Chaminade High and Arcadia each picked up easy victories this past Friday as the Eagles breezed past visiting St. Francis 31-13 in a Mission League game, while the Apaches topped Glendale 44-0 in a Pacific League match at Moyse Field.
It so happens Chaminade is the CIF Southern Section’s top-ranked team in the Western Division, and Arcadia is No. 3 in the Southeast Division. Upsets can occur, but not on this evening as the chalk ran true to form.
It began with Chaminade fumbling the opening kickoff as it became 7-0 in favor of the Golden Knights when quarterback Jared Lebowitz spotted tight end Christian Hess with a 22-yard pass.
Chaminade (7-1 and 3-0 in league) came in averaging nearly 32 points, and put up nearly that number before St. Francis was able to answer with a touchdown on its final series.
Eagles’ running back Terrell Newby accounted for 165 yards on the ground, and scored Chaminade’s first three touchdowns.
Lebowitz connected on 18 of 44 passes for 197 yards with two interceptions, and his favorite target was wide receiver Travis Talianko, who snared five passes for 75 yards. Austin De Los Santos finished with 95 yards on 18 carries.
The Golden Knights (6-2 and 1-2 in league) have lost back-to-back league games, and will venture to St. Paul with a potential playoff berth on the line.
Arcadia raced up and down the field against the Nitros, who haven’t won since their opener against winless Hoover.
The Apaches (6-2 and 4-1 in league) moved ahead 7-0 when quarterback Myles Carr drilled wide receiver Joey Willm with a 13-yard pass and 7:37 left in the first quarter, and it became 14-0 after Carr scrambled 15 yards late in the quarter.
Carr’s four-yard strike to tight end Robbie Haines pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter, and Jake Medel (155 yards on 12 carries) had a nine-yard run with just under 10 minutes left before the half that made it a four touchdown affair.
That score was made possible when Joe Wong intercepted Glendale quarterback Evan Norton (two of seven attempts for 52 yards).
Michael Davis had both catches for the Nitros (1-7 and 0-5 in league), and Christian Osorio finished with 55 yards on 22 carries.
Norton left in favor of reserve Kevin Felix, who was sacked in the end zone for a safety with 6:38 showing in the second quarter as it became 30-0.
Nick Ryor scored from three yards out in the second quarter to make it 37-0, and Rodney Arnett added a 12-yard romp with just under nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.