Tetairoa McMillan’s Interception underscores Servite’s victory over Orange Lutheran

Many have come to shake their heads in amazement or roll their eyes in disbelief as Servite Receiver / Defensive Back Tetairoa McMillan’s latest feat was accomplished.

On Thursday night at Orange Coast College in a Trinity League opener against Orange Lutheran, McMillan did something that will become everyone’s highlight film.

In the second quarter, deep in the end zone, he jumped and used his right arm to get away with the coolest one-handed interception imaginable. Yes, Odell Beckham Jr. would have been impressed. It was an extraordinary display of athleticism, and he made it look easy.

“I’ve never done that in my life,” said McMillan, who has just started playing defense this season.

He previously caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Noah Fifita, and before that he drew a 14-yard touchdown pass. He also had a 48-yard touchdown catch, all in the first half. Also a star in volleyball, 6-foot-4 McMillan made a commitment to Oregon, and you have to wonder what the Ducks could do with his two-way talents.

Noah Fifita to Tetairoa McMillan. 48 meters. McMillan has seven catches, 187 yards, three TDs. Fifita is 14-16, 321 yards, 4 TDs. Servite 42, Orange Lutheran 6. Near half-time. pic.twitter.com/1rq56fMiYp

– Eric Sondheimer (@latsondheimer) October 1, 2021

As for the game itself, Servite led 35-0, led 42-6 at halftime and won his sixth straight win 56-12. Orange Lutherans fell back to 5-1. Yes, the Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco game on Friday night might decide the Trinity League title, but Servite won’t count. The brothers end the regular season with back-to-back games against Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.

Noah Fifita fits for his fifth touchdown. Keyan Burnett 31 yards. Servite 49, Orange Lutheran 6. Fifita is 19 out of 21 for 403 yards. pic.twitter.com/9MEFuBk2Yb

– Eric Sondheimer (@latsondheimer) October 1, 2021

Fifita was 15 of 17 for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. He also ran for a touchdown. McMillan caught seven passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. His hands, size, coordination, agility, and instincts separated McMillan, making him a major headache for defensive coordinators.

Fifita finished the game 19-of-21 with 403 yards and five touchdowns. His future college coach, Jedd Fisch from Arizona, was at the game. McMillan caught nine passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns.

“It was wow,” said Servite coach Troy Thomas of the interception.

“Regular” was the comment from Fifita, who sees McMillan working on one-handed catch every day in practice.

Thomas, who played on the defensive at Crespi and CSUN, said: “He’s actually going to be a really good defensive player. I couldn’t play that. There are few guys who can do that. He is one of them. “

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