Friday’s high school football matchup between St. Francis and Mitty came down to the Lancers’ passing attack versus the Monarchs’ ground game, and the run won.
Mitty rushed for 338 yards in a 35-21 victory over host St. Francis, which passed for 232 yards.
“We knew they were going to load up to stop the run, so our plan was to pass,” Lancers coach Nick Navarro said. “Their plan was to run, and they did a good job.”
The Monarchs rushed for all five of their touchdowns, four in the first half to lead 28-14 at intermission.
The Lancers’ three touchdowns came on passes by Mike Lauck, who completed 22 of his 41 attempts in the West Catholic Athletic League contest. And those numbers could have been even better.
“We missed a couple of key catches,” said Navarro, whose team dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-5 overall. “There were three or four catchable balls to the wide outs that would have been first downs.”
With little room to run – the Lancers rushed for only 69 yards on 20 carries – St. Francis needed every catch it could get against a Mitty team (4-2 league, 7-2 overall) that has two shutouts this season.
St. Francis receiver Charlie Clark caught nine passes for 124 yards – both season highs – including a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“Charlie had a great game,” Navarro said. “He stepped up and did a phenomenal job.”
Fellow receiver Austin Woodard scored the Lancers’ initial touchdown, a 13-yard strike from Lauck that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Patrick Fordham’s extra point evened the game at 7 with 2:42 left in the quarter.
The teams traded scores again midway through second quarter – with Clarke’s catch coming at the 5:19 mark – but the Monarchs pulled away before halftime. Halfback Chandler Ramirez, on the way to a 121-yard night, rushed for touchdowns of 28 and 3 yards.
After a scoreless third quarter, halfback Alex Andrighetto caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lauck on fourth down with 1:36 to play. Fordham’s kick cut the Lancers’ deficit to seven.
Unable to recover the onside kick, St. Francis relied on the defense to get the ball back – and it nearly did. The Lancers hit quarterback Wyatt Hansen, forcing a fumble, but running back Kyle Evans scooped up the ball and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.
“It didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we fought hard in all aspects of the game,” Navarro said. “We always tell the kids, ‘We’ve got 24 hours to be upset and deal with it, and then let’s move on.’ It doesn’t get any easier next week with Serra.”
St. Francis is scheduled to visit Serra (5-1, 8-1) 1 p.m. Saturday.
Pinewood capped its eight-man football season with a 58-28 win at Stuart Hall, guaranteeing the Panthers second place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.
Pinewood’s Kevin Tracy threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to halfback Owen Lewis, who also rushed for a pair of scores Saturday.
The Panthers (5-1) led 38-28 at halftime.
Eagles fall again
Los Altos didn’t have much to celebrate on homecoming, blanked 49-0 by Fremont Friday night at Foothill College.
The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-9 overall.