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St. Francis football takes sting out of Scorpions in CIF quarterfinal win

Football: Golden Knights defeat No. 4 Camarillo and march on to CIF semifinals.

November 22, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — When St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi let fly on a 36-yard pass into the end zone, his Golden Knights were down by a touchdown.

When Golden Knights receiver Dylan Crawford cradled the beautiful scoring catch, St. Francis was just an extra point away from tying the game.

While the play only served to tie Friday night's game, in retrospect it was very much the beginning of the end for fourth-seeded Camarillo

The spectacular play brought the St. Francis faithful to its feet, swung the momentum firmly in favor of the Golden Knights and began a 28-point run that ended with St. Francis in the semifinals after a 42-21 win over the visiting Scorpions in a CIF Southern Section Western Division quarterfinal game at a packed Friedman Field.

"It's amazing. All that hard work's paying off," said St. Francis tight end/defensive lineman John Carroll, who had two sacks, forced a fumble and caught four balls for 89 yards. "It's amazing. Words can't describe it."

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The win was keyed by stellar performances from quarterback Ty Gangi, running back Joe Mudie and an all-around staunch defensive effort.

Gangi was 12 for 22 for 249 yards passing with the touchdown to Crawford (four catches for 57 yards) and added 81 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in 12 carries.

Mudie had three touchdowns and 146 yards rushing in 22 carries, adding a pair of catches for 39 yards.

"It's amazing," said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose team improved to 10-2 with the win over Camarillo (10-2). "It's been a while."

It's been since 2005, in fact, when the Golden Knights last advanced to the semifinals. They faced then-Mission League rival Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for a second time. This time around, St. Francis will once again face the Mission League champion in a rematch when it hosts Gardena Serra, which defeated St. Francis, 35-21, on Nov. 1. Serra, the No. 1 seed, trounced Buena on Friday, 40-6.

"It's just a great feeling and a good win," Gangi said. "We just gotta clean up all our mistakes and come out hard next week and try to get a win."

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