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Serra Bounces Back, Looks To Build Momentum

By Jason A. Mignanelli
The Tube City Almanac
September 08, 2022
Posted in: Sports

After a tough loss in week one at North Catholic, Serra Catholic’s football team was out to make a statement last Friday night. The Eagles beat the Seton LaSalle Rebels 56–21 at Rebel Athletic Field, bringing their record to 1-1-0.  

Eagles Head Coach Jose Regus was not surprised at all by his team’s rebounding effort.

“The players know the expectations that have been set in this program. This group didn’t flinch at the loss; it was a chance to get better,” he said.

The Eagles controlled the Rebels from the beginning, and it soon became a highlight reel for Eagles’ senior quarterback Elijah “Tiger” Ward as he threw for three touchdowns, caught one touchdown, and ran one in on the ground. Ward finished the game with 237 yards passing.

Many other Eagles contributed to the win. Senior Amire Spencer led the receivers in yards and catches while grabbing two touchdowns of his own and breaking the 100-yard mark for the evening.

Junior Jesere Young had one reception and he made it count as he scored an 87-yard receiving touchdown.

Some familiar names led the Eagles on defense as Spencer had three solo tackles and two tackles for a loss. Senior Daiquon Chatfield provided five solo tackles and two assisted tackles for a total of seven tackles on the evening.

Sophomore Saron Royall contributed five tackles, as did junior Jaden Banks.

Regus was very proud of the way that his offense bounced back.

“We had a subpar week against North Catholic, but the kids learned that scoring points wins games. We hope to continue the success that we found on offense against Seton Lasalle for the rest of the season,” said Regus.

Regus said the Serra squad understands that every other team they face is going to give them their best possible game.

“Everybody wants to beat the champs. We know that and we use it as motivation each week in our preparation. We take no teams lightly,” said Regus. “We always have a sense of urgency to win. We have built this program from a bad situation to now where the expectation is to win football games.”

The Eagles are at home in McKeesport’s Haler Heights neighborhood at 7 p.m. Friday. They take on the 2-0 Washington High Prexies in another non-conference game. The Prexies come to town having beaten Clairton 48-21 in week one followed by Monessen 54-22 last week.

Jason A. Mignanelli is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh’s North Hills and a student at Duquesne University. He may be reached at mignanellij@duq.edu.

Originally published September 08, 2022.

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