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St. Francis High football falls in finale to Chaminade

Football: Despite Gangi's big night, Golden Knights lose, 56-35, to Eagles.

November 08, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

WEST HILLS — On an evening in which St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi threw for more than 350 yards and scored four touchdowns, the senior was overshadowed by an even more brilliant effort.

Chaminade junior running back Donovan Lee turned in a virtuoso performance, scoring seven touchdowns and combining for 311 yards of total offense as his Eagles defeated the visiting Golden Knights, 56-35, in the Mission League and regular season finale Friday evening.

With the win, the Mission League playoff seeding order is complete, as CIF Southern Section Western Division top-ranked Serra (10-0, 5-0 in league) is the league’s first seed, while second-ranked Chaminade (8-2, 4-1) takes second and No. 3 St. Francis (8-2, 3-2) is third.


The CIF-SS office will release playoff pairings for next week’s postseason on Sunday.

“We talked all season long about starting fast, finishing strong and winning the turnover battle and we didn’t do any of those,” said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose squad surrendered more than 50 points for the first time this century. “We were sloppy with the football, even in the fumbles we didn’t lose and we’re going to obviously have to play better in the playoffs.”

Trailing by 23 points to start the second half, the Golden Knights launched a final surge as the visitors took the half’s opening possession and drove 79 yards on eight plays with a pass from Gangi (31 for 43 for 361 yards and three passing touchdowns) to receiver Matt Gonzalez giving St. Francis a first and goal at the one.

Yet, nothing came easy for the Golden Knights, as they lost one yard over the next three plays, all of which were passes, before Gangi hit Gonzalez on a quick curl in the end zone which, after a two-point conversion run from Areg Nazarian, brought St. Francis within 35-20 with 8:19 remaining in the third.

Momentum seemed on St. Francis’ side as the Golden Knights forced a punt from Chaminade on its next possession and took over at their eight with 7:25 left in the third quarter.

Unfortunately for St. Francis, Gangi was sacked and the Golden Knights had to punt from deep within their own territory.

St. Francis’ punt from its two was returned by the Eagles to the Golden Knights’ 35.

Chaminade didn’t waste any time as Eagles quarterback Brad Kaaya handed off twice to Lee, with the second carry culminating in a 15-yard touchdown that put Chaminade ahead, 42-20.

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