Serra Cavaliers: 2019 Division 1/2 Southern Section high school football preview

Here’s an inside look at the CIF Southern Section Division 1/2 Serra Cavaliers football team.

Links: Serra team page | 2019 schedule | Roster


5-6 (2-3) #4 in Mission League, Division 1 playoffs first round (lost 49-0 to St. John Bosco)


Scott Altenberg – 21st season – 180-64-1


15 starters come back for Serra


Justin Houston (LB) 6’4-210, Sr

Doug Brumfield (QB) 6’5-204, Sr. 

Lavon Bunkley-Shelton (WR). 6’0-175, Sr. 

Devyn King (CB) 6’0-187, Sr.

Jalen Armstead (RB) 6’1-200, Sr.

Jacobe Simms (OL) 6’2-300, Jr.

Billy Claxton (OL) 6’5-252, Jr. 

Maalik Murphy (QB) 6’5, 215 Soph.

Devin Kirkwood (DB) 6’3, 180. Jr.

Ronald Gilliam WR, DB 6-1 180 Sr.


Lavon Bunkley-Shelton (WR)

National recruit. 81 catches for 1,012 yards and three TDs as a junior. Also played cornerback.

Justin Houston (LB)

National recruit. Made 105 tackles and recovered a fumble in 2018.

Doug Brumfield (QB)

UNLV commit. Threw for 3,112 yards and 20 TDs last season. Will split time with Maalik Murphy.


Injuries killed Serra last year and led to a down season. There is enough talent there to make a playoff run this year, especially in Division 2, but can the Cavaliers stay healthy? That’s the question.

Coach Altenberg echoed the injury concerns.

“Our strengths this year will be at the returning skill positions,” said Altenberg. “We have an experienced O-line, returning 4 starters. Our weaknesses will be depth. We will struggle if we sustain a lot of injuries.”

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