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Serra pulls away for big win over SI

Serra went undefeated in 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Serra went undefeated in 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

St. Ignatius and Serra met in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon for the WCAL championship. Both teams played a great defensive first half, but Serra would ultimately prove its dominance with plays from some young guys and plays from its seniors, who ended up winning their final game, 34-3. 

With the ocean just down the block from the school and the fog hovering over the school, the stage was set for a hard fought matchup of two of the top teams in the WCAL. The game started with St. Ignatius taking the ball, and very quickly Serra’s defense came up with its first interception of the day. However the Wildcats defense responded in a big way. Forcing a turnover on downs and keeping Serra out of the end zone on that first drive made a statement. That statement continued to be made early on. 

The Wildcats were not going to be bullied, and they even were the first ones to score and took a lead against the No. 2 team in the Bay Area. St. Ignatius drove down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 3-0 in the early going of the game. However, Dominique Lampkin had a response by driving right down the field and using his legs and his arm on the drive. Lampkin would scramble out of the pocket, eventually finding Kai Lim coming across the field. That score would put Serra up 7-3, and Serra would never look back. 

Serra would assert its defensive dominance for the rest of the first half. It had a total of three interceptions in the first half, with a couple of them coming in the end zone, as one of them coming from freak freshman athlete Joseph Bey. 

Bey is just one of the many reasons as to why Serra is excited for its future, and especially this fall. It will also return college prospects Lampkin, Hassan Mahasin and many others on this loaded roster. Those latter two proved why there is so much excitement around this team for the fall 2021 season. 

On the first drive of the second half, Serra made a great drive, easily going down the field. This drive would end with a touch pass from Lampkin to Mahasin, who ran into the end zone and made the score 14-3. On the ensuing kickoff, Serra’s special teams unit would force a fumble and recover it. It didn’t take long for the Padres to capitalize on the mistake either, as Lampkin would run to the left and score, making the score 21-3 and essentially putting the dagger score on the board early in the second half. 

That did not stop the electric duo of Lampkin and Mahasin to continue putting points on the board, though. A 78-yard touchdown by the connection made it a 28-3 ballgame. Mahasin got behind the defense, and with his explosiveness and speed, there was no way someone on the field was going to catch him. 

While Serra is excited about the future, it had an amazing senior class and it was only fitting that one of the leaders of that senior class, Fynn William,s put the cherry on top for this ball game. Williams picked off the pass and sprinted all the way to the end zone for a pick six. A missed extra point meant that the final points of the season went to Williams. It was a special moment for the Serra senior who has said he will be going to the College of San Mateo in the fall. 

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