St. Ignatius looks to hand Burlingame its first loss of the season

A quick glance at the records of St. Ignatius (3-8) and Burlingame (11-0) and it’s easy to think their Central Coast Section Division III football semifinal tonight at 7 will be a lopsided affair.

But if the track record of West Catholic Athletic League teams in the CCS playoffs holds true, the undefeated Panthers will be in for a dogfight.

Fifth-seeded St. Ignatius beat Christopher of Gilroy 24-0 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals, while top-seeded Burlingame walloped Hillsdale 31-7.

St. Ignatius, which ran the table in the CCS Open Division playoffs last year, has its hands full in trying to slow down a Burlingame team averaging 45.5 points per game while allowing just 6.6 points. The Panthers’ closest game this season was decided by 16 points.

Burlingame features a stable of running backs that helps the Panthers churn out 287.8 yards per game on the ground.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, will look to ride running back Elijah Dale and hope Joe Lang, who has five punt return scores this year, can provide a big-play spark.

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