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Don't tell these guys it's only an exhibition

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Mountain View High defensive end Noah Kjos celebrates a tackle by one of his teammates. He recovered a fumble in the game.

There was nothing on the line but pride, and that proved more than enough to motivate the players in the 42nd annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game. These guys wanted to win.

Exhibition game or not, the players fought hard – receivers surely felt a few of the huge hits the next day – and some of them got a little overzealous. There were personal fouls and even an ejection in the senior showcase at Levis’ Stadium, where the South edged the North 23-20 Saturday.

It's time to shine

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Los Altos High senior Patrick Vargas carries the ball against Mountain View last season. The running back is among seven local players selected for Saturday’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium.

When the call came last April, Patrick Vargas didn’t believe it. The voice on the other end told the Los Altos High senior he had been selected to play in this weekend’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game.

Vargas was surprised – and suspicious.

St. Francis seizes spot in state bowl game

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St. Francis High quarterback Kamalii Akina completed all five of his passes, three of them for touchdowns, Saturday.

Shaking off its toughest loss of the year, the St. Francis High football team pounded Pleasant Valley 29-7 to claim the Northern California Division II-A championship and a state bowl game berth this weekend.

The Lancers entered Saturday’s game in Oroville with a mound of motivation after falling to Oak Grove on a last-minute touchdown in the Central Coast Section Open Division II final a week earlier.

St. Francis falls in final

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St. Francis High defensive end Adam Poltrack tries to a beat a blocker and get to Oak Grove ball carrier Rashaan Fontenette. The Lancers had trouble containing the elusive Fontenette (195 yards).

In years past, the St. Francis High football team would have plenty of time to get over a gut-twisting loss in the Central Coast Section final, but there wasn’t a way for the Lancers to redeem themselves. Their season was over.

This year, however, the expanded regional-playoff format allows St. Francis to play on.

Lancers wallop Wilcox

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Junior Cyrus Habibi-Likio races to the end zone on St. Francis High’s first play from scrimmage in Friday’s semifinal game. The 74-yard score was the first of four touchdowns by the running back.

After Wilcox methodically marched 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division II semifinal, host St. Francis High responded with a quick strike that seemed to change the tone of the football game for good.

On the Lancers’ first play from scrimmage, running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio burst through the middle of the line and raced 74 yards to the end zone, igniting the chilled crowd and energizing his teammates. St. Francis never trailed again, whipping Wilcox 41-21.

SF football team pounds Pioneer to open playoffs

The St. Francis High football team rolled over visiting Pioneer 52-28 Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division II playoffs.

The top-seeded Lancers (10-1) are now a win away from the title game. They are scheduled to host No. 4 Wilcox (9-2) in the semifinals 7 p.m. Friday. The Chargers are coming off a 56-34 rout of fifth-seeded Leigh (8-3).

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