LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — In front of a jampacked homecoming faithful, the St. Francis High football team went from disaster to delirium.
On the strength of the fortuitous right foot of Billy McCreary, the Golden Knights culminated a 10-point, fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Harvard-Westlake, 23-20, when McCreary booted a 37-yard field goal with two seconds left to lift his team to victory in the Mission League opener for both teams.
“We, came away with the victory — and it was amazing,” said McCreary, who also had a game-tying 29-yard kick in the fourth and a 32-yard field goal in the first half before the Wolverines scored 20 straight points to take a 20-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Golden Knights, ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section Western Division and rife with league title hopes, improved to 6-0, while Harvard-Westlake dropped to 4-2.
“I gotta tip my hat to Harvard-Westlake,” said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose team got touchdown runs from Austin De Los Santos and Jared Lebowitz. “For us to be down 10 points in the second half and [to come back] shows a lot of character.