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Football: How does Gardena Serra avoid a letdown?

Gardena Serra just won what could be considered The Game of The Century in the South Bay, knocking off Oaks Christian, 42-41, to win the Northwest Division championship. The Lions were unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state by at least one set of pollsters, not to mention the fact that they had trounced the Cavaliers in the title game the previous season.

Next up for Serra is a game against a largely unknown opponent from Northern California. And the Cavaliers get up for this how, exactly?

"Just take a look out here," Coach Scott Altenberg said Monday afternoon as he looked out picture windows at the Home Depot Center overlooking the field where his team will play Kentfield Marin Catholic in the Division III state championship bowl game Saturday afternoon. "I'm pretty sure that's not going to be a problem."

Serra (14-0) has a chance to be the first team from the South Bay to win a bowl game and finish 15-0. That is incentive enough, Altenberg said.

"Unless I'm way off here, I think the whole thing is going to take care of itself," he said. "Who doesn't want to play? They call it the biggest game in South Bay history."

Said Serra receiver Robert Woods: "This team wants to be the best, so we're not going to let anyone or ourselves down. We're going to get after this team this week."

--Ben Bolch

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To Football Fan: Your arguments are irrelevant. Im not sure what you may have against the high school. How are you certain they let anyone into the school? And even if it is the case. The coach still has to Coach the kids. And the kids have to play the game.

Obviously there doing something right, as you see no complaints form college recruiters flocking the school offering scholarships. Their academics must be alright, to get accepted into a Division 1 program.

They beat the team that was ranked in the top 10 in the Nation by at least every ranking system. Perhaps the best school in the State of California. And this is the best you can come up with. Give me a break.

Goodluck to Serra at State.

Serra 80

To football fan: I think you need to look up the academic standards and test scores that is needed before acceptance into Serra, your comment is insulting to the students, staff and the many graduates from years past. The area (Gardena) what is wrong with it? The students come from various Catholic grade schools from all over the city. You must be an arrogant fan of Oaks that can't accept defeat. The better team won that night so get over it. What caused your fans to be "flipped off"? Im sure it was triggered by Oaks fans from the "burbs". Do yourself a favor and come to the show on Sat and watch Serra put on a performance of excellance.

Football Fan

Coach Scott Altenberg Coach of the year. are You kidding? . He is not that Great . The reason he had success this season more than the past is because Serra let's in anybody. The area they are in and they use that Catholic School thing to cover up there Academics. After the Oaks game They came over to Oaks side of the stands and started to flip off the Oaks X-Tian People. Even Cassius Marsh of oaks Had to be restrained. Talk about no class well that's gardena serra for you. You can put the worst Coach in the CIF and he will have some kind of succes at Serra the way they let anybody into that School.


Coach Scott Altenberg deserves State Coach of the year, if the Serra team prevails this Weekend. If not him Coach Troy Thomas is also well deserving. Goodluck to both coaches and teams this weekend


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