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JSerra senior Dante Pettis runs the ball against Centennial on August 31. Courtesy photo
JSerra senior Dante Pettis runs the ball against Centennial on August 31. Courtesy photo

By Steve Breazeale

The JSerra football team historically gets off to hot starts in the preseason. But this year’s run, even though they have only played three games, feels different to the team looking to build momentum before they run the gauntlet of Trinity League play.

The Lions (3-0) will host Dana Hills (1-3) out of the Sea View League on Friday night at Saddleback College. The Lions narrowly walked away with a 21-16 victory over the Dolphins in 2012 but in the span of one year, JSerra players feel the team has undergone a fundamental change.

“The intensity went up this year … It’s overall determination. We want to go further than we have in the past,” said D.J. Bailey, a JSerra junior defensive end.

The Lions most recent game, a 52-13 win over Buena Park, should serve them well in the match against Dana Hills. JSerra went up against prolific Buena Park running back Deven Boston and limited him to just 60 yards. Boston scored twice but it could be considered a victory given that in Buena Park’s three previous games Boston rushed for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Dolphins will counter with their own prolific rusher, senior Justin Scott, on Friday.

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