Los Angeles Preps: Robert Abeyta
October, 23, 2010
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
NORWALK -- Malik Felton showed why he might be Servite's secret weapon -- as if the Friars needed more artillery.
With feature back Sean DeRosa making an in-game switch to safety, Felton rushed the ball 25 times for 211 yards and two second-half scores to carry the Friars -- ranked No. 1 by ESPNLA.com -- to a 32-24 Trinity League win against St. John Bosco at Cerritos College on Friday night. Servite actually trailed in the first half, but Felton's 163 yards in the second proved to be too much for the Braves' chances at an upset.
Sometimes, a little self-motivation goes a long way.
"It seemed like the fire just burned into me," Felton said. "I talked to myself and said, 'Alright, you've got to pick this up. Let's get this going. No problem, you've got this.' "
He was right: He did have it.
Felton, a hybrid receiver who had recently been getting more and more practice reps at running back, scored from 10 yards after a Karlton Dennis blocked punt that set up the Friars (7-0) in premium field position to start the second half. He added an 11-yarder early in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game.
"He was ready for this," Servite coach Troy Thomas said. "It isn't like he was playing receiver and not getting reps at running back. He's a running back that plays receiver sometimes."
Servite needed every bit of Felton, the running back.
Down by just eight, the Braves got the ball at their own 11 with just over a minute left. But Servite's defensive front was too powerful, sacking Ray Medina near the goal line to end Bosco's potential game-tying drive before it even began.
Of course, it wasn't all Felton. Quarterback Cody Pittman dinked and dunked his way to 132 yards and a touchdown.