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St. Francis High football continues impressive start

Golden Knights, ranked No. 6 in latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll, have easier time than expected against La Mirada.

September 24, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the third meeting of the year.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ROLL TO ANOTHER WIN

Putting up points hasn’t been an issue through the first three games of the season for the St. Francis High football team. The Golden Knights, ranked sixth in the latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll, are 3-0 while averaging 45.3 points per contest.

Under the direction of coach Jim Bonds, the Golden Knights have scored at least 35 points in each game. One of the players responsible for the offensive surge is senior running back Joe Mudie, who enjoyed a big effort in St. Francis’ 49-20 nonleague home win against La Mirada at Friedman Field.

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Mudie, who also plays cornerback, rushed for a pair of touchdowns and 129 yards in 15 carries. He also caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a score to begin the second half.

“He’s humble and selfless,” Bonds said. “He’s just a pleasure to coach and it’s exciting to see him do a lot of different things well each game.

“The La Mirada game didn’t go the way we expected. We expected a much tougher game and we thought we’d have our hands full. I thought we played lights out from start to finish.”

St. Francis will next meet visiting Damien (2-1) in a nonleague game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

VAQUEROS EQUAL WIN TOTAL FROM 2012

For the second straight season, the Glendale Community College football team has begun going 2-1, but last season didn’t win another game after claiming its second victory. The Vaqueros cruised to a 41-6 nonconference home win against San Diego Mesa at Sartoris Field.

Glendale Coach John Rome said the Vaqueros have more offensive options available, leading to smoother drives.

“We’ve been able to move the ball pretty consistently,” Rome said. “We are growing and doing things more correctly.”

Glendale will look to continue that trend while shifting its attention to the Pacific Conference's American Division. The Vaqueros will meet visiting Antelope Valley (0-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday. Antelope Valley split the division championship last season. Glendale went 0-7 in the division in 2012.

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