SF Preps Roundup: St. Ignatius is playoff-bound and two local volleyball teams head to the postseason

St. Ignatius 34, San Jose-Bellarmine Prep 0: The Wildcats are now officially playoff-bound with an at-large bid, thanks to winning three of their final four games, including their second shutout in a row on Saturday. Mark Biggins rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns, adding a third on a 55-yard interception return. Jack Hagfeldt had four pass breakups, and when he stepped in at quarterback, added a 40-yard zone read touchdown run. Read our full recap online.

Serra 7, Mountain View-St. Francis 42: The Lancers clinched their first outright West Catholic Athletic League title since 2003 with a resounding win over a resurgent Padres team that had won five of its last six games. For Serra, it was the program’s most lopsided home defeat in WCAL play since the league was formed in 1967. Padres quarterback Luke Bottari connected with Malakai Rango on an 18-yard touchdown to get Serra (6-4, 5-2) within seven points with 1:26 left in the first half, but that was as close as the Padres would get. Read our full recap online.

Burton 52 @ Washington 0: The Pumas (6-3, 2-3 in Academic Athletic Association) ripped off 406 yards of total offense, including 255 on the ground, staying in the hunt for a top-four spot in the AAA, a game behind Balboa. Senior running back Jericho Niko carried most of the load, rushing 17 times for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

As potent as Burton’s rushing attack was, the game started with an eight-yard TD pass from Cary Kuang  to Alfonzo Smith. That was the only score in the first quarter, but the Pumas would make up for it in the second. Niko rushed for a nine-yard score, followed by a 30-yard pass from Smith (6-of-12 for 147 yards 3 TDs) to Sione Tea. Smith then returned to the wide receiver spot for a four-yard touchdown catch from Tea, making the score 28-0.

Smith added a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown, and then Niko scored his second touchdown — on a 13-yard run — in the third quarter. Kuang finished things off with an 18-yard scoring strike to Smith, who caught five passes on the day for 36 yards.

Lincoln 30 @ Balboa 0: The Mustangs finished a perfect regular season with a resounding win over the Buccaneers (5-3, 3-2), who now sit in a precarious fourth place in the AAA. Lincoln got a pair of big days on the ground from quarterback Jovon Baker (19 rushes for 142 yards and a touchdown) and Desean Crawford (21 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown), while Jack Gaughan rushed 11 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also added four tackles and a sack.

Baker, who paced the Mustangs (9-0, 5-0) with 8 tackles on defense, went 10-of-16 through the air for 107 yards, hitting A.J. Adewusi for a 54 yard score for his only passing touchdown of the day. Adewusi, along with his three catches for 75 yards, also blocked a punt.

Both Alex Cardenas and Luis Contreras tallied interceptions, while Contreras had five tackles. Julian Aguirre and Albert Moore each had five stops, while Leo Gallegos had four.

Marin Catholic 42, Santa Rosa 0: In the first round of the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs, the No. 5-seeded Wildcats easily got past Santa Rosa, and will now go on the road to face No. 4-seeded Grenada on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Gaven Cooke went 7-of-11 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown, hitting senior Vaughn Mauterer four times for 76 yards and a score. Cooke also rushed five times for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Ryan Dolan rushed seven times for 112 yards and a score

Sophomore Matt Jacobsen had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 14 @ San Jose-Archbishop Mitty 26: The Irish fell to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the West Catholic Athletic League.The winners of the Team Award for the Central Coast Section for the highest team GPA will take on Live Oak on the road on Firday at 7 p.m. in Morgan Hill in the first round of the playoffs.

Mission 42 @ Lowell 12: The Bears won their second game in a row after back-to-back losses to Lincoln and Galileo and now sit at 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the AAA. They sit in a third-place tie with Balboa, but the Buccaneers face Galileo (7-2, 4-1) in the season finale this week. Should Balboa win, though, Mission holds the tiebreaker with a head-to-head 37-13 win on Oct. 26.

Other Sports:
No. 6-seeded St. Ignatius women’s volleyball will face off with No. 3-seeded Marin Catholic on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Marin Catholic, in the opening round of the state playoffs. St. Ignatius got ahead 2-0 on rival Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Central Coast Section title game last week, but the Irish came back to win the match, 3-2, taking the final game, 15-12.

Duke-bound Lizzie Fleming had 23 kills and a .455 attack percentage, while Washington University-St. Louis-bound Megan Lucey had 19 kills and hit .315 for St. Ignatius. Sacred Heart Cathedral (30-6) was led by Megan Lenn, who had 17 kills, including the match winner. Lauren Sera had 13 kills, while Skylar Canady had 12.

The No. 1-seeded Irish won the regular-season WCAL title, the WCAL playoffs and the Central Coast Section title, and will take on No. 8-seeded Ponderosa in Shingle Springs on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the state playoffs. Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius could see each another again on Nov. 13 in the NorCal Open Division finals. The winner of that game will head to the state title game.

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