As much as Gardena Serra High’s Rodrick Pleasant was celebrated last spring for running the fastest 100 meters in state history at 10.14 seconds, what he did in football this fall only adds to his growing legacy as one of the greatest athletes in school history, from a program that has produced NFL stars such as Robert Woods and Adoree’ Jackson.
“I try to tell everyone, ‘This guy’s a football player who runs on the track,'” said coach Scott Altenberg. “He’s so tough.”
Pleasant, a senior cornerback, helped the Cavaliers’ defense in a 13-7 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in a Mission League opener on Friday night. Serra has won four straight games since the start of the season with close losses to Orange Lutheran and Long Beach Poly.
Serra continues to struggle with his passing game, but running backs Cincere Rhaney and Kai Honda deliver when asked and the defense has plenty of pace, led by Pleasant.
“This year he is healthy and playing fantastic,” said Altenberg.
Sometimes Altenberg wants to use Pleasant on offense, but has to be careful. “We’re trying to use him eight to 12 times on offense,” he said. “As an attacking player, I want to do so much with him. It’s like a Ferrari. you want to let it go I have to force myself not to put it in.”
Serra receives La Puente Bishop Amat on Friday.
No head coaches: Bishop Amat and La Verne Damien were without their head coach on Friday following last week’s post-match antics but both won, with the assistants taking the helm. Bishop Amat defeated Chatsworth Sierra Canyon in double overtime. Damien defeated Upland.
Vikings rise: North Hollywood Campbell Hall lost two of its best players to preseason transfers to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Westlake Village Westlake. That hasn’t stopped coach Dennis Keyes and his players from growing together as a team. Campbell Hall improved to 7-0 with a 7-0 win over Long Beach St. Anthony.
“It was a defensive slugfest,” said Keyes, who was a star athlete at Lake Balboa Birmingham and UCLA.
Keyes credited Lenny Miller as a sophomore with being a major influence in pinning St. Anthony deep in his territory. Campbell Hall has three former UCLA players on the coaching staff, with Marcus Everett as the offensive coordinator and Jared Page as the defensive coordinator. Keyes taped the UCLA-Washington game Friday night and wanted to enjoy it at home, but someone told him the halftime score. “I was angry,” he said.
Effects on the Cathedral: LA Cathedral could be the team to beat the Angelus League. The Phantoms (5-1) have some great weapons and have a showdown with La Canada St. Francis on Friday.
In a win over Encino Crespi, quarterback Aidan Moss completed 23 of 29 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns. Junior receiver Xavier Jordan caught six passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Ashton Sanders had two sacks.
Wilson returns: After missing last week’s loss to Citrus Valley, Chino Hills Ayala quarterback Bryan Wilson returned this week against Glendora to complete 12 of 15 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He’s 20-1 as a starting quarterback.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-10-01/prep-football-notes-rodrick-pleasant-legacy-grows-gardena-serra Rodrick Pleasant’s legacy continues to grow at Serra High