Game Preview: St. Francis Opens Angelus League Play Tonight at Undefeated St. Paul

Oct 14 2021 10:08:18

Photo of Max Garrison by Ryan Tomey


With just three Angelus League games in 2021, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize how vital the next few weeks will be for the St. Francis football program.

The Golden Knights (5-1) will travel to Santa Fe Springs tonight in the league opener at St. Paul (6-0).

The most glaring question to be answered is: will the St. Francis offense be able to wear down a Swordsmen defense that has allowed just 65 points through the first six games?

SFHS averages 36 points per game, while the stingy SPHS defense allows just 10.

It’s no secret that San Diego commit, Max Garrison, will be the focus of the St. Paul defense tonight.

Garrison has rushed for 770 yards on 80 carries and 15 TD’s, and he’s caught 12 passes for 142 yards and a score.

Jack Jacobs seems to have found his footing as the SFHS quarterback.

Jacobs has completed 86 of his 135 attempts for 941 yards.

Jacobs has thrown for five TD’s and two interceptions.

He’s second in the Golden Knights ground game with 220 yards and six TD’s.

Preston Jernegan (21 catches for 218 yards, one TD), Myles Shannon (15 for 254 & one TD) Garrison (12 for 142, one TD) and Daniel Hara (10 for 102, two TD’s) have been Jacobs’ favorite targets through the first six games.

For St. Paul, their dual-threat quarterback, Isaiah Dunn, will get a lot of attention from the Golden Knights’ defense.

Dunn is 89 of 131 for 1,265 yards.

The St. Paul senior averages 211 yards through the air and has a 68-percent completion ratio.

He’s thrown for 13 TD’s and four picks.

Dunn also leads the Swordsmen’s ground game with 402 yards on 45 carries and six TD’s.

Christian Melendez has also done his part, gaining 289 yards and five TD’s.

Aidan Bravo (27 catches for 440 yards, four TD’s), Jordan Williams (14 for 302 yards, four TD’s), Sahir Gomez (13 for 227 & three TD’s) and Nathan Saldana (22 for 161 yards & two TD’s) lead the St. Paul receiving corps.

The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

By the numbers:
Points scored: SF (214); SP (224)
Points allowed: SF (153); SP (65)
Passing yards per game: SF (157); SP (211)
Rushing yards per game: SF (184); SP (162)
Most points in a game: SF (45); SP (62)
Most points allowed in a game: SF (42); SP (21)
MaxPreps state ranking: SF (88); SP (128)
St. Francis road record (1-0); St. Paul home record (3-0)

St. Paul schedule:
8/20: SP 41, Valley Christian 14
8/27: SP 62, Huntington Park 0
9/10: SP 42, LB Jordan 9
9/17: SP 27, Diamond Ranch 7
9/24: SP 28, Righetti 21
10/1: SP 24, St. Margaret’s 14
10/14: St. Francis at SP
10/22: Crespi at SP
10/29: SP at Loyola

St. Francis schedule:
8/27: SF 44, Mira Costa 35
9/3: Damien 42, SF 17
9/17: SF 42, Muir 6
9/24: SF 45, Los Altos 20
10/1: SF 32, Steele Canyon 25 (OT)
10/8: SF 34, Granite Hills 25
10/14: SF at SP
10/22: Loyola at SF
10/29: SF at Crespi

Angelus League standings:
St. Paul (6-0, 0-0)
St. Francis (5-1, 0-0)
Loyola (5-2, 0-0)
Crespi (2-4, 0-0)