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California’s Top 50 high school football teams: Texas commit Maalik Murphy leads No. 32 Gardena Serra into 2021 season

"It all starts with Maalik for us. He's an elite talent and he's getting better every day." - Coach Scott Altenberg
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SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Gardena Serra Cavaliers of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 32 team in our countdown.

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SERRA TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

GARDENA SERRA HEAD COACH

Scott Altenberg - 23rd season (190-71-1)

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 4-2 overall
  • 4-1 in Mission League (T-1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • Lando Brown (LB) (6-0, 230) (Graduated)
  • Tyray Odell (LB) (6-2, 210) (Graduated)
  • Devin Ford (WR/DB) (5-11, 165) (Graduated)
  • Elijah Davis (RB) (5-8, 200) (Graduated)
  • AJ Nkele (OL) (6-8, 330) (Graduated)
  • Billy Claxton (OL/DE) (6-5, 246) (Graduated)
  • Brody McKinnon (WR) (6-1, 185) (Graduated)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 vs. Orange Lutheran – 7:00PM
  • Aug. 27 vs. Long Beach Poly – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 4 vs. American Fork (Utah) – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 10 @ Warren– 7:00PM
  • Sept. 17 vs. Carson – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 1 @ Alemany – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 8 vs. Chaminade – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 @ Cathedral – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 vs. Notre Dame – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 29 vs. Bishop Amat – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 14 overall

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Maalik Murphy (Senior-QB) (6-4, 225) (Texas Commit)

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