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St. Francis advances to CCS semifinals with lopsided win over Andrew Hill

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn intercepts a pass in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill.

Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II football quarterfinal game pitting St. Francis High – an A-league team – against C-leaguer Andrew Hill went just about as expected.

A versus C equaled B – as in blowout.

The top-seeded Lancers routed the No. 8 Falcons 41-6 in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Host St. Francis led 34-0 at halftime and played its starters sparingly the rest of the way.

“It went well,” Lancers coach Greg Calcagno said. “We did what we’re supposed to do, which is move on to the next round.”

Friday’s semifinal game – scheduled 7 p.m. at St. Francis – probably won’t be as easy.

The Lancers (8-3) face No. 5 Palo Alto (6-5) and Stanford University-bound quarterback Keller Chryst. The senior threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings’ 54-24 spanking of No. 4 Leland Saturday.

St. Francis quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie didn’t need to throw much in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill (8-3). He attempted seven passes and completed three – two of them for touchdowns.

The first came on a 30-yard floater to a streaking Trillion Hebert in the final seconds of the opening quarter, pushing the Lancers’ lead to 14-0 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point. On St. Francis’ last possession of the half, Fischer-Colbrie fired an 18-yard pass into the end zone to Ryan Johnson before taking a hit.

“He can certainly throw it,” Calcagno said of his quarterback, a transfer from Mountain View High. “It’s nice that we’re able to do both – run and pass.”

The run game remains the focal point of the offense, however. The Lancers rushed for 251 yards on 26 carries Friday for a robust average of 9.7 yards per attempt.

Halfback Landon Baty led the ground attack with 106 yards on only four carries, with two of them resulting in touchdowns. After scoring St. Francis’ first points of the night on a 9-yard burst to the right side, the senior scampered 68 yards up the middle for a TD early in the second quarter. Fordham’s extra point pushed the lead to 21-0 and the rout was on.

“We were hoping to be able to run the football – we’re a pretty physical team – and we did,” Calcagno said. “If we can’t run it, we’re in trouble.”

The only trouble the Lancers experienced Friday involved ball security. St. Francis fumbled six times – losing three of them.

The Falcons lost a fumble as well and threw three interceptions. Safety Riley Quinn picked off the first pass, leaping in the air to tip and then haul in Alex Moreno’s errant throw late in the first quarter.

The St. Francis defense limited Andrew Hill to just 168 yards of offense. The Falcons converted only three of their 12 third-down plays.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on – our ability to play defense,” Calcagno said. “That’s our No. 1 priority and we focus on that all year. If we play good defense and they don’t score a lot, it makes it a lot easier on offense.”

2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Hill High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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