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Golden Knights Overpower the Falcons

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

By Eric Rodriguez


The Battle of the Boulevard took place at Glendale High School on Friday night, and the Golden Knights shined on their way to victory. Starting the first half with 4 total touchdowns from quarterback Brett Nelson, the Knights pushed through to finish the game 42-14. This is the ninth year in a row that St. Francis has defeated the Crescenta Valley Falcons.

Despite turning the ball over with a fumble on the opening play, the Knights stopped the Falcons from capitalizing on their mistake and forced a quick punt. The Falcons focused on stopping the run, which St. Francis used in their previous win against Arcadia as their bread and butter. This didn’t faze Nelson.

During the Knight’s second drive, Nelson completed 6 passes ending with a 6 yard touchdown pass to Travis Talianko, pushing St. Francis to a 7-0 lead. St. Francis had to march 80 yards down the field to make it to the end-zone on their first possession, but on the next three scoring drives, St. Francis started inside the Falcon’s 30 yard line. With two favorable punts and an interception from cornerback Ryan Jenkins, the Knights started each drive with great field position and capitalized every time. Nelson pushed into the end-zone with a 7 yard option read and then hooked up with Travis Talianko on a 4 yard pass for the receiver’s second touchdown. Lastly, he hit tight-end Keith Enterante on a 6 yard play action pass for his final touchdown of the night.

 With only 3 first downs in the first half, the Falcons came back riding on the energy of the home crowd and rallied back. Falcon receiver Keith Fernandez scored on a 33 yard reverse, but St. Francis responded with a 61 yard reverse to Jenkins for a touchdown of their own. After a 34 yard option pass from wideout Mark Sereno, Falcon quarterback Zac Wikerson scored on a 1 yard sneak to push the score to 35-14. St. Francis running back Austin de los Santos put the nail in the coffin by racking up 50 yards in 5 carries and capping off the drive with an 8 yard carry into the Falcon end-zone.

In the end, St. Francis racked up 186 total rushing yards, with leading rusher Michael Melnick grabbing 51 yards in 15 carries. With 367 total yards, the Knights showed a balanced attack offensively. Receiver Ian Hamilton led all Knights receivers with 84 yards on 5 receptions. He was followed by receiver Travis Talianko, who gained 56 yards in 5 catches of his own.

Happy with the outcome, Nelson still believes that the team has room to grow.

“We know where we’re at, but we still have room to improve.”