Villa Park football delivers big-time effort, knocks off No. 6 Servite

  • Servite’s Cade Fuller’s, right, punt is blocked by Villa Park’s Noah Sanchez, center, in the first quarter in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Zion Alefosio runs toward the end zone for the score after catching a pass against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. Wide receiver Isaac Hermosillo, left, signals a touchdown. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Villa Park running back Anthony Hakai, left, jumps over Servite defenders as he tries for more yardage in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park running back Anthony Hakai, right, is pulled down by Servite wide receiver Zedakiah Centers, center, and Jaron Botiz, left, but not after gaining big yardage in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park free safety Kumasi Jabulani, left, gets in front of Servite wide receiver Damien Moun, right, to tip a pass away late in the fourth quarter in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite’s Cade Rosenkranz gets set to catch a pass against Villa Park in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite coach Troy Thomas directs his players during the game against Villa Park in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park quarterback Paul Piferi fires a pass against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park fullback Jared Johnson, left, is congratulated by teammate tackle Joel Rivera after Johnson scores a touchdown against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite wide receiver Jake Overman is brought down by Villa Park free safety Ryan Michael after catching a pass in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Zion Alefosio, left, makes the catch in front of Servite’s Zedakiah Centers in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park running back Anthony Hakai, right, celebrates with Zack Branca after Villa Park’s victory over Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite quarterback Blaze McKibbon gets ready to fire a pass against Villa Park in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Screaming Villa Park fans cheer their team as they take the field for their game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite fans cheer as their team walks onto the field before the game against Villa Park in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park fans cheer their team as they take the field for their game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park wide receiver Dylan Bonilla, center, celebrates his touchdown on a pass play with teammate Isaac Hermosillo, right, in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park center Noah Torres, right, gets a congratulatory hug after the Spartans won their game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Servite coach Troy Thomas yells out instructions to his players during the game against Villa Park in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich watches the action during the game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich talks with his players after winning their game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Villa Park bans flag girls get ready to march onto the field before the game against Servite in Orange on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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ORANGE – Villa Park earned a stunning victory 28-14 victory over No. 6 Servite on Friday night at El Modena High.

Just don’t call it an upset.

“We always say in big-time moments big-time players make the plays and tonight was our night,” Spartans coach Dusan Ancich said. “We’ve talked about execution and not coming close but winning, and this got us over that hump.”

Paul Piferi threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and Anthony Hakai ran for 131 yards to lead the No. 11 Spartans (3-1).

The Spartans, ranked No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4, defeated the Friars (3-1), ranked No. 8 in Division 1, for the first time in Ancich’s tenure as coach.

This first big play of the game came courtesy of Noah Sanchez’s blocked punt at the Servite 7. Two plays later Hakai’s first score gave the Spartans a 6-0 lead.

The Friars answered back and took a 7-6 lead when Kyle Bandy scored on a 1-yard run.

Villa Park answered back with a 53-yard scoring drive capped by a fourth-and-goal score from the 1 by Hakai.

The Spartans controlled the clock for the majority of the second quarter thanks to a physical offensive line that helped Hakai and Jared Johnson gain tough yards up the middle.

The Spartans were only able to muster 14 first-half point despite four trips to the red zone. A missed field goal in the first quarter and a lost fumble in the second stopped the Spartans from adding to their advantage.

Piferi was sharp with the ball as he distributed passes to seven different receivers, including a 49-yard TD to Dylan Bonilla in the third quarter and a 36-yard scoring toss to Zion Alefosio in the fourth.

Bonilla was able to get behind one-and-one coverage and sprint to the end zone to give the Spartans a 21-14 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Servite tied the score at 14 on the first drive of the second half when Zedakiah Centers richoted off a Spartans defender after a short catch in the flat that turned into a 50-yard TD catch.

The Spartans held the Friars scoreless for the rest of the game.

Servite missed a pair of field goals in the third and then Blaze McKibbin was intercepted by Bonilla with 2:11 left in the game to end any chance of a comeback.

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