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St. Francis High football scores in bunches to down La Mirada

Football: Big nights by Mudie, Gangi key Golden Knights' lopsided 49-20 win.

September 19, 2013|By Grant Gordon,
  • St. Francis High's Joe Mudie rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Golden Knights' 49-20 victory over La Mirada on Thursday night. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
St. Francis High's Joe Mudie rushed for 129 yards…

LA CAÑADA — As impressive as the first half was for the St. Francis High football team’s offense, it wasn’t without hiccups.

Then came the third quarter, 28 points and an offensive surge that keyed a 36-point run for St. Francis en route to a rout of La Mirada, 49-20, on Thursday night at St. Francis’ Friedman Field.

“It was just like an avalanche in our favor,” said Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds, whose team improved to 3-0 thanks in large part to the offensive dynamics of running back Joe Mudie and quarterback Ty Gangi. “I’m just really happy with our execution.”

Mudie, a senior cornerback and running back, was astounding all-around on Friday, rushing for a pair of touchdowns and 129 yards in 15 carries, hauling in a touchdown pass and 73 yards receiving on five catches and delivering a game-changing 99-yard kickoff return for a score to open the second half.


“We had a great game plan going in, we just had to execute,” said Mudie, whose kick return to put the Knights up, 28-7, came after his touchdown catch from nine yards out with 7.8 seconds left in the first half. “We knew we’d score a lot of points.

“We just had to finish.”

The finish, for all intents and purposes, came in the third quarter. St. Francis, ranked sixth in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, opened with Mudie’s return and did not relent against a winless La Mirada (0-4), which is ranked eighth in the Southeast Division.

“Once that kick return happened, we had all the momentum,” Mudie said. “Everything was just clicking.”

La Mirada followed Mudie’s return by fumbling away the ball, with Michael Weber recovering his second fumble of the game. Six plays later, Mudie scored on a two-yard run for a 35-7 advantage.

La Mirada’s answer was a three-and-out on three incomplete passes.

St. Francis then upped the lead to 42-7 when Gangi ran it in from seven yards out with 4:59 to play in the quarter. That quickly, the game was essentially over. La Mirada finally answered with a score to break the 36-point string from whence it had led 7-6 late in the first quarter. However, the Golden Knights ended any chances of a miraculous comeback with a recovered onside kick and a nine-yard touchdown run by Areg Nazarian (12 carries for 94 yards) to stake a 49-13 lead with 36 seconds to go before a running clock in the fourth quarter.

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