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St. Francis High football off to 7-0 start

Football: Golden Knights topple visiting Cathedral, 31-21, behind big day from Mudie to stay undefeated.

October 18, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Joe Mudie led the St. Francis High football team to its first 7-0 start since 2005 with 183 yards and two long touchdowns on 15 carries against Cathedral.
Joe Mudie led the St. Francis High football team to its… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — In a season so far characterized by dominance, the St. Francis High football team has certainly put forth more spectacular performances than it did on Friday night.

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However, St. Francis still could not have asked for a more impressive start to the season than the undefeated one it continued, as Golden Knights senior running back Joe Mudie rushed for 183 yards and two long touchdowns in 15 carries to highlight a 31-21 Mission League victory over visiting Cathedral at Friedman Field.

“They came out and we were expecting different things. We adjusted and we did our best and that’s all you can ask. … We executed when we needed to,” said Mudie, whose Golden Knights, ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section Western Division and 38th in the state by Maxpreps, improved to 7-0 and 2-0 in league. “We’re happy with this win, we’re 7-0, 2-0 in league.”

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Mudie, behind the left side of center Trevor Provencio, guard Austin Finton and tackle Joe Loubier both times, sprinted to scoring runs of 78 and 68 yards. The former gave St. Francis a 10-0 second-quarter lead that surged to 17-0 before Cathedral (5-2, 0-2 in league), ranked sixth in the division, cut the score to 17-14 with 6:04 to go in the third quarter.

On the following St. Francis drive, needing to shrug off its lackluster run of play, Mudie burst through the line on second and eight and ran 67 yards for a game-changing touchdown, twisting through a would-be tackler at the next level and never slowing thereafter.

“That was a huge momentum shift right there. We go three-and-out in that drive, they have a lot of momentum,” St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said. “Joe hit the crease, I think untouched. It was great to see him accelerate into the secondary, he’s got a second gear that’s fun to see.”

Cathedral went three-and-out on its ensuing drive, capped by a huge pass break-up on third and six by Golden Knights cornerback Avery Williams.

St. Francis took over and marched 71 yards on 12 plays, chewing up 5:36 of clock before scoring when quarterback Ty Gangi (13 for 24, 124 yards) ran a play-action, rolled right and threw back left to a wide-open John Carroll for a 12-yard score.

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