WCAL | Saint Francis vs Mitty
by: Edwin Wise
The St. Francis Lancers kept their WCAL title hopes alive has they escaped “The Pit” with another thrilling victory by a score of 14-13.
The Lancers did not score a point until essentially the end of the third quarter. Running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio rushed for a 19 yard touchdown with just six seconds remaining before the fourth. The Lancers top dog in the backfield was held mostly in check before the Monarchs defense began to crack. He’d finish with 69 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Fellow running back, Lutoviko Ahoia, had a solid night slowly moving the chains, tallying up 84 yards on 19 carries.
Mitty appeared to be in control, albeit slightly in terms of points in the first half. The Monarchs led 6-0 at intermission, however, starting quarterback Sam Serra would injury his right shoulder just before halftime and would not return. Serra was part of a solid rushing committee that was led by running back Blake Flovin who carried the ball 12 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Flovin actually gave the Monarchs a 13 point lead in the third, but Mitty would then lose defensive lineman Jacob Martinez to a foot injury for the rest of the game. Fittingly enough, that same quarter the Lancers would begin to break through.
The comeback would be topped off by an impressive drive late in the fourth, led by the Lancers QB Kamalii Akina. Despite only completing seven of 12 passes, Akina made them all count. None of them being any bigger than a gorgeous 24 yard TD pass to Bennet Williams; over the shoulder and just unstoppable to defend, while only leaving 46 seconds left on the clock.
St. Francis (8-1, 5-1) will conclude its regular season up in “The City” against Riordan (7-2, 4-2) with hopes of getting sole possession of the WCAL title, if Bellarmine loses its regular season finale.
As for Mitty (5-4, 2-4), they hope to end their regular season on a high note and prove they still deserve a spot in the CCS when they visit Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-8, 0-6).