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.