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It's St. Francis High football's Ty Gangi's time to shine

Senior quarterback has emerged as a dual threat and led Golden Knights to CIF quarterfinals.

November 21, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • St. Francis quarterback Ty Gangi is a dual threat for the Golden Knights, having thrown for 23 touchdowns and rushed for over 300 yards. (Tim Berger/File Photo)
St. Francis quarterback Ty Gangi is a dual threat for the…

Ty Gangi’s story is one of timing.

To hear St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds tell it, Gangi’s ability to let a pass fly before his receiver has yet to break open is way ahead of the curve.

“His timing is so far advanced in releasing the ball before his receivers are open. Ty has the confidence in the receivers and himself to know they’re going to get open before it happens,” Bonds says. “He’s really advanced in his decision-making and his release of the ball.”

But Gangi had to wait for his hour to come, patiently biding his time as a back-up in his junior season.

Now as a senior quarterback for St. Francis, the 2013 season has become Gangi’s time to shine.

“Everything was kinda lining up that [I thought], ‘Hey, he’s gonna be pretty good,’” Bonds says. “Having thought that, he’s a lot better than even I thought he was going to be.”

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The Gangi-led Golden Knights (9-2) are now amidst one of the program’s most successful seasons, as they will host fourth-seeded Camarillo (10-1) on Friday night in the CIF Southern Section Western Division quarterfinals.

“I’ve always believed in us,” Gangi says. “We might not have all the best athletes, but we have the most heart, the most toughness and the most love for the game.”

Leading the way has been Gangi in more ways than one.

His numbers jump off the page. He’s thrown for 2,485 yards and 23 touchdowns to just five interceptions, completing 164 passes in 290 attempts for a 57% clip. His productivity hasn’t come just with his right arm, as his legs have churned out 307 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 94 carries.

But Gangi’s success and the Golden Knights’ subsequent rise is more than gaudy numbers.

“He’s the best leader you can ask for for a quarterback,” senior running back Joe Mudie says. “He’s so poised, he doesn’t get frustrated when somebody messes up or he messes up. He’s calm and he’s very smart; he knows what’s going on out there. ... All those things come together and you have a great leader and a great quarterback.”

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Gangi’s time at St. Francis began as a reserve quarterback just as his junior season did.

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