First published in the Aug. 25 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Touchdowns were plentiful but the St. Francis High School football team came up short after dropping its season opener at West Ranch High in Valencia, 61-41, on Friday evening.
SFHS arguably played better than West Ranch for much of the game despite the loss, with the offensive collecting 31 first downs. By comparison, West Ranch only managed 15 first downs.
The Golden Knights entered the second half down just six points, 33-27. St. Francis scored a pair of touchdowns in the final half but West Ranch posted 22 points in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach.
Senior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 28 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns while adding 12 carries for 44 yards on the ground.
Junior John Calmette produced 79 yards on 14 carries with a pair of tackles on defense and senior Devyn Turner posted five carries for 39 yards. Senior Clint Geryak and sophomore Isaac Fajardo each had one carry for two yards while the latter added one reception for 11 yards.
Junior Preston Jernegan tallied six receptions for 81 yards with a pair of touchdowns and six tackles on defense, while senior DruShun Phillips recorded seven catches for 85 yards and a pair of tackles on defense. Senior Hank Foley collected six receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown while adding a pair of tackles on defense, and senior Jett Mccullough and junior John Calmette each notched two receptions for 26 and 23 yards, respectively, while the former added a touchdown. Junior Tyler Cofre had one reception for 31 yards, while juniors Adam Sandoval and Alex Juarez each had one catch for 16 and 15 yards, respectively.
Sophomore Julian Navarro notched six tackles, senior Michael Gordo tallied five tackles, and Juarez and sophomore Thomas Deluccia each recorded three tackles. Senior Ryan Doerfler, junior Phillip Ocon, sophomore Jamie Lawyer and Cofre each produced two tackles, while senior Racin Delgatty and Mccullough each had one tackle.
SFHS (0-1 overall) will visit Millikan High for a nonleague game on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.