A few days removed from his team’s season-ending 21-16 defeat to Bonita in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division Finals, La Serna coach Margarito Beltran gave a couple of thoughts on the game and gave credit to Bonita for quality play.
“Overall, Bonita made less mistakes than we did,” Beltran said. “I’ll give credit where credit is due.
What might be most troubling about the La Serna football team’s 21-16 loss to Bonita in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals was the Lancers’ uncharacteristic play, coach Margarito Beltran contends.
La Serna had committed three turnovers in five Del Rio League games. But on Saturday, the Lancers had four – all in the second half – to go with three dropped passes and10 penalties for 70 yards.
“It’s just one of those things that happened,” Beltran said. “We did a lot of stuff that we didn’t do all season. We fumbled on plays that we’ve run over 100 times successfully.”
There also were two blocked field goal attempts, one of which was returned for a score.
“Overall, Bonita made less mistakes than we did,” Beltran said. “I’ll give credit where credit is due.”
Despite a tough loss, Beltran was pleased with several aspects of Saturday’s game.
His defense was stellar, as the Lancers held senior quarterback Garrett Pendleton to 8-of-18 passing for a season-low 65 yards and one touchdown.
Despite the loss, it’s hard to say 2010 was anything but a success for La Serna.
The Lancers (11-2) enjoyed an area-best, six-game regular-season turnaround while winning their first league title since 1981, first undisputed league crown since 1979 and longest playoff run since 1967.