Knights look to stop slide

St. Francis gets to face powerful Chaminade at Friedman Field.

October 21, 2010|By Grant Gordon and Gabriel Rizk, News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

Three straight losses have put the St. Francis High football team in a precarious position as it plays host to Chaminade, the No. 2 team in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in a crucial Mission League contest.

While another loss for the Golden Knights (3-3, 0-1 in league) won't exactly put their playoff hopes in dire straits, another defeat would likely expunge any hopes of claiming one of the top two spots in league and would continue and unfortunate tailspin for St. Francis.


Looking to rebound against Chaminade (6-0, 1-0) will be a tall task, as the Eagles have historically posed a huge problem for the Golden Knights. St. Francis rallied for a 32-25 win last season, as the last three meetings have been decided by seven points or less. Still, Chaminade has won four of the last five meetings.

Chaminade is coming off a 45-24 win over Harvard-Westlake and is led by running backs Tru Jarvis (426 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Terrell Newby (369 yards, 4 TDs).

A positive for St. Francis is the likely return of running backs Michael Melnick and Austin De Los Santos and standout left tackle Patrick Carroll. All three missed last week's 41-14 loss to Serra, with Carroll having missed the last three games overall.

One constant for St. Francis has been the terrific play of quarterback Brett Nelson, who had a passing touchdown and a rushing score against Serra and leads St. Francis with 18 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns.

Glendale at Burroughs (7 p.m. Thursday): The Nitros are coming off a discouraging defeat after watching a winnable game against Pasadena last week end in a 26-13 loss, while the Indians are coming off an emotional 21-14 win in overtime over Arcadia.

And, in a way it's indicative of the two team's seasons as a whole, as Glendale is winless in six games on the season and defending co-champion Burroughs (3-3) is once again off to a strong 3-0 start in league.

Behind the rushing attack of Chan Kim and quarterback Alex Yoon, who scored the team's two touchdowns last week, the Nitros led the Bulldogs in the third quarter last week. But the biggest challenge this week may be getting out of the first quarter in good shape, as the Indians are capable of putting up points quickly behind quarterback Lucas Yanez and running back Tadeo Zuniga.

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