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Golden Knights Lose a Heartbreaker to Chaminade

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:29 PM by Golden Knight

By Christian Romo


Chaminade         29

St. Francis            26

Photo Courtesy: Brandon Keenan

For the second week in a row, the Golden Knights entered Friedman Field with the opportunity to knock off a top-ranked league opponent and control their destiny in the Mission League. After a sluggish start and a furious comeback, the Golden Knights’ last-minute potential winning drive was halted by the Eagles’ defense with 16 seconds left.

Two early touchdowns and a two-point conversion put the Eagles on top 15-0 at the end of the first quarter. An Ian Sternau field goal put St. Francis on the board with four minutes left in the second quarter, but Chaminade would tack on another touchdown to make the score 22-3. Quarterback Brett Nelson would once again chip away at the lead with a nine yard touchdown pass to receiver Travis Talianko to send the Golden Knights into the half with a manageable 12 point deficit.

Fullback Luke Anderson would punch in a two yard touchdown to make it a one possession game and a touchdown pass to a wide open Talianko gave the Golden Knights a 23-22 lead. An interception by defensive end Michael Singelyn put the Knights well within Eagle’s territory with a chance to widen their lead, but all they could manage was a 34 yard Sternau field goal. The Knights entered the fourth quarter with a 26-22 lead and a newfound confidence against the highly ranked Eagles.

Both defenses held strong before Chaminade got the ball with three minutes remaining on their own 27 yard line. With under a minute left, the Eagles capped off their game winning drive with the go-ahead touchdown. St. Francis had one last opportunity, but the Knights turned the ball over on downs to essentially finish the game. The Golden Knights scored 23 unanswered points and had Chaminade on the brink of defeat, but it wasn’t enough to upset the favored Eagles.

Mission League leaders Gardena Serra and Chaminade are now undefeated and ranked amongst the top-25 southland football teams, according to the Los Angeles Times. St. Francis falls to 3-4 after a promising start and heads into the middle of their league season with an 0-2 league record. The Golden Knights host St. Paul next week for the homecoming game and the final home game of the regular season at 7:00.