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St. Francis High football's Ty Gangi's one season of greatness

Golden Knights senior quarterback led St. Francis to 10-win season, CIF-SS semifinal berth.

January 11, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi led his Golden Knights to a 10-win season and a CIF Southern Section divisional semifinal playoff berth. Gangi is the 2013 All-Area Football Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
St. Francis High quarterback Ty Gangi led his Golden Knights…

Not long after concluding what was arguably his team’s most impressive victory of the season, St. Francis High senior quarterback Ty Gangi was asked about the statistical splendor that was his seven-touchdown performance against Monrovia.

Some 15 minutes removed from the Golden Knights’ 48-14 dismantling of the host Wildcats, Gangi replied that he had no idea he had totaled seven scores on that night until just then.

It was a night, coupled with a revelation, that proved emblematic of the skill and talent possessed by Gangi, along with the intangibles showcased by the Golden Knights captain.

“Now, looking back on it, it’s kinda cool seeing those numbers,” Gangi says. “But during the games, it wasn’t about that, it was all just about winning the game.”

When looking back now on the season Gangi had, it really doesn’t matter what numbers one chooses to examine.

As a team, the Gangi-led Golden Knights went 10-3 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section divisional semifinals for the first time since 2005.

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With the brilliance of his right arm, Gangi passed for 2,882 yards and 25 touchdowns.

With his educated feet, he rushed for 421 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Any way one looks at Gangi’s body of work, it all added up to him being voted the 2013 All-Area Football Player of the Year by the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun sports writers.

“Just looking back on the season, he exceeded our expectations with his numbers and just his play,” St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds says. “He was phenomenal.”

It stands to say that in the current high-profile world of high school football in which so much hype and pomp surrounds multi-year starters draped with early offers from myriad colleges, Gangi’s accolades and appeal came from just one season and 13 games.

“He absolutely made the most of his opportunity as a starting quarterback at St. Francis,” Bonds says. “It’s a year I won’t soon forget.”

Having finished his freshman season at St. Francis as a starting quarterback and then carrying on the distinction through his junior varsity season, Gangi was forced to wait in the wings in 2012, as last year’s All-Area Football Player of the Year, Jared Lebowitz, was leading the Golden Knights.

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