By Tim Peterson
(La Canada) – St. Francis withstood a huge night by La Salle running back Amon Milliner and beat the Lancers 38-28 Friday night at Friedman Field.
Milliner carried the Lancers rushing for 259 yards on 36 attempts. He scored three touchdowns on runs of one, 42 and 44 yards giving La Salle life throughout the contest.
Jace Harrick scored on a two-yard run with 8:29 left in the third quarter to give the Golden Knights a 38-21 lead. It turned out to be the clincher for St. Francis but the Lancers had one last gasp left. Jake Caan from his own two-yard line connected with Donte Coxsum who broke away from the St. Francis secondary and raced all the way down to the Golden Knight ten-yard line. On the next play Caan hit Tommy Radle in the corner of the endzone for the score.
The Lancers were within ten but St. Francis recovered the ensuing onside kick and that was all she wrote.
La Salle struck first on the opening drive going 76 yards on 12 plays behind the running attack of Milliner who finished the drive with a one-yard run. On the following kick off Bobby Gazmarian dropped the boot at the ten-yard line but scooped it up and weaved his way 90 yards to tie it up.
Milliner got loose for 42 yards on the next series to again put La Salle up by seven but that was the last time the Lancers saw the lead. Michael Bonds hit Greg Dulcich on an eight-yard strike to end a 91-yard drive to tie it at 14 at the end of one.
In the second quarter Daniel Scott caught a one-yard TD pass from Bonds late in the second quarter to give the Golden Knights a 21-14 halftime advantage. In the second half a bad snap led to short La Salle punt that Scott caught on the run and took it in 24 yards for the score.
Milliner did his thing one more time on a 44-yard touchdown jaunt to make it 28-21 but that was as close as La Salle would get.
Caan threw for 160 yards to give Milliner some offensive support for La Salle but it wasn’t enough.
Bonds completed 14 of 20 for 208 yards and two scores. Scott hauled in five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown reception and the TD punt return.
St. Francis is now 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the Angelus League. La Salle is 4-2 and 0-1.