What is happening? Am I trapped in an alternate OCVarsity universe? Have I offended the OCVarsity gods?
After suffering my fourth consecutive OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch defeat, it was time to go on a Vision Quest. I needed to go on a spiritual journey to find a way to break this four-Deathmatch losing streak.
So I found myself wandering the desert like Caine from “Kung Fu.” Armed only with my spiritual training and skill in the martial arts, I fought desperados and ruffians who tried to oppress the innocent and helpless.
Then it was back to wandering the desert. Finally, as I was about to pass out due to heat exhaustion and dehydration, I had a vision. A majestic creature appeared in the heavens. It was an eagle soaring in the sky. THAT’S IT!!!!
I quickly made my way back to civilization. I have an OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch to win. This week’s OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch game is the Trinity League opener between No. 9 Servite (2-3) and top-ranked Santa Margarita (5-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Saddleback College.
Andrew Moore rushed for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Servite snap a two-game offensive funk and beat St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, 38-6. The Friars had been shut out the two previous games.
Santa Margarita has been on a record-smashing tour on the way to a 5-0 start, but the Eagles lost Nebraska-bound quarterback Johnny Stanton to a season-ending knee injury in their 35-27 triumph over St. Bonaventure of Ventura. But the Eagles still have running back Ryan Wolpin to rely on and they have great offensive and defensive lines to do battle in the trenches. Josh Canty will probably get a lot of the snaps at quarterback and Connor O’Brien could be a factor out of the wildcat formation.
I’m going with the Eagles, of course, and I’m putting my Godzilla action figure on the line.
The next step was to find a fanatical supporter of the Servite Friars for this OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch. That’s not a problem in Credo Nation. Cathie Fryer stepped up to accept my OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch challenge. That’s right, Mrs. FryDay Night, the wife of Mr. FryDay Night, is ready to do battle inside the OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch arena.
Mrs. FryDay Night has true Credo Nation bona fides. She is a 1976 graduate of Rosary where she was the recipient of the Royalette Award, the highest honor bestowed by the school. Rosary is Servite’s sister school, so Mrs. FryDay Night has grown up as a Rosary and Servite supporter. She bleeds Rosary red and Servite black.
Mrs. FryDay Night’s daughter, Stephanie, a 2004 Rosary graduate, played volleyball for the Royals, and her son, Sean, a 2007 Servite graduate, played right tackle for the Friars before going on to play at Catholic University. Mrs. FryDay Night stills works as a volunteer and helps out as a fundraiser for Servite and Rosary.
As I walked into Mr. and Mrs. FryDay Night’s home on Tuesday evening to solidify our OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch with a blood oath, I was blown away by the Servite shrine. I mean, it was like one of those shrines that a stalker or serial killer has except it was dedicated to Servite football.
There were Credo signs, Credo banners and bedazzled Credo signs. There were Servite necklaces, Servite bracelets and Servite earrings. There were Servite t-shirts, Servite blankets and Servite bleacher chairs. There was an amazing photo of Sean made up of miniature photos of Servite players and fans from when the Friars played Mater Dei at Angel Stadium in 2006. There was autographed Chris Galippo helmet and an autographed Steve Beuerlein football.
Mrs. FryDay Night told me Credo is Latin for “I believe.” I believe Mrs. FryDay Night might be Servite’s most fanatical supporter. Mrs. FryDay Night is the most devout supporter of her team I have come across in OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch history. I’m starting to get a little nervous. I do have a four-Deathmatch losing streak and Servite is known to pull off huge upsets out of nowhere.
Mrs. FryDay Night is putting up her Royal Bear that is holding a photo of former Servite football coach Larry Toner against my Godzilla action figure.