St. Francis Sends Message to El Toro; “E.T, Go Home!” Golden Nights Dispatch Chargers: 52-17

Jim Bonds’ Golden Knights are headed to the Division 3 Finals.

By Rich Whittington

(La Canada)- The St. Francis Golden Knights had little difficulty reserving their spot in the CIF Division 3 Finals, routing the visiting El Toro Chargers, 52-17, Friday evening at Friedman Field.

St. Francis was led by junior quarterback Darius Perrantes, who completed 21 of 26 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns. Perrantes connected, on multiple occasions, with his two favorite targets. Senior wide receiver Isaac Cordova was on the receiving end of scoring passes of 13 and 16 yards. Not to be outdone, senior wideout Greg Dulcich caught the other three scoring strikes, which went for 3, 42, and 49 yards. In addition, Perrantes scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards. The remainder of the Golden Knights’ scoring was provided by Junior kicker Nico Boschetti, who converted 7 PAT attempts, and a 23 yard Field Goal.

The Knights also played well defensively, holding El Toro to 23 rushing yards for the game. The defensive standout for the Knights was junior Malcolm Wallace, who recovered a Charger fumble, as well as intercepting a pass from Charger quarterback Cooper Jones. Also playing well were defensive back Bobby Gazmarian, who also intercepted a Jones pass, and senior Zach Kejmar, who recorded a quarterback sack that resulted in a four yard loss.

The El Toro scoring was provided by quarterback Jones, who connected with wideout Shane McLaughlin for scores of 66 and 74 yards. The balance of the Charger scoring was provided by kicker Matt Freem, who converted two PAT attempts and a 32 yard field goal.

The Golden Knights, (12-1) advance to the CIF Division 3 Finals, where they will meet the Rancho Verde Mustangs. This game will be played on 12/2/17. Game time and location are to be determined. El Toro finishes the 2017 football season with a record of 8-5, second place in Sea View league play.

4 Comments to "St. Francis Sends Message to El Toro; “E.T, Go Home!” Golden Nights Dispatch Chargers: 52-17"

  1. Just an ol has been's Gravatar Just an ol has been
    November 26, 2017 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    @ “exposed”:
    That was I who made the statement of “LS exposing St. Francis”. I had heard so much about SF but very little about La Serna. I was very impressed with the product that LS put on the field that night.

    -was I wrong? Possibly. But a well coached program (like St. Francis) will fix those issues and prevent another team from exploiting weaknesses. Which is obviously why they are in the finals.

    -Or maybe La Serna is better than they were being credited. I had only seen them play one other team (Mira Costa. Who just lost in the semis). LS had a real shot at beating St. Francis if they had not thrown an interception inside the SF 10yd line with less than a minute left. They were chewing up the St. Francis defensive front.

    Either way, the top teams find a way to win. Best wishes to a well coached St. Francis team.

    @ Maverick: not sure if you’re a coach or a parent, but please know that I enjoyed going to two of your games this year. I am a local product of your area having played & coached over many years (hence the name “Just an ol has been”). I have many ties to a lot of area teams and am aware of the recruiting tactics of many of these teams (La Habra, St. Paul, Santa Fe, SJ Bosco, Amat). In speaking to a number of parents from LS, you guys seem to do extremely well with the local kids in the area. Kudos to the LS football staff (and parents & players).

  2. Maverick's Gravatar Maverick
    November 26, 2017 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    Not taking anything away from St. Francis great win, but LS can play with the big boys.

    We had a year with adversity and I knew from the beginning at the Mira Costa game we had problems in the passing game. The late part of the season we made the adjustment and played our Sophomore QB, he will be back next year.

    I want St. Francis to win CIF, they are a class football program and deserve a championship.

  3. Almont Viejo's Gravatar Almont Viejo
    November 25, 2017 - 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I thought it was the El Toro chargers. You keep referring them to mustangs in your article. I wanted a charger vs charger final to wear some cheap LA charger gear! Lmao
    From T. Peterson: Thanks Almont Viejo: It’s corrected.

  4. EXPOSED's Gravatar EXPOSED
    November 25, 2017 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Remember a couple of weeks ago when La Serna almost beat SF and somehow “exposed” them? Damn. I wish the team’s I follow could be exposed like that.

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