on eight carries.
In the last minutes, the Cavaliers reached the 20 yard line and had a high change of scoring, tying the game at 28-28. Then a holding penalty pushed the Cavs all the way to the 45-yard line that got the Chaminade “Eagles Nest” crazy. Eagles fans were certain that they had a golden opportunity to defeat Sierra this time around.
In fact, the Eagles held off the Cavs and won their homecoming game 28-20.
Leading Serra was Jalen Green. For Chaminade, the quarterback Brad Kaaya, who had an impressive passing game against Notre Dame, did not show the same against Serra.
Although Kaaya could not perform at his best, the running game and offensive line stepped up with the defense containing the powerful Serra offense.
The Eagles now have a 5-1 record. They will try to extend their winnings on October 12th against St. Francis with a 1-5 record. Next up for Serra (4-2) is the Cathedral Phantoms (6-0), also on October 12th.
-Arman Malhotra ’15