Serra football team uses strong 2nd half to beat Oaks Christian

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE — From the onset of the game between Serra and Oaks Christian on Friday night, Serra’s rushing attack was pounding the ball continuously.

Spearheaded by Cincere Rhaney and Kai Honda, the ground game was punishing in the first half, but neither back could break through for a score. It was a different story in the second half, as both found the end zone to propel the Cavaliers to a 20-14 win over the Lions.

“We were driving the field all first half but we couldn’t punch it in,” Honda said. “We had turnovers, I had a fumble, our quarterback had a pick. We got into the locker room, said we can’t have those missed plays, we need to get in the end zone, and we finally figured it out.”

“We kept talking to each other, ‘Keep running hard, keep running hard,’ ” Rhaney said. “We didn’t get discouraged. We weren’t finishing drives in the first half. Second half we did what we were supposed to do.”

Rhaney carried the ball 26 times for 211 yards and a touchdown, adding 19 yards on two receptions. Honda handled 18 rushing attempts for 69 yards and a score, plus 25 yards receiving.

Oaks Christian’s defense did a good job holding Serra’s quarterback Jimmy Butler in check, limiting him 131 passing yards and intercepting him twice, but the rushing attack was too much to handle for the Lions.

“They know we’re going to run and we’re still able to do it,” said Serra head coach Scott Alt