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High school football: how St. Francis overtook Bellarmine for the sixth year in a row

SAN JOSE – A long time ago, some people wondered when St. Francis would beat Bellarmine again.

In this historic West Catholic Athletic League rivalry, the Lancers lost 11 consecutive games against the Bales from 2006–2015, an unfathomable run given the program’s rich football history.

But now some wonder when Bellarmine will win another game in the series that began 63 years ago.

On Friday night, in the latest chapter of Holy War, St. Francis took command in the second quarter following the powerful and electrifying William Tew, the passing and physical defense of Joshua Perry.

The Lancers beat Bellarmine 44–24 to improve 7–0 on aggregate and 5–0 in WCAL before a packed home at San Jose City College.

Bellarmine fell 5-3, 2-3.

St Francis extended his winning streak over the Bales to six games, the longest in the series. The Lancers won five in a row in 1996–99.

“We just believe in ourselves,” said St Francis coach Greg Calcagno. “We believe in us and do what we do.”

What St Francis did on Friday was to take advantage of his superior size in the trenches and the mismatch on the sides.

Oh, and he even delivered the ball to his game-breaking running back.

Teu finished with four touchdowns in 276 yards and 21 carries, the sixth consecutive game in which he topped 100 yards.

The senior scored for 29, 37, 48 and 73 yards.

“Every runner thinks to score,” Teu said. “I try my best. Rekha does her job as usual. Sometimes I tell her to put my yards after her. They do one hell of a job. I am just blessed to have them.”

Perry threw two touchdown passes, a 15-yard fade to Tim Netten just before halftime, who made it 23-7, and a 26-yard pass past Riley Long who completed the scoring for the Lancers.

Senior threw 177 yards on 8-of-12 passing.

“You saw the size of our line,” Perry said. “Most teams have to fill the box with eight, nine guys and they just go in with man coverage on the outside. We have some studs. It’s great to see them give some looks.”

Ben Pfaff led Bellarmin with 175 yards and touchdowns in 31 carries. Wade Smith passed for 186 and two TDs and ran for 41 yards.

“They are a very good football team,” said Bellarmine’s coach Jalal Beuchmann. “There’s no doubt about it. I don’t think anyone here today thought they were a very good football team and it would be difficult for us to beat them.

“I think they deserve to be defeated. I think they’d say the same thing if you asked them. If they don’t play well and their opponents do, they can lose a football game. That’s what we think of tonight.” Come here. If we did our best and caught him on a good night, we thought we might win a football game. But it wasn’t like that tonight.”

Check back for updates.

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