Galileo quarterback Ronald Fox (3) hands the ball off to Michael Duran (4) in the fourth quarter of a game against Mission on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps football roundup: Galileo and Sacred Heart Cathedral take home dramatic wins

SF Preps Game of the Week: Galileo 42, Mission 36: In a back-and-forth Friday thriller between two of the top teams in the Academic Athletic Association, Galileo came out on top thanks to 250 rushing yards by Yarvell Smith and key play down the stretch by Michael Duran. With under six minutes to go on Friday, and the game tied at 36, Duran hauled in a 41-yard touchdown from Ronald Fox, then recovered a fumble on the next drive to seal the win. It was the second of two touchdown receptions on the day for Duran, who also recovered a fumbled snap on a field goal. Read our full recap online.

Serra 57, Archbishop Riordan 6: After adding cornerback to his backup quarterback duties, Daylin McLemore turned in a pair of interceptions and got an entire second half back of center as the Padres rolled. The Serra defense held the Crusaders (1-5, 0-3 in WCAL) to just 191 yards of total offense, with three sacks, six tackles for loss and nine stops for zero gain or negative yards. Padres starting quarterback Luke Bottari went 6-of-7 for 145 yards and four touchdowns. Malakai Rango scored twice, on a 16-yard end around and on a screen that he took 54 yards to the house. He also had an interception on Riordan’s first drive, setting up a 54-yard screen to Patrick Simon for the game’s first score.  Read our full recap online.

Bruce-Mahoney Game: Sacred Heart Cathedral 26, St. Ignatius 21: Anthony Heard rushed for 220 yards (164 in the second half), and an 18-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback (and St. Ignatius transfer) Cian Dowling to LeVar Watkins Jr. gave the Irish (3-3, 1-2 in WCAL) the lead for good with 3:48 left. The Wildcats dropped to 0-6 with the loss, and 0-3 in league play, but junior quarterback Zach Taylor-Smith, in his first varsity start, went 10-of-16 for 129 yards. Read our full recap online.

Marin Catholic 47, San Marin 14: The Wildcats moved to 4-3 on the season, winning their third straight game in a homecoming rout. They held San Marin to just 196 yards of total offense, picked off two passes (linebacker Ryan Dolan and safety Matt Jacobsen and recovered a fumble in the win. Marin Catholic allowed one long pass — a 77-yard touchdown — while racking up tackles for loss by Jamar Sekona and Tyner Nies, and pressures from linebackers Dolan and Alex Murray.

Sophomore Matteo Perez led the way on offense with 93 rushing yards on 12 carries, with one touchdown. In all, the Wildcats would tear off 414 yards of total offense, with sophomore quarterback Chris Ingrassia going 8-of-15 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing 13 times for 61 yards and two scores. Junior quarterback Gaven Cooke completed three of five passes for 17 yards, but rushed six times for 65 yards and a score.

Lincoln 64, Washington 0: The rivalry between Lincoln and Washington wasn’t much of a contest. The Mustangs led 44-0 at half, and quarterback Jovon Baker only passed five times (completing two) for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Eight different Lincoln players carried the ball for a total of 229 yards, led by 91 yards on seven carries by junior Luis Contreras.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Contreras scored a team-high three rushing touchdowns — his first three scores of the season. All three came in the second half, with a nine-yard score, a 20-yard rumble and a 23-yarder for the final score of the game. Contreras, who also plays cornerback, came up with a sack on defense, as well.

Senior running back Desean Crawford rushed four times for 65 yards, including a 50-yarder. He opened the scoring with a nine-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, and would again score on a nine-yarder five minutes later.

As the first quarter wound down, senior Ajani Adewusi blocked a bunt and returned it five yards for a touchdown. After a Julian Aguirre tackle for loss and a Contreras sack, Eugene Larios-Felton scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to give Lincoln a 28-0 advantage to start the second quarter.

With eight minutes to go in the half, Baker hit Jack Gaughan for a 12-yard pass, and a minute later found Larios-Felton for a 12-yard touchdown.

Gaughan also had a sack, a four-yard rushing touchdown and a 29-yard punt return late in the second quarter.

Junior Tyree Cross, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound two-way athlete, made a game-high eight tackles. He now has 32 total tackles on the season, three back of Aguirre for the team lead. Aguirre made five stops on the day, including a tackle for loss. Senior Albert Moore made six tackles, including three for a loss. Sikoti Manuma also had six stops, including five solo tackles.

Other Scores:

Burton 42 @ Lowell 0: Burton rebounded from a loss to Galileo last week by beating up on the undermanned and winless Cardinals. The Pumas are now 5-1 overall and 1-1 in AAA play, headed into a bye.

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