Garden Grove, Segerstrom apply final touches to preseason

SANTA ANA – Segerstrom hosted Garden Grove Friday night at Segerstrom High as both teams played their last scrimmage before their Week 0 openers.

Garden Grove coach Ricardo Cepeda was proud the Argonauts’ defensive performance. Garden Grove held the Jags scoreless and recorded a pair of interceptions.

“We’re getting better every day, but obviously not where we want to be yet,” Cepeda said. “Our goal is to get better every day so by the end of the season we’re peaking when we go to the playoffs.”

Garden Grove’s Brandon Coleman provided the only score of the scrimmage. He caught an under thrown pass in the back of the end zone despite excellent coverage by the Jaguars’ secondary.

“Whenever we have a one-on-one with me, they see that as a mismatch,” Coleman said. “I just tell the quarterback to give me one where I can be able to catch it and make a play. It’s what I’ve been working on every year.”

When asked about Coleman’s catch, Cepeda brought up the name of former NFL receiver Randy Moss.

“He ‘Mossed’ it,” Cepeda proclaimed. “Coleman’s our guy and he’s getting lots of recruiting attention.”

Segerstrom was equally impressive on the defensive side of the ball, but Coach Joseph Tagaloa saw room for plenty of improvement.

“I give us a C+,” he said. “We did a lot of good things on both sides of the ball. Obviously we scrimmage to get those mental mistakes out. Overall I was pleased with our effort, our kids came out here and they flew around, especially on defense.”

On offense, Sagel Simon and Kishon Allen showed flashes of athleticism in the Jaguars’ first couple of possessions.

Tagaloa said, “When you bring the athleticism that Kishon Allen and Sagel bring to the field it makes life easy as an offensive play caller.”

Both teams start their season on Friday, Aug. 25. Garden Grove plays at Santa Ana Valley, and Segerstrom travels to Santa Monica.

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