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October 5, 2013A pair of Top 10 matchups highlighted a light schedule on Friday, led by Serra snapping its seven game losing streak against Bellarmine. Also see how Del Oro beat St. Mary's and Foothill stays unbeaten in Danville.
Seven straight times, No. 8 Serra has left its game with No. 6 Bellarmine on the losing end. The 2013 Padres changed the trend on Friday night with a 17-7 win at San Jose City College. They rode a strong defensive effort and enough big plays to gain the early advantage in the West Catholic Athletic League.
Serra got on the board first with a one yard touchdown run from Kava Cassidy (100 yards) set up by a 59 yard catch down the sideline from Kelepi Lataimua. Bellarmine responded with a one yard touchdown run from quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels. However, it was the last threat Bellarmine would have.
The Padres responded to the Bells' score with a 80 yard drive capped by a 25 yard touchdown pass from Anthony Smock, who filled in for injured starter Matthew Fa'aita, to Hamilton Ano'i for a 14-7 halftime lead. Serra's ability to convert long pass plays was key on Friday with Smock tallying four plays of at least 23 yards.
Despite starting with the ball in Bellarmine territory three times in the second half, the Padres could only add a 25 yard field goal. The defense didn't need any more support as it harassed Carta-Samuels all night and only gave up three runs of more than 10 yards.
Serra hosts Sacred Heart Cathedral next week and Bellarmine takes on St. Francis-Mountain View. Douglas Benton
Del Oro back over .500
Homecoming night in Loomis saw St. Mary's take on Del Oro in a rematch of 2009 and 2012 playoff battles won by the Golden Eagles. History repeated itself in Del Oro's 24-14 win as it moved over .500 at 3-2 going in front of "the best home field environment going," Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said.
The Rams got the scoring started with a two yard run from Marcus Lomas set up by a long run by Brian Pasqual. The Eagles matched it with one yard run from Dylan Kainrath. St. Mary's scored on a run by quarterback Kaleb Parrish and the Eagles equaled it with a 61 yard run from Kainrath to make the halftime score 14-14.
St. Mary's almost took a lead into the locker room when Jaelin Ratliff intercepted a pass and took it 90 yards for what appeared to be a go ahead touchdown. There was a flag on the play for sideline infraction on St Mary's for the second time. However, since the infraction was called on the players, by rule, it is a personal foul and must be from the spot and the touchdown was taken off the board.
The second half was a back and forth with both defenses stiffening. The Golden Eagles' senior kicker Mason Humes connected on a 29 yard field goal to put Del Oro ahead and Kainrath ripped off a 57 yard run with 2:18 to play to seal the game for Del Oro. Kainrath finished with 211 yards on 30 carries and was the workhorse all night. After giving up 466 and 405 rushing yards in the previous games, Del Oro played well against numerous playmakers from St. Mary's. Brandon Johnson's play on the line was the difference maker.
Next week both teams go on the road. Del Oro to Woodcreek and the Rams to Tokay. Michael Benton
Foothill rolls Monte Vista
Foothill (6-0) traveled to play the Monte Vista Mustangs, in an East Bay Athletic League dual. Down just 10-3 at half time, Monte Vista, battled and fought to stay in the game. However, its only points on the night would come on a 27 yard field goal, on a drive that would take 8:32 off the clock as the Mustangs ran 14 plays for 69 yards. Foothill would open up with the ball in the second half and would not look back, winning this game by a score of 38-3.
Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns led the Falcons to victory, throwing for touchdowns in both halves. He is a big reason that the Falcons are now 6-0 and 2-0 in league play, as he beat the Mustangs to drop Monte Vista to 1-4 and 0-2 in league. In their first six games the Falcons have given up six or less points five times.
"Yeah it was a great game, you have to tip your hats to Monte Vista for playing hard. We have to use this momentum and carry it into next week when we play Cal," Kearns said.
As if you thought the Mustangs game was already bad, it got worse, as injuries would pile up for Monte Vista. Standout running back Matt Rood did not run the ball for the Mustangs for most of the 2nd half. Quarterback Nikita Zamora also went down with a knee injury. It took Zamora time to get up, but he would continue to play in the second half with a knee brace for support. His throws were completely off target and the Mustang coaching staff made the decision to put sophomore Noah Sol into the game.
For Foothill, the real question is how far can they take this run, being 6-0 the Falcons only have four games standing in their way of an undefeated regular season. Foothill definitely has the skill level to make it to that level and will compete in the top three of EBAL.
Next week, the 1-4 Mustangs will travel to play Granada looking for their first league win. The Falcons will play Cal next week, in what some are saying, are the two frontrunners for the EBAL title. Derek Lytle