EJ Lahlouh fights through a Serra offensive lineman on Oct. 6, 2018 at San Mateo-Serra. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football Roundup: AAA playoff picture gets clearer, Serra bounces back

SF Preps Game of the Week: Lincoln 52, Galileo 18:  In a match-up of the Academic Athletic Association’s top two teams, Desean Crawford scored five touchdowns for the Mustangs to tie a school Lincoln held by the late David Henderson.

Crawford ran for a season-best 223 yards, as the Mustangs dealt the Lions’ their first league loss, and first loss overall since a Week 3 clash with Rio Vista. Lincoln was able to hold running back Yarvell Smith to 18 yards, and he left late with a thumb injury. Matthew Tu took over for the injured Ronald Fox at quarterback late in the game, and went 5-for-8 passing for 59 yards.

Lincoln quarterback Jovon Baker threw just two passes — completing both for a total of nine yards — and rushed for 73 yards on nine carries, including a one-yard touchdown and a 45-yard gash through the middle of the field.

Now 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league, Galileo will rest injured Fox (ankle) next week at Washington (1-7, 0-4) before hosting Balboa (5-1, 3-0) on Nov. 9 in the season finale.

The Mustangs (7-0, 3-0) face Burton (5-2, 1-2) next Saturday at 2 p.m. Read our full recap online.

Stanfel Cup: Sacred Heart Cathedral 38, Archbishop Riordan 0: With Anthony Heard out due to a concussion, Sacred Heart Cathedral turned to little-used fullback Danilo Ruiz, who had just 13 carries coming into Friday. Ruiz rushed 13 times for 66 yards against the Crusaders, adding 34 yards receiving. The Fightin’ Irish scored 14 points off of turnovers — including a 70-yard pick six by Levar Watkins. Watkins would score two more touchdowns on the day, including a 14-yard screen to cap off a scoring drive begun by a Kelekolio Mateo interception.

Sophomore quarterback Cian Dowling continues to impress, and Watkins said that he and the other receivers need to improve to match Dowling’s arm talent. He completed 13-of-18 passes for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with a third score — a would-be 17-yard fade to Mateo — going off his receiver’s hands.

Evan Dere had a tackle for loss, a 50-yard run and a 27-yard run off of right tackle. Evan Branch-Haynes, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound two-way sophomore lineman, scored on a two-point conversion carry, and should be getting a lot of college looks with his speed and flexibility.

The Irish will host San Mateo-Serra on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 pm at Kezar Stadium. The Irish have allowed 110 points in eight games, and have shut out each of their last two opponents. Read more in our online recap.

St. Ignatius 14 @ Serra 50: In the Padres’ only night game of the year, they got back to their winning ways after taking a 37-6 upset loss last week at San Jose-Valley Christian. Serra, celebrating homecoming, got three touchdowns from senior running back/linebacker E.J. Lahlouh, who also led the team with 11 tackles and a sack. With recent offers from Stetson and San Diego, Lahlouh — a Davidson commit — rushed nine times for 98 yards, including a long of 53.

Quarterback Luke Bottari went 13-of-19 for 140 yards passing, with one touchdown and one pick on the day. Bottari ran five times for 61 yards, and junior Nate Sanchez rushed 13 times for 45 yards.

Terence Loville, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior, caught four balls for the second game in the row, this week for 66 yards. Loville also added 39 kick return yards and nine punt return yards for a total of 114 on Friday night. Loville has caught a ball in every game this season for a total of 373 yards on 22 grabs.

The Wildcats (1-7, 1-4 in WCAL) still have a chance to back into the playoffs. Having faced three state champs already this season, and a fourth in the Padres, St. Ignatius has a strong enough schedule that, if they beat Riordan (1-7, 0-5) and Bellarmine Prep (2-7, 1-4), they would likely make the playoffs as an at-large team.

Marin Catholic 41 @ Drake 0: The Wildcats traveled to San Anselmo and came back with their fifth straight win on Saturday, led by sophomore running back Matteo Perez. The 5-foot-9, 172-pounder rushed 10 times for 174 yards, and added two catches for 10 yards for good measure. Those two catches included five-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

After Marin Catholic missed the PAT, they went on to score on a 35-yard interception return by senior Vaughn Mauterer and a 55-yard punt return by quarterback Gaven Cooke to go up 27-0 at halftime.

Cooke didn’t spend much time back of center, going 4-of-5 for 39 yards. Freshman Michael Ingrassia went 8-for-18, with a pair of picks and 135 yards.

Lowell 22, Washington 0: The Cardinals are no longer winless, as they beat up on Washington on the road. Lowell got rushing touchdowns form Jeremiah Hizon, Benjamin Ng and Treyvor Turmon in the win. The Cardinals have a bye before hosting Mission and Lincoln — two of the top teams in the AAA — to end the season.

Balboa 47, Burton 28: With Mission idle this week, either Balboa or Burton had a chance to make a play for second place in the AAA, and Balboa took the brass ring. Balboa will take on the Bears directly next week on Oct. 26 at Kezar Stadium.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Burton beat Balboa. Balboa beat Burton, 47-28. 

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