For the second week in a row, the St. Francis High football team suffered a one-point loss in the playoffs – only this time, it ended the Lancers’ season.
St. Francis fell 14-13 at Del Oro (Loomis) Friday night in the Northern California Division 2-AA title game. And just like the prior week’s 31-30 double-overtime loss to Valley Christian in the Central Coast Section Open Division II final, the Lancers lost the lead late.
St. Francis (11-3) held a 6-0 lead at halftime, scoring on field goals from 34 and 26 yards by Michael Leahy in the second quarter. The Lancers added a touchdown in the third quarter on Ryan Daly’s 11-yard toss to Evan Williams. The extra point made it 13-0 with 6:52 left in the quarter.
Del Oro (13-1) answered 48 seconds later when Carson Jarratt threw a 79-yard TD pass to Matthew Smart.
Now down 13-7, the Golden Eagles tried an onside kick that rolled out of bounds. St. Francis took possession at midfield and drove to Del Oro’s 3, only to fumble away the ball.
The Golden Eagles marched to the Lancers’ 20, but they were stopped on fourth down. St. Francis missed a 35-yard field goal on the ensuing drive and was forced to punt on its next possession, leaving Del Oro with three minutes to score. With 59 seconds left, Jarratt connected with Smart on a 13-yard pass, and Ryan Whalley’s extra point put them ahead for good.
St. Francis outrushed Del Oro 285 yards to 74, with Andre Bishop leading the Lancers with 150. Williams caught a team-high four passes for 65 yards.