St. Ignatius can't get offense going in loss to St. Francis

Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSt. Ignatius' Luke Lotti hauls in a pass during Saturday's game against St. Francis.

Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSt. Ignatius' Luke Lotti hauls in a pass during Saturday's game against St. Francis.

Coming into their West Catholic Athletic League opener against undefeated St. Francis, St. Ignatius knew points would be hard to produce.

The Lancers (4-0, 1-0), had given up only 12 points total in their first three games of the season. More impressively, the first-string defense had yet to allow a single point.

Saturday, on a gorgeous day in San Francisco, St. Ignatius got a dose of just how stingy the St. Francis defense is.

St. Ignatius (0-4, 0-1) remained winless on the season as it succumbed to St. Francis 14-6.

“We liked our game plan coming in, and our kids competed hard,” St. Ignatius head coach John Regalia said. “”They [just] have a great defense.”

St. Francis needed two big offensive plays in the second half to overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit.

With 6:41 left in the third quarter and faced with a 3rd-and-11 from their own 46-yard line, Lancers quarterback Ryan Johnson hit running back Alex Andrighetto on the left sideline at the St. Ignatius 40-yard line. Andrighetto did the rest, breaking a tackle and racing into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown.

“That's a play we worked on all week in practice and Ryan did a great job on reading the defense on that play,” St. Francis head coach Greg Calcagno said. “Once Alex caught it, we had the first down, but he got into the open field and with his speed, he was able to take it all the way.”

In the fourth quarter with just over two minutes elapsed, St. Francis running back Landon Baty broke through a gaping hole on the left side of the offensive line — broke a tackle — and outran the Wildcats' defense for a 59-yard touchdown.

That was all the offense the Lancers would need.

“On the run by Baty, we made some adjustments in the running game, and like Alex, once Landon gets in space, he's hard to catch,” Calcagno said.

Despite being able to muster only six first downs and 205 total yards, St. Ignatius had its chances throughout.

The Wildcats had three drives stall inside the Lancers 15-yard line in the first half before settling for a 27 and 29-yard field goals from kicker Andrew Ferrero.

Despite the Wildcats' struggles to move the ball, they were position to tie the game after quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt connected with wide receiver Joe Lang for a 33-yard pass on 3rd-and-11 with 2:46 left in the game.

But St. Ignatius' drive would stall as the St. Francis defense forced Hagfeldt to throw three straight incompletions.

Despite four straight losses to start the season, Regalia, whose team takes on Riordan next Friday night, remained upbeat about his team.

“Our guys kept battling and competing, and we're working our way up,” Regalia said. “We're building our team each week and this team has great spirit. We'll continue to work and get better.”

Prep SportsSt. FrancisSt. IgnatiusWCAL

Just Posted

ose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014. 
Rose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014.
Willie and Rose: An alliance for the ages

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is pictured at bat on July 29 against the Dodgers at Oracle Park; the teams are in the top spots in their league as the season closes. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
With playoff positions on the line, old rivalries get new life

Giants cruised through season, Dodgers not far behind

Pachama, a Bay Area startup, is using technology to study forests and harness the carbon-consuming power of trees. (Courtesy Agustina Perretta/Pachama)
Golden Gate Park visitors may take a survey about options regarding private car access on John F. Kennedy Drive, which has been the subject of controversy during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Your chance to weigh in: Should JFK remain closed to cars?

Host of mobility improvements for Golden Gate Park proposed

Most Read