Servite sorely lacks the hogs up front. Not much talent and ZERO depth in the lines...
by downtothewire » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:57 amThis is a good take on the situation. Losing Tavi was huge, but I wouldn't be too surprised if he regrets that move now that we have Coach Meyer.
Plenty of skill position talent. Servite needs horses up front. That's why losing Tavi was huge.
But with proper strength training, something non existent for the last two years, we might be ok.
Your second sentence is right on also, though I'd add endurance conditioning is equally important.
I am a Friar fanatic, as everyone knows, but even I don't think Coach Meyer can turn us around so quickly that we are a serious threat to Bishop Gorman this season like Napolean suggested. I do however expect to make the playoffs this season, and I don't see any reason why we wouldn't be a serious Pac 5 contender in 2016.
Of the four underclassmen who hold D1 offers right now, only one will be a senior in 2015. The other three along with QB Lytle will hopefully still be around in 2016.
As was pointed out by more than one poster above, those are skill position players, and we need to produce, or develop quality big men. I like Solomon and Ramirez for starters, and maybe we can talk Leuta and/or Tafua into joining the party.
Another kid I'm excited about, and I've mentioned him before, is John Bueras. I think he just might end up being a three year starter on DL.
Who do you think Servite will beat in the league to enable them to make the playoffs? It won't be Mater Dei or Bosco or JSerra. They are not likely to beat Santa Margarita and I have no idea what Lutheran has coming back. Given a best possible 2-3 preseason, how can the team "expect to make the playoffs"?................Luca
Troy Thomas' first Trinity League season he was (8-4, 4-1), Co Champs with Orange Lutheran, whom he defeated. That was his second season at Servite...His first was (10-3, 4-1) Co-Champs of the Serra League with MD, to whom he lost.
I don't know who Servite will defeat in league this coming season, but I don't think any of those teams are impossible to defeat by any means. Do you think Loyola, SMCHS, SJ Bosco or Bishop Amat expected Troy Thomas would take a 2-8 team from worst to first by beating all of them?
And remember, Servite made the playoffs at 1-4 this past season, and 2-3 the year before.
We can be pedantic about the name change from "Serra" to "Trinity", in which case Coaches Kunau and Jacot were actually the most successful "new" coaches - for whatever point that would make - but I assume you understand what I'm saying.
Getting into the playoffs with a 1-4 league record is a joke and I would hope the CIF would not repeat that mistake. If they do then I would agree with you that Servite could make the playoffs in that event but at this point I'm not sure I concede a 1-4 record in league. One of the more interesting aspects of following these teams is the cycles they go through. Every team in the league has them. Five of the six teams have won CIF and/or state champions in the not so distant past and shortly thereafter become also-rans in the league. Currently Bosco and JSerra are up while Santa Margarita, Lutheran and Servite are down.
That's life. That's what people say. Riding high in April, shot down in May...................Luca
As to your other points, I agree that making the playoffs at 1-4 is wrong. However, if we're going to go back to having only the top one, or two, or three from each league, then we've got the same problem that the Pac 5 as a whole has...All your best teams in one league or division, means the teams left out of the playoffs are better than many of the teams in the playoffs from weaker leagues or divisions.
It's too early to tell who is going to beat whom in this day and age. We still don't know who is transferring in or out of all these teams. As it stands now, however, all of these teams have questions. Bosco appears to be the top team right now, but even they have to find a replacement for Rosen, and improve their defense, and keep McGrew healthy. MD has to choose a new QB, and has to replace most of their front seven that was so dominant. J Serra has lost a lot including the most underrated QB in the league, and there was a report that they lost Vander, although I don't think that's true. SM has a QB who is notoriously erratic, and Orange Lutheran looks to be improved, but they have to prove that, just like Servite does.
Seriously, leaving Servite out of the discussion (so as to eliminate bias of the heart), I have no idea how to predict the order of finish of the other 5. After Bosco, any one of the other five could finish 2nd, or finish last.
No way to know yet.