St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Prep Football Roundup: Serra bounces back, a star emerges for St. Ignatius

Games of the Week:

Oakland Tech 20, Mission 6: Suiting up just 18 players, Mission endured a 19-play drive to start the game by the Bulldogs, who had alumnus Marshawn Lynch on the sidelines. The Bears couldn’t recover, but did regroup after halftime, and held Oakland Tech to just 88 yards of offense and no scores after the half. Jelani Al-Malik caught two passes for 16 yards for the Bears, while rushing seven times for 45 yards and a touchdown, scoring from nine yards out with 5:14 left in the game. Al-Malik rushed for 393 yards on 56 carries as the team’s second-leading rusher last season. Read more online in our Prep Game of the Week.

Moraga-Campolindo 34, St. Ignatius 21: Without star dual-threat quarterback Teddye Buchanan and offensive lineman Jack Dyke, St. Ignatius had a rough time getting much offense going against Campolindo, falling behind 27-0. A new star, however, emerged: Jahsai Shannon. The sophomore tailback rushed for 113 yards on 13 second-half carries as the Wildcats made things respectable. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Shannon already looks the part of an every-down back who could play at the next level. Read more online in our full recap.

Other SF Preps Action:

Danville-San Ramon Valley 55, Riordan 0: The Crusaders dropped to 0-2 a week after a narrow 49-48 loss to Richmond-Salesian. Riordan was bulldozed by quarterback Brandon Cammisa, who threw three touchdowns, and Stanford-bound four-star recruit Tristan Sinclair, who rushed for two touchdowns. The Wolves led 45-0 at halftime. Riordan now heads up north for a date with Napa (0-2) on Sept. 8. The Indians are also winless, losing to Turlock-Pittman 55-7, Manteca-East Union 55-12 and Grass Valley-Nevada Union, 59-34.

Serra 41, Elk Grove 17: The Padres bounced back in a big way from their season-opening loss to Gardena-Serra in the Honor Bowl, thumping Elk Grove in every important offensive category. The Padres had 24 first downs to Elk Grove’s eight, tore off 441 yards to the Thundering Herd’s 205 and saw four touchdown returns, including a pair from Malakai Rango, who returned kickoffs 85 yards and 96 yards to the house. Senior defensive end Jason Venturi took a 49-yard interception back for a score, and linebacker/running back Nate Sanchez returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown. Sanchez had a team-high 16 tackles, including 12 solo.

After going 17-for-26 for 198 yards in the opener, quarterback Luke Bottari went 11-for-13 for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Herd, while also rushing seven times for a team-leading 67 yards. Fifty-five of those yards came on a touchdown run, while he also added a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terence Loville.

Palma 17, Sacred Heart Cathedral 14: After a solid 20-7 road win at Fernley in Nevada to open the season, the Irish dropped a heartbreaker to Palma in Salinas, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to teams in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Chieftans took a slim 3-0 lead into the half, and SHC forced three straight punts before striking for a 40-yard touchdown run from Anthony Heard. Heard gave the Irish the 6-3 lead on a fourth-and-four carry with 1:49 left in the third quarter, but Palma struck for a pair of scores in the final stanza, opening up with a score just four seconds in, and then adding a 37-yard touchdown run by Anthony Villegas.

Sacred Heart Cathedral scored with 2:20 left, and added a two-point conversion, but Palma bled the clock, giving the Irish just 1:06 to go 89 yards on their final drive. A Brent Eastman interception on third down with 41.5 seconds to go — his second of the game — sealed the loss for Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Irish next take the field on Sept. 7, hosting Cupertino-Homestead at 7 p.m.

Other Scores:

Burton 50, Richmond 20

San Jose-Harker 40, Washington 6

Looking Ahead: Our Game of the Week this coming week will be San Manteo-Serra visiting Pittsburg, set for 7 p.m. on Friday … Galileo (1-0) will face off against Concord-Ygnacio Valley on Friday at 7 p.m. on the road. The Lions are coming off a big 52-6 win against Hoopa Valley in their opener on Aug. 25. … Mission (0-2) will travel across the bay to play Fremont at Curt Flood Field on Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. … Burton will take a bye before facing Petaluma-St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday, Sept. 15 at noon in the Touchdowns Against Cancer series … Also in the TAC series, Balboa (1-0) will play the Oakland Military Institute on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the OMI … Lincoln (1-0), led by senior running back Desean Crawford (201 yards on 25 carries) will face Hayward-Mt. Eden in Hayward on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. … Washington (0-1) will visit the California School for the Deaf (3-0) on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. … Marin Catholic (0-2) will host Kennedy on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.

To report prep scores, highlights and stats, email rgorcey@sfmediaco.comAcademic Athletic AssociationAnthony HeardArchbishop RiordanArchbishop Riordan CrusadersArchbishop Riordan High SchoolHigh school footballJahsai ShannonJelani Al-Malikjunipero serra highJunipero Serra High Schoolluke bottariMarshawn Lynchmission bearsMission footballMission high school footballOakland TechOakland Tech footballprep footballPrep SportsSacred Heart Cathedralsacred heart cathedral fightin’ irishSacred Heart Cathedral High Schoolsan francisco high school sportssan francisco prep sportsSerra footballserra padresSF prepsSt. Ignatiusst. ignatius college prepSt. Ignatius high school footballst. ignatius wildcatsTerence LovilleTristan Sinclair

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