In a battle of undefeated teams, the Serra Cavaliers proved to have too much fire power for St. Francis tonight. The Golden Knights fought to keep the game close and things were tied up 21-21 entering the fourth quarter. Boise State QB commit Jalen Greene changed that.
Greene took the ball on a quarterback draw and raced 50 yards up the gut to give the Cavaliers the lead 28-21 after the successful PAT.
Until that point, St. Francis had the Cavaliers on their heels.
Serra vs St Francis: Game Highlights
Serra struck first with a long TD pass from Greene to wide receiver Jordan Lasley, however, St. Francis quarterback Ty Gangi led the Golden Knights on a few nice drives to build a two touchdown lead.
Gangi hit junior tight end John Carroll on a play action pass to make it 14-7 and then plunged in from one-yard out to make the game 21-7.
Game-changer Adoree' Jackson took advantage of a trick play by St. Francis inside the red zone and made an incredible leaping interception at the goal line on an errant pass. Jackson returned the INT into Golden Knights territory and Jalen Greene did the rest on a short bruising TD run.
Greene proceeded to hit senior wideout Gregory Webb on a back-shoulder throw and tied the game, 21-21.
The pivotal point in the game came at the end of the second quarter after St. Francis converted a field goal and presumably took the lead, 24-21. However, after a running into the kicker penalty against Serra, the Golden Knights decided to press their luck and take a few shots at the end zone.
Two consecutive sacks by the Serra defense sent St. Francis into the half empty handed and the beast was no longer asleep. The Cavaliers defense proved to be the difference in the second half and the Golden Knights weren't able to score again.
Full Game Highlight Mix
In particular, juniors Rasheem Greene and John Houston played great for the Serra defense. Green finished the game with 3 sacks, bringing his total to 11 this season. Houston had several nice tackles, including a huge hit that sent the Cavaliers home crowd into a frenzy.
Seniors Dwight Williams and Olajuwon Tuckers also recorded two sacks each for Serra.
St. Francis was led by Gangi and another solid performance from sophomore wideout Dylan Crawford. Serra's secondary features several future Division I athletes and Crawford proved that he's able to hold his own amongst the big boys. Look for the young wide receiver to gain interest quickly, as he currently has no offers.