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Serra (Gardena, CA)

Nickname: Cavaliers
Colors: Royal Blue/Red
Coach: Scott Altenberg
League: Del Rey
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Northwest (X)
Playoff Division Rank: #2
CA Bowl Division: South 3 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #3

Returning Offensive Starters: 7
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2007 JV Record: 10
Starting Quarterback Returning: yes
Top Running Back Returning: yes

2007 Final Power Rating: 27.8
2007 National Rank: #1748
2007 State Rank: #138
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +16.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 44.3
2008 National Rank: #334
2008 State Rank: #38
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 15
Dynasty National Rank: #3013
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 29.3
Dynasty Record: 39-20 (19-6 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 10-2
2007 League Record/Finish: 5-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 32.7
2007 Points Against Average: 13.3
2007 Differential: +19.4
2007 Wins: #3055 St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) (37-7), #3459 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) (31-7), #4332 Pioneer Valley (Santa Maria) (24-14), #5326 Palos Verdes Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates) (20-14), #6009 Cathedral (Los Angeles) (36-0), #6089 Torrance (35-21), #6643 South (Torrance) (41-7), #7200 North (Torrance) (35-0), #9786 Bosco Tech (Rosemead) (65-6), #11440 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) (48-20)
2007 Losses: #299 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) (44-7), #2147 Redondo (Redondo Beach) (20-13)
2007 Opponents W-L: 72-62
Recent League Championships: 2007
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/5 vs Silverado (Victorville), 9/12 Carson, 9/19 at San Gabriel, 9/26 Redondo (Redondo Beach), 10/10 at Taft (Woodland Hills), 10/17 Bosco Tech (Rosemead), 10/24 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood), 10/31 at St. Bernard (Playa del Rey), 11/7 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 11/14 at Cathedral (Los Angeles)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Carson (38.2), Taft (Woodland Hills) (33.6), Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) (28.3)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) (-15.5), Bosco Tech (Rosemead) (-13.7), Silverado (Victorville) (8.6)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 6.1 (14.1 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 14.8
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +8.7
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 10-0
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 59%
Opener: 9/5 vs Silverado (Victorville) [projection: 35-3 win]

Outlook: One of the state's most improved teams for 2008 should be Serra High School from Gardena. It seems that they have D-I type talent all over the place. QB Ted Landers is talking to some programs and RB Carl Winston is a returning All-Northwest Division selection. DB Anthony Carpenter, DL Sione Tuihalamaka, WR/DB Robert Woods, and WR/DB George Farmer have all received offers from western regional programs (many from the Pac-10). As solid as the skill positions are on this team, Coach Scott Altenberg acknowledges that his depth on the lines might be an issue. "We can not afford injuries." While simply stating that this team will be better might be okay, the Cavaliers are out to prove it. They tacked on two heavyweights from the Los Angeles City Section to their non-league schedule, Carson and Taft. Of course, whenever you talk about a quality team in the Southern Section Northwest Division, one question always pops up. Can they challenge Oaks Christian? The list of contenders that might overtake the Lions is short (very short, actually), but Serra certainly is on it.