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St. Francis High football blows out Chino to open season

Football: Golden Knights score 28 points in third quarter to maul host Cowboys, 52-3.

September 06, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

CHINO — It took less than three quarters for the St. Francis High football team to not only put host Chino in the rearview mirror, but perhaps too also the memory of a disappointing 2012 season.

The Golden Knights were dominant in Friday’s season opener, scoring practically at will, while surrendering little on defense in a 52-3 nonleague road victory Friday night.

The triumph marked the sixth straight season-opening victory for Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds, while Friday’s 49-point margin of victory tied the biggest for the program this century as St. Francis previously defeated Pasadena, 62-13, on Sept. 28, 2001.

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“I think we needed this. We’ve been saying all along that every year is different and you can’t compare,” Bonds said. “We didn’t want to think at all about 2012 and this was a great way to forget and move on.”

St. Francis iced the contest with 28 points in the third quarter in taking a 52-3 lead and forcing a running clock before the period was done.

Golden Knights quarterback Ty Gangi capped a solid debut with his third and final touchdown pass with 9:34 left in the third.

Gangi connected on a short dump off to senior Joe Mudie (two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown and 13 carries for 124 yards and two more scores) out in the flat that turned into a 46-yard score down the sideline (thanks in part to a great downfield block from wide receiver Danny Ursitti) that put the Golden Knights ahead, 31-3, with 9:34 left.

“It was just a great start. The offensive line gave me all the time in the world, Joe had some big runs and the defense played great,” said Gangi, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 216 yards. “We worked hard and everything seemed to work.”

The score opened up the floodgates, as St. Francis added follow-up scores on a 13-yard touchdown from Mudie, a 45-yard interception return from Avery Williams and a 39-touchdown scamper from backup quarterback Matt Bayle with 59 seconds left in the third to finish the scoring.

“I’m part of a great team with a great defense and I don’t have to do much,” Williams said of his interception return for a score. “I think the receiver fell down or something, but I just made a play on the ball.”

With a running clock and little interest from either side, the fourth quarter was a scoreless affair.

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