First published in the Nov. 3 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The St. Francis High School varsity football team was edged at rival Loyola High in Los Angeles, 28-27, in its Angelus League finale last Friday.
The Golden Knights (4-1 in league, 7-3 overall) saw their five-game win streak snapped while also suffering their first league loss that created a three-way tie for first place in the league between SFHS, Loyola and Cathedral High of Los Angeles.
The Golden Knights qualified for the CIF-SS Division V playoffs and will open the first round by visiting Silverado High in Victorville (8-2 overall) on Friday at 7 p.m.
SFHS senior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 24-of-36 passes for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior Devyn Turner rushed for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries and made three receptions for 45 yards. Senior Antonio Merlos had six receptions for 58 yards and junior Preston Jernegan made three catches for 67 yards while each scored a touchdown.
Jernegan also tied the team-high mark with nine tackles. Senior DruShun Phillips made seven receptions for a game-high 136 yards and added seven tackles. Senior Jett McCullough rushed for 31 yards on one carry, made four catches for 90 yards, had six tackles and one interception.
Senior Hank Foley made a 4-yard catch and posted eight tackles on defense, junior Phillip Ocon racked up nine tackles, and juniors John Calmette and Tyler Cofre each registered six tackles. Sophomore Jamie Lawyer finished with five tackles, junior Alex Juarez had four tackles, and senior Racin Delgatty made three tackles. Senior Ryan Doerfler, senior Michael Gordo and junior Adam Sandoval each had two tackles, while sophomore Thomas Deluccia had one tackle.