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St. Francis football honors Jim Bonds in rout of Crespi – Daily News

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LA CANADA – With the late St. Francis High football coach Jim Bonds on their minds Saturday, the Golden Knights looked to honor him in their Angelus League showdown against unbeaten Crespi.

St. Francis did that by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 63-20 league victory.

“We just wanted our guys to come out and play physical,” St. Francis coach Ted Corcoran said. “We wanted to play sound football. We turned it over on the first one, but we knew that if we did those things and took care of the fundamentals, we’d be OK.”

The night began with a pregame ceremony featuring California State Senator Anthony Portantino, who dedicated two state plaques to the late coach’s family and to the school.

It was a faulty start for the Celts (3-1, 1-1 Angelus), as turnovers contributed to the 21-0 hole they found themselves in after just one quarter.

“It was one of those things where we had to execute a little better,” Crespi coach Dameon Porter said. “In pressured games, in high-stakes games or when it matters, sometimes those things happen. We were not our best tonight.”

Loyola (3-0, 2-0) is ensured of at least a share of the Angelus League title after Crespi’s loss.

St. Francis sophomore quarterback Jack Jacobs, senior tight end Evan Jernegen and junior running back Max Garrison helped to capitalize on each Crespi mistake.

Jacobs had two 1-yard touchdown runs and threw three passing touchdowns. He completed all seven of his pass attempts for 124 yards before being pulled at the half. Garrison carried the ball 19 times for two touchdowns and 173 yards, and Jernegen caught all three of Jacobs’ passing touchdowns on five receptions and 91 yards.

Jernegen made the play of the game, nabbing a one-handed catch for a 23-yard touchdown reception with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

“We’ve been throwing since last August,” Jernegen said. “Every weekend. We’ve made these plays back then, and that’s what happened tonight.”

Despite the team’s struggles on special teams, Crespi third-string quarterback Johnny Schaefer made the most of his opportunity with 123 yards passing, two passing touchdowns, an interception and a rushing touchdown. Celts running back Khallid Calhoun had 14 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Holden Gering caught four passes for 80 yards and two scores.

The Celts were without their top two starting quarterbacks, Zachary Siskowic and Sloan Senofsky, after both suffered season-ending injuries last week against St. Paul.

St. Francis was simply too much, carrying an eventual 49-7 lead into halftime.

“We’ve learned to bounce back and just work on it as a team,” Jacobs said. “We just played together and made it work tonight.”

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