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Golden Knights Leave Venice Offense Stalled

posted Mar 27, 2011, 10:48 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 7:38 PM ]

Posted in SFHS Sports

By Christian Romo


Photo Credit: Brandon Keenan

In what was expected to be the highest scoring game of the year so far, the St. Francis defense frustrated the high-powered Venice offense on their way to a 31-13 victory. Led by four Gondolier turnovers and three touchdowns from quarterback Brett Nelson, the Golden Knights begin their season at 3-0 for the third straight year.

Coming off a game in which the Golden Knight offense put up 42 points against the Crescenta Valley Falcons, it was expected at the beginning that St. Francis and Venice would be entering a shootout. Things started inauspiciously, however, when the Golden Knight offense lost a fumble on its opening drive for the second straight game. After a defensive stop, Nelson would find an open Christian Hess for an opening 32 yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. After a Nelson interception, the St. Francis defense forced a three-and-out that resulted in a short field for their offense. Running back Austin De Los Santos would punch in a 5 yard carry for a touchdown making the score 14-0 before the end of the first quarter.

St. Francis defender Brian Basic recovered a Venice fumble in Golden Knight territory to open the second quarter of play. Nelson would connect with receiver Travis Talianko, who had a game-high 105 yards of receiving and two touchdowns, for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to make the score 21-0. A Venice touchdown made the score 21-7 before halftime.

Golden Knight  defender Andrew Jackson recovered a Venice fumble on the Gondolier’s 25 yard line that set up a 41 yard field goal by kicker Ian Sternau. A long drive by the hurried Venice offense put the Gondoliers at first and 10 from the Golden Knight 24 yard line, but the defense forced a stop on fourth and 13 that lead to a 78 yard scoring drive in the middle of the fourth quarter.

The Golden Knight defense played with very few mistakes and capitalized on those of the Venice offense. Parker Nieves and Keith Enterante would each earn an interception and fumble recovery, respectively, as the St. Francis defense frustrated Venice quarterback Dean Sarabia. The offense ran smoothly with 85 rushing yards from De Los Santos and 228 passing yards from Nelson, but it was the defense that kept the Golden Knights undefeated.

 The Golden Knights look to go 4-0 as they travel to West Ranch in Valencia on October 1st. The game begins at 7:00 and is the second to last game before the league season begins