St. Paul High School continued its midseason turnaround Friday night with a 35-21 Angelus League victory over Servite on Cranham Field at Santa Fe Springs.
The victory, St. Paul's fourth straight after a 2-3 start, assured the Swordsmen of a playoff spot for the second consecutive season under second-year Coach Rick Ready, a former assistant at the University of Miami (Ohio).
The victory set up a showdown for the league title next week against Bishop Amat, which also won Friday.
Servite (2-2, 6-3) plays rival Mater Dei Thursday night.
St. Paul's Mondo Costello scored three times, including the game's first two touchdowns, which gave the Swordsmen a 14-0 lead. Costello rushed for 162 yards, caught 3 passes for 46 yards and returned a kickoff 20 yards.
Costello's six-yard touchdown run gave St. Paul a 7-0 lead with 9:06 played in the first quarter. Nine and a half minutes later he caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Willis for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. He helped put the game out of reach after Servite rallied to within one when he scored on a pass play with 2:30 left.