By Tim Peterson
(La Canada) – Cathedral broke open a tie at halftime with two scores in the fourth quarter and went on to beat St. Francis 28-16 Friday night to win the Angelus League at Friedman Field.
Big plays carried the night for the Phantoms as they scored on touchdowns of 47, 57 and 21 yards. Leading 14-10 in the fourth quarter Bryce Young hit Jabari Kindle on a swing pass and Kindle did the rest racing through the St. Francis secondary for a 57-yard score and a 21-10 lead.
Three minutes later Darius Perrantes scored on a six-yard run to cap a 75-yard St. Francis drive to cut the lead to 21-16.
However Cathedral put it away four minutes later when Young threw his second touchdown of the night – this one a 21-yarder to Cory Payne in the corner of the endzone with 4;57 left.
The Golden Knights had one last possession but they were halted on fourth down on the 35-yard line with just over two minutes left.
Cathedral scored first on its opening possession when Omari Garry busted off a 47-yard touchdown run right up the gut. The Golden Knights tied it later in the first on an 11-yard scoring toss from Perrantes to Andrew Monarrez.
Each team turned the ball over in the second quarter, Cathedral on a fumble and St. Francis on a pick and the score was still tied at seven at the half.
Tylor Morrison,all 6-2, 240 pounds of him, pounded it in from the one -yard line to finish an 83-yard Phantom drive early in the third to give Cathedral the lead for good.
St. Francis countered with a 32-yard field goal by Niko Boschetti late in the third quarter. Cathedral then put it away with two scores in the final quarter.
Y0ung finished with 275 yards passing and the two touchdowns for Cathedral. Josiah Zamora had seven catches for 70 yards while Garry had 13 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Greg Dulcich had seven receptions for 95 yards for St. Francis. The Golden Knights however had just 55 yards on the ground and 26 of those were courtesy of Perrantes.
Cathedral improved to 9-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in league while St. Francis fell to 9-1 and finished in second place. Both teams now await their seedings in the playoffs to be announced Sunday.