(La Mirada) Darius Perrantes accounted for five scores to lead the Golden Knights past Mayfair 51-41 Friday night while his counterpart Joshua Calvin did what he could to keep pace throwing for 410 yards and three touchdowns as the teams amassed 92 points at La Mirada High School.
The home game for Mayfair was played at La Mirada due to renovations being done at Ron Yary Stadium on the campus of Bellflower High School the Monsoons usual home field.
The Golden Knights took an early 10 point lead on a 12 yard run by Bradley Pierce. The Knights capped a drive that started off with good field position after forcing safety. The two point conversion was good and St. Francis had the 10 point margin with 9:10 left in the opening stanza.
Mayfair came back to make the score 10-7 a few minutes later marching 90 yards on nine plays Tstrong Mataele finishing things off with a one yard run.
The Monsoons got their first an only lead of the game as time was winding down in the first. After a short punt set them up at midfield, Calvin hooked up with Chris Adimora on a 50-yard strike that was good for six. Ryder Padilla added the extra point for the 14-10 lead.
St. Francis took the ensuing drive 62-yards on six plays capped by a 3-yard pass from Perrantes to Kevin Armstead. Jake Smith booted the extra point through giving the Golden Knights the three point advantage.
Perrantes and St. Francis finished off the first half with three more scores on passes of nine and 71-yards to Jacob Buntich and Bryson Reeves respectively.
The Monsoons counter with two more first half scores on a two yard run by Mataele and 16-yard pass from Calvin to Adimora.
The scoring barrage continued into the second half when Perrantes called his own number from seven yards out capping seven play, 54-yard drive.
Perrantes’s stellar night consisted of 232-yards and four td’s passing and 63-yards and another touchdown on the ground.
Down 44-27, Mayfair rolled on an 80-yard drive that took only one play. Adimora caught a Calvin pass in the flat and appeared to be surrounded by Knight defenders. Adimora broke a couple tackles and slashed his way through defenders and was gone 80-yards to paydirt.
Adimora finished the night with eight catches for 311-yards and two touchdowns.
The Monsoons cut the lead to 44-41 with 3:14 left to play in the game. Mataele got his third trip to the endzone on a five yard run to finish of a 95-yard drive that took 10 plays to complete.
St. Francis covered the onside kick at midfield and the Golden Knights offense took to the field to finish off the game. Faced with a fourth and long with a just a few seconds remaining at the Monsoon 28, Perrantes scrambled to peel more time off the clock the lofted a pass towards the endzone. Reeves out-jumped the Mayfair defender and caught the ball for the score. Tomas Quiroz botted the extra point through to finish off a huge night for St. Francis.
The Golden Knights will be at home next week to take on some neighbors from the north, Paraclete. The Monsoons will open up league play next week when they take on Norwalk at Valley Christian High School.