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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).

Spartans surge in second half to take down rival Eagles 35-10


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Mountain View High’s Jai Austin rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns Friday night.

Mountain View High didn’t look like a football team fighting for a playoff berth in the first half of Friday’s game against Los Altos, which also needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

The Spartans trailed 3-0 at halftime after committing a turnover and two drive-crushing penalties while mustering just three first downs – six fewer than the rival Eagles.

Wild win for Lancers


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St. Francis High running back Lutoviko Ahoia fights his way into the end zone in the second quarter of Friday’s win over Serra.

More than a few football fans headed for the exit at St. Francis High’s Ron Calcagno Stadium Friday night after Serra scored with four minutes remaining to extend its lead to 12 points.

They beat the traffic, but they didn’t see the Lancers rally to beat the Padres 43-42.


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