McCaffery uses his legs to provide spark for Wildcats
As a versatile athlete known for his exploits on the football field and the baseball diamond, St. Ignatius senior Chris McCaffery often relies heavily on his powerful right arm.
However, in the St. Ignatius football team’s 14-7 win over West Catholic Athletic League rival Riordan at Kezar Stadium, McCaffery’s most impressive feats came courtesy of his legs.
McCaffery’s daring bootleg dive into the end zone gave St. Ignatius (4-1-1, 2-0 WCAL) a 7-0 lead in the second quarter and his fourth-down scramble with less than two minutes remaining sealed the Wildcats’ impressive victory over the Crusaders (3-3, 1-1).
Confirming he’s no slouch through the air, McCaffery also completed five of 10 passes for 133 yards, but it was his 29 yards rushing that proved to be more important.
“They flushed me out of the pocket a couple of times,” McCaffery said. “I’m the type of player who will get yards anyway I can and tonight I was getting them on the ground.”
With the ball at the Riordan 4-yard line and just 16 seconds remaining in the first half, McCaffery rolled off the right side of the field and took flight at the 2-yard line, sneaking in past the pylon despite getting hit fiercely by Crusaders defensive end Robert Jones.
McCaffery’s scoring dash gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead heading into halftime, but the Crusaders came out of the break rejuvenated behind the play of quarterback Darius Bell and tight end Jones.
Bell’s 25-yard scoring toss to Jones capped off a seven-play, 65-yard drive that tied the score 7-7 just four minutes into the third quarter.
St. Ignatius, led by McCaffery, quickly answered. On their ensuing possession the Wildcats marched 70 yards on 12 plays, capped off by Ryan Brown’s 3-yard scoring plunge that proved to be the difference. McCaffery went 2-of-3 for 38 yards on the drive, including a beautifully placed 31-yard strike to wide receiver Carter McLennan that brought the Wildcats into Crusaders territory.
After the St. Ignatius score, the Wildcats’ defense took over, shutting out Riordan for the rest of the half and forcing Bell into two interceptions. One of those interceptions, picked off by cornerback B.J. Domingo, came at the St. Ignatius 1-yard line.
BALBOA 52, GALILEO 0
Soloman Webster rushed for 163 yards on 21 carries and scored five touchdowns as theBuccaneers
(2-4, 2-1) routed the Lions (0-6, 0-3) in an Academic Athletic Association game. Webster scored twice in the first quarter and Luther Gary returned an interception 71 yards for an early 22-0 advantage.
“Soloman is just a horse,” Buccaneers coach Keith Minor said of his senior running back.
Paving the way for Webster was a line that includes sophomores Josh De La Cruz and Jorge Mendoza, who also gave quarterback Eric Lara enough protection to go 8-of-13 for 94 yards and one TD.
“We opened up with a tough schedule and had a lot of injuries [to defensive players]. That’s what we missed,” Minor said. “Guys don’t have to play till they cramp and that’s making the difference.”
— Jesse Haley
WASHINGTON 74, MARSHALL 6
Keith Smith ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter while fellow running back Maurice Barton had three scores — including an 85-yard kickoff return — as the Eagles (2-4, 2-1) rolled past the Phoenix (0-3, 0-3) in a AAA game.
Anthony Brewer provided the lone Marshall highlight when, with the help of a block by Tevin Bishop, scampered for an 81-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“Everything we tried to do seemed to work today,” said coach Rick Stevens, whose Eagles face Lincoln next week.
— Amanda Stupi