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Ty Gangi-led St. Francis football thumps Monrovia, 48-14

Football: Golden Knights improve to 5-0 with revenge 48-14 throttling of Wildcats at Monrovia High Friday night.

October 04, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi produced seven touchdowns in a 48-14 drubbing of Monrovia High.
St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi produced seven… (Mike Mullen )

MONROVIA — Ahead of Friday night’s undefeated showdown, much of the pregame buzz centered around running backs Joe Mudie of St. Francis High and Kurt Scoby of host Monrovia.

But it was Golden Knights senior quarterback Ty Gangi who truly put on a show.

In an all-around spectacle, Gangi tallied seven total touchdowns, passing for four, rushing for two and catching the first of the game, which gave St. Francis a lead it would never relinquish as it throttled Monrovia, 48-14, at Monrovia High.

“I wasn’t really thinking about that, just thinking about getting the win,” said Gangi of his statistical highlights, of which he said he didn’t know about until he was told after the game. “[This win] was big for us. Last year, it’s all in the past, we just focused on the moment. … I think that was a big part and we just executed.”

Last year, St. Francis lost to Monrovia, 17-13, when a last-minute Golden Knights possession was fumbled away on the Wildcats one-yard line. This year, St. Francis (5-0), ranked sixth in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, has already surpassed its four-win total of last season and did so with an emphatic win over a Monrovia squad (4-1) that is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Valley Division and claimed a CIF title a season ago before winning a state crown.

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Gangi threw for 303 yards and touchdowns of 27, 32, 28 and 19 yards, as he completed 12 of 24 passes and threw one interception. He also ran six times for 24 yards and scores of four yards and one, while hauling in an eight-yard catch from Matt Gonzalez on the first Golden Knights drive of the game.

“Wow,” said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds of Gangi’s night. “Good for him. Such a great kid. The guys on the team, you can tell the way they play around him, they just love the guy.”

Dylan Crawford also turned in a huge night for the Golden Knights, grabbing four catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns (32, 28) — all in the first half.

“Everything was really clicking,” Crawford said. “We just had a really good week of practice and it showed up on the field.”

Mudie still did plenty, playing lockdown corner on defense, and rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries, running in a two-point conversion and catching a touchdown pass for one of his three catches for 57 yards. In all, St. Francis totaled 458 yards of offense, while Monrovia countered with 286 yards and a season-low in points scored.

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