MOUNTAIN VIEW — In a game where yards were as hard to come by as cheap real estate in this affluent suburb, the St. Ignatius football team twice took advantage of good field position to beat St. Francis 10-6 in a West Catholic Athletic League game.
Both St. Ignatius scoring drives started inside the St. Francis 40-yard line, including an eight-play, 35-yard march that ended in a 2-yard Ryan Brown touchdown run and gave the Wildcats a 10-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter.
St. Ignatius (6-1-1, 4-1 WCAL) then kept the Lancers out of the end zone until just 1:19 remained in the game and recovered the ensuing onside kick to ice the win.
“Of course we would have liked to have gotten the shutout, but it’s a great feeling to be able to hold them to six points,” St. Ignatius linebacker Tommy Kilgore said. “The scout team and coaches did a great job in practice this week getting us ready.”
Kilgore was in the middle of perhaps the turning point of the game early in the third quarter. St. Francis (4-4-1, 1-4) was facing a fourth-and-12 on its own 24-yard line on its first possession of the second half, but instead of punting, the Lancers elected to run a fake. Kilgore brought down Preston Marguet at the 35-yard line (1 yard shy of the first down) to set up Brown’s touchdown.
St. Ignatius had a 3-0 lead after the first half, courtesy of a 29-yard Chris McCaffery field goal.
Quarterback Sam Scudellari led St. Francis, completing 16-of-36 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, but had a key fumble on a fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter that resulted in a turnover on downs.
Bellarmine 39, Riordan 27
SAN JOSE — Riordan coach Mike Landridge wanted another five minutes. What he got instead was too much Mitchell Knauf and Usua Amanam. The Bellarmine Prep running backs scored six touchdowns between them as the Bells (5-4, 3-2) defeated the Crusaders (4-5, 2-3).
Amanam put Bellarmine on the board just 14 seconds into the game, returning the opening kickoff 98 yards. Later in the first quarter, he returned a Crusaders fumble 90 yards to put the Bells up 14-7. Before they had a chance to enjoy their lead, however, Riordan answered back with a 68-yard circuscatch from quarterback Darius Bell to junior wideout Daniel Cannon.
By this point, Riordan had already lost star two-way lineman Maurice McClure, who went down with an ankle injury early in the first, and had survived a few turnovers.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Landridge said. “Their mental toughness is growing every week.”
— Larry Rosen
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL-SONOMA VALLEY, PPD.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Sonoma Valley nonconference game was postponed due to unplayable conditions at Kezar Stadium. The game will be played today at 7 p.m., but has been moved to Sonoma Valley.