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Harrick, Washington Lead Ground Game; Grbavac Anchors Defense as St. Francis Shuts Out Pasadena High School 35-0

St. Francis got four rushing touchdowns from four different players and then rode the back of its defense Thursday night to shut out visiting Pasadena, 35-0. Jace Harrick got St. Francis (2-0) on the board when he rumbled in from 1 yard out with just 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Daniel Scott then […]

St. Francis got four rushing touchdowns from four different players and then rode the back of its defense Thursday night to shut out visiting Pasadena, 35-0.

Jace Harrick got St. Francis (2-0) on the board when he rumbled in from 1 yard out with just 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Daniel Scott then took a Michael Bonds pass 22 yards for the score, and a 14-0 halftime lead.

At the break, the game had more combined penalties than points, but the Golden Knights came out with the ground game on their mind and it worked.

Maxx Jakeway scored a 3-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Elijah Washington sprinted in from 32 yards to close out Pasadena (0-3).

Greg Dulcich replaced Bonds at quarterback, and rushed for what he thought was a 35-yard TD, but a penalty nullified the score.

Dulcich didn’t mind, as two play later, he scored for real from 50 yards out and gave St. Francis a 35-0 lead with 6:39 to play.

The 35-point lead in the fourth quarter triggered the automatic running clock.

“This was sloppy, but it’s a lot better when it’s a sloppy win, rather than a loss,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “Our defense played great and pressured their quarterback(s) all night. We emphasized the running game at halftime and ran the ball well in the second half.”

Gabriel Grbavac was the defensive star of the game, as the junior defensive lineman had 3.5 sacks for the Golden Knights.

Daron Derderian and Kristopher Jolley shared time at quarterback for Pasadena, but neither had a lot of time in the backfield.

Derderian completed 6 of 11 passes for 23 yards and was intercepted by Daniel Scott, and Jolley was 5 of 12 for 38 yards.

Steven Isip led Pasadena with 19 yards on five carries.

Harrick, grandson of former national championship basketball coach at UCLA, Jim Harrick, finished with 106 yards and 13 carries, and Washington came on and gained 85 yards on just 8 carries, including his 32-yard score.

“It felt good to get my first touchdown at this school and contribute,” Harrick said. “All I care about is doing my part to help us win games. Elijah and I make up a pretty good (combo) to run the ball and we’re good friends. If we do well, I don’t care as much who gets the ball. We’ll both do our jobs.”

The game had more than 25 penalties, including two touchdowns that were nullified.

Pasadena and its sideline were irate with the 15 penalties for over 120 yards on Thursday.

Box Score:
Pasadena: 0-0-0-0-(0)
St. Francis: 7-7-0-21-(35)

Scoring:
SF: Jace Harrick 1 run at 0:23 1Q (Dulles Hanula kick)
SF: Daniel Scott 22 pass from Michael Bonds at 7:55 2Q (Hanula kick)
SF: Maxx Jakeway 3 run at 11:57 3Q (Hanula kick)
SF: Elijah Washington 32 run at 9:22 4Q (Hanula kick)
SF: Greg Dulcich 50 run at 6:39 4Q (Hanula kick)

 Offensive Leaders:

Passing: Kristopher Jolley (P) 5 of 12 for 38 yards; Michael Bonds (SF) 6 of 18 for 86 yards, 1 TD.
Rushing: Steven Isip (P) 5 for 16 yards; Jace Harrick (SF) 13 for 106, 1TD, Elijah Washington 8 for 85, 1 TD.
Receiving: Jalen Jolley (P) 4 catches for 30 yards; Daniel Scott (SF) 3 catches for 66 yards, 1TD.

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