St. Francis High football coach Greg Calcagno has seen his standout running back do some amazing things this season, but even he was surprised by the numbers Viliami Teu put up in Saturday’s 44-21 league-title clinching win at Serra.
“I had no idea he broke the school record, the WCAL record or that he had 45 carries,” Cal-cagno said. “All we were trying to do (toward the end) was run the clock.”
Only later did the coach learn what Teu accomplished: 344 yards rushing, which sets a new school standard and gives him a West Catholic Athletic League-record 1,499 yards for the season. Those 45 carries were a WCAL record as well. The senior also scored the Lancers’ first and last touchdowns in a win that guaranteed his team a perfect regular season.
“Juju is certainly special,” said Calcagno, referring to Teu by his nickname. “He’s had a phenomenal year.”
A year that could stretch another month if the Lancers (9-0 overall) perform in the playoffs like they did in the regular season. The top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs, St. Francis hosts No. 8 Aptos (8-1) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
“We have one less day to prepare,” Calcagno said, “and Aptos has one heck of a coach.”
So does Serra, but Patrick Walsh and his team – which entered Saturday’s game at 8-0 – couldn’t keep pace with the Lancers. St. Francis jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, with Teu scoring the touchdown on a 33-yard run. The Padres rallied in the second, twice cutting their deficit to three, but the Lancers regained control by halftime. Josh Perry threw a 56-yard TD pass to Andrew Adkison, and Matthew Karic made his second field goal of the half to make it 27-14 at intermission.
Serra cut that lead to 27-21 early in the third quarter, but the combination of St. Francis’ dominant running attack and stingy defense prevented the Padres from getting any closer.
“Serra can score in bunches, and we were just trying to keep their offense off the field,” Calcagno said. “We did a pretty good job of that.”
While Serra’s offense watched helplessly from the sideline, the Lancers extended their lead. Perry connected with Adkison on a 43-yard TD late in the third quarter, and Karic’s 42-yard field goal early in the fourth made it 37-21. Teu added a 6-yard scoring scamper in the final minute.
Along with Teu’s big day on the ground, Perry proved efficient leading the aerial attack. He finished 5-of-9 passing for 143 yards. Adkison caught three of those passes for 112 yards.
Eagles make CCS
Although Los Altos wasn’t able to win the SCVAL El Camino Division championship outright, the Eagles still made CCS and could get another shot at the team that prevented them from standing alone atop the league standings.
Seeded sixth in the Division V playoffs, Los Altos (7-3) visits No. 3 Soquel (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday. A win could set up a rematch with No. 2 Cupertino (8-2), which hosts No. 7 St. Francis SCP (7-3) at the same time.
The Pioneers edged the Eagles 17-14 in last week’s league finale, which resulted in Los Altos having to share the title with Cupertino and Gunn because they all finished 5-1. The Pioneers received the first of the El Camino’s two automatic playoff berths for accruing the most CCS power points (based on wins and strength of schedule), while the Eagles secured the second because it beat Gunn this season.
This marks Los Altos’ first postseason appearance in five years.
“We’re excited,” coach Dave DeGeronimo said. “We get to play another week.”
The Eagles got off to a slow start last week, hurt by two early interceptions that helped host Cupertino get up 10-0 Friday. Los Altos regrouped in the second half, pulling ahead 14-10 on touchdowns by Cole Rafferty (60-yard reception) and Zach Fagin (1-yard run).
The Pioneers regained the lead on a 5-yard scoring run midway through the fourth, and the Eagles just missed a 36-yard field goal on their next drive.
Spartans squeak in
Mountain View (5-5) landed the seventh seed in the CCS Division III playoffs and will visit No. 2 Live Oak (7-2) 7 p.m. Friday.
The Spartans, who had a bye last week, finished fifth in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 2-4.