Twenty days after his one signature win of the season, St. Francis will try to do it again. An event with more Central Coast Section Football Championships than any other will be aiming for No. 17 when it plays Serra for the Division I title Friday night at Westmont High.
The Lancers are undefeated and are the undisputed top-ranked team in Northern California, having dramatically and historically defeated De La Salle in September and pounding Serra on November 6.
Will the Sera rematch be any different?
Can Serra find a way to stop St. Francis’ huge and impressive offensive line from opening the holes he did the first time around? Can the Padres run back William “JuJu” Teu, 200 yards on Friday? The senior ran for a school-record 344 yards in 45 carries against the Padres three weeks ago.
When Serra places more defenders near the line of scuffle, can cornerbacks prevent quarterback Joshua Perry from successfully throwing receivers like Andrew Adkison, who caught three passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the earlier game between the teams? Were?
St. Francis expects a different sera this time.
“They’re getting us fired for playing, and rightly so,” coach Greg Calcagno said after his team’s semi-final win over Menlo-Atherton. “We have to be better than the last time we played with them because we know they’re going to be ready to go. We have the film against each other, so we know what we did well and what we need to do.” Work needs to be done – on both sides.”
Serra played his most complete game of the season against Bellarmine in the semi-final, a 41–0 victory in which coach Patrick Walsh said the team had finally found its mark.
But Walsh knows the challenge that awaits Friday. The normally friendly coach, who is 5-0 in the CCS final, will not allow his players to speak to reporters after a semifinal win, because, in his eyes, the bulletin board material is not a myth.
“Obviously St. Francis, they’re a different animal this year,” Walsh said. “They’ve won in all kinds of different ways. They have a very, very strong belief system. They’ve been preparing for this season based on how they’ve been feeling over the years. We got a lot going. To do.
“The first game was no match. It was a pure tail at all stages of the game. In order for us to have an opportunity this week, we have to get a lot better very quickly because they are clearly the best team in CCS.
St Francis have been challenged twice since the Serra game, scoring 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Aptos 56–28 in the first round and rallied by two touchdowns to beat Menlo-Atherton 49–28. . Semifinals.
Serra had five turnovers in his opening round in a 41–30 win over Wally Christian, but played a more clean game in the semi-finals at Bellarmine.
The Padres now face a team that had accumulated an offense of 535 yards against them shortly before.
“We needed to look at ourselves in the mirror and take a big dose of humility and look at something that was very painful, which I have seen many times,” Walsh said. “We could have done things better, I think. But there were some great inhibitions and plans and obviously, Lancer’s spirit is as strong as it is happening right now. It’s a testament to the coach Calcagno and his staff.” ”