Game of the Week | Serra Padres vs St. Ignatius Wildcats
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It was homecoming for the Serra Padres and Brady Family Stadium was at full capacity. Both Serra and the visiting St. Ignatius Wildcats found themselves in a must-win situation under the Friday night lights.
The Wildcats came out with intensity but the Padre defense was solid from the beginning. Senior FB/LB TC Lavulo got the ball rolling early and led Serra on a 13 play, 75-yard scoring drive in their second possession of the game.
With star QB Leki Nunn out for the game, young sophomore Luke Bottari got the call to start under center. Bottari started off rocky but confidently hit his targets on crucial downs in the first half, resulting in touchdowns. Isaiah Kendrick was also involved in the offense and was key to advancing the ball in the opening quarter. Following a game-changing interception by Jovon Johnson near the end of the first, Kendrick broke through the right side for a 23-yard TD to start the second quarter, leading Serra to a 24-0 halftime lead.
Lavulo rushed nine times for seventy-five yards and scored both of his touchdowns in the first half. He was a monster on defense as well and was named the GSF Game of the Week Most Valuable Player.
Kendrick, who opened up the second half with a 6-yard TD, had 10 carries for 75 yards and two scores. He was named the GSF Game of the Week Playmaker.
The Padres, who started off the season with four consecutive losses, have turned their season around with big wins against Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis and now St. Ignatius. With three consecutive home games versus Mitty, Riordan and the big regular season finale against Bellarmine, the Padres look to finish strong and have a solid chance to win or share the coveted WCAL crown.