HOLY WAR: #2 Bellarmine Defeats #1 Saint Francis for the 11th Time In A Row
Posted October 24, 2015 by Edwin Wise in
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by: Edwin Wise
St. Francis came into tonight’s matchup undefeated and atop the WCAL and Mercury New’s top 15…but that didn’t matter to the Bellarmine Bells. Dubbed the #2 team in the Bay, the Bells defeated the Lancers for the 11th time in a row. St. Francis hasn’t beaten the Bells since 2005 (including the CCS playoffs).
Dubbed the “Holy War,” the Lancers and Bells have been going at it for over 60 years, but the past decade has been dominated by Bellarmine to bring their all time record to 42-27 against SF.
The Lancers looked strong in the first half, controlling the clock and pounding the rock with Cyrus Habibi-Likio and Lutoviko Ahoia. The two combined for 120 yards on 27 carries in just the first half, while the defense limited the Bells to only 23 yards of total offense. Despite that, the Lancers only held a 12-7 lead at the half.
The second half simply looked as though the Bells had the Lancers number. Antonio Garcia’s 22 yard TD run in the third quarter gave the Bells a 14-12 lead, and they wouldn’t let that lead go away.
The two-point lead would be threatened in the closing min of the third, but an amazing goal-line stand by Bellarmine’s defense was the key…stuffing two straight runs by the Lancers.
Fourth quarter, the big plays on offense erupted. An amazing 46 yard reception and a five yard touchdown run on the same drive gave Kyle Macauley his second career “PlayMaker” shirt.
While 53 yard touchdown run late in the fourth capped off an 11 carry, 124 yard and two touchdown performance gave Devon Buenrostro “MVP” honors for the game.
The win for Bellarmine makes the WCAL a bit interesting as three teams, as of Friday night (Bells, Lancers and Valley Christian), are 6-1 and 3-1 in league. Additionally, Riordan (5-1, 3-1) plays St. Ignatius on Saturday, which could bring the WCAL to a four-way tie by the end of the weekend.
Bellarmine’s next matchup will be against Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-5, 0-3), while the Lancers will look to get back on track against Serra (3-3, 1-2).