Game of the Week: St. Ignatius 38, Mitty 24: After losing six straight games to open the season, the Wildcats scored 21 straight points in the second half to make up an 11-point deficit and then some. At the end of the third quarter, quarterback Zach Taylor-Smith tossed a lateral to wide receiver Danny Burke, who heaved it down field to tight end Bryan Blake for a 28-yard touchdown. Taylor-Smith then hit senior captain Mark Biggins on a wheel route with 9:57 to go to give the Wildcats the lead with the 57-yard score. Junior Teddye Buchanan jumped a slant route and returned it 16 yards with 9:13 to go, setting up a Jahsai Shannon 13-yard touchdown run.
Taylor-Smith completed all seven passes he attempted for a total of 136 yards and a touchdown. Biggins finished with one of two St. Ignatius interceptions, a breakup, 72 rushing yards on nine carries and three catches for 60 yards. Shannon finished with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Read more in our online recap.
San Mateo-Serra 6 @ San Jose-Valley Christian 37: In a stunner, the Padres — who had averaged over 47 points per game over their last three — were shut down by the Warriors on the road. Serra (4-3, 3-1 in WCAL) had lost to Valley Christian (5-2, 3-1) just once in their last 10 meetings. They hadn’t lost by as many as 31 points since Patrick Walsh’s first year as head coach. The only score for the Padres came when Luke Bottari connected with Terence Loville on fourth down for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 2:14 left in the third quarter.
For Serra to win at least a share of the league title for the fifth time in six years, they’re going to need to clean up the boatload of mistakes they made on Friday, as they’ll face St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral before a much-anticipated showdown with St. Francis. Read more in our online recap.
Lincoln 29, Mission 15: Newly-green-haired Lincoln running back Desean Crawford came up with a key fourth-quarter interception and then punched in a five-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to keep the Mustangs undefeated headed into next week’s Game of the Week clash against powerful Galileo. Crawford rushed for 74 yards on the day, as the defense held the Bears to just 208 yards on the day.
Lincoln (6-0, 2-0 in Academic Athletic Association) held Mission running back Jelani Al-Malik to a paltry 34 rushing yards on 14 carries, and tallied three sacks. Mustangs quarterback and safety Jovon Baker came up with his fourth pick of the season. Mission fell to 3-4 overall, and 1-2 in league play. Read more in our online recap.
Galileo 39,Lowell 8: Lions quarterback Ronald Fox went 4-for-6 for 86 yards and one touchdown toss — a 53-yarder to Reese Bickart — as Galileo ran just 13 offensive plays on the day. The Cardinals dominated time of possession, but the Lions played their second-team defense with a running clock in the second half, and ran only two offensive plays after halftime.
Bickart caught his touchdown on the second offensive play of the day, and after Lowell turned the ball over on downs on its own 35, running back Yarvell Smith rushed for two-yard touchdown run on the fifth play of the ensuing drive. Smith finished with three carries for 101 yards and tallied double-digit tackles, along with Antonio Haro.
Jimmie Edwards III then ripped off a 55-yard run on the next drive, and finished it with a two-yard score in the second quarter. Edwards also had a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.
On the second — and final — offensive play of the second half for Galileo (6-1, 3-0), Michael Duran hit on an 80-yard touchdown run.
Edwards had five carries for 68 yards.
Marin Catholic 42, Larkspur-Redwood 7: The Wildcats (5-3, 3-0 in Marin County Athletic League) won their fourth game in a row and fifth of their last six after starting the season 0-2.
Junior quarterback Gaven Cooke went 3-of-4 for 39 yards passing with a touchdown, and freshman Michael Ingrassia went 4-for-5 for 51 yards and two scores through the air. Five different Marin Catholic players caught passes, including Cooke, who caught a one-yard touchdown pass.
Sophomore running back Matteo Perez provided most of the Wildcats’ 264 yards of offense, carrying the ball 14 times for 175 yards and a score. Sophomore strong safety Kekoa Garrido added a 60-yard scoop-and-score on a backwards lateral.
Marin Catholic had an average starting position first half at the -27.4 yard line in the first half, starting five drives in its own territory. In the second half, that flipped, to a +28.4 starting position.
Redwood had six drives in the second half, and was held to just 19 yards of offense after the break. The Giants had just 55 passing yards on the day, and 106 total yards of offense, forcing two fumbles. Redwood running back Alex Aguero — who had averaged 191 yards and 2.3 touchdowns over the previous seven games — ran for just 59 yards, and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
Senior defensive tackle Dom Maclean tallied a sack, while junior linebacker Ryan Dolan (1) and senior defensive lineman Colin Kelly (2) each had tackles for loss. Kelly contained and tackled the Giants punter on a bad punt snap.
Balboa 45, Washington 0: Senior quarterback Brandon Norori scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, while junior Roman Banks added a 56-yard score on the ground. Norori added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jamere Davis, while junior A.J. Velasquez scored one touchdown and threw for a two-point conversion. Balboa (4-1, 2-0 in AAA) came up with its fourth shutout of the year, and prevented Washington (1-6, 0-3) from crossing the 50 for the entire game.