Saint Francis Gets Shutout Win Against Mayfair

Photos by Jared TADAYON


After a blowout win last week against Harvard-Westlake, the Golden Knights were looking to carry the same momentum to their week six game against Mayfair. Saint Francis, (5-1,0-0) were ready and prepared to face the Monsoons (2-5, 0-0) in a non-league match.

Defense was what dictated the game in the first quarter as each team was able to contain one another by forcing quick three and outs. It wasn’t until the 11:55 mark of the second quarter when Golden Knight quarterback Jack Clougherty hit tight end Matthew Buntich for the 18-yard touchdown, unfortunately, the special team was unable to score the extra point, so the score was set at six-0.

“We back each other up, we don’t lose any trust in our special teams we trust our kickers and holders, we know they will start hitting them again,” Cloughtery said.

The Golden Knight defense got the three and out yet again to force another punt. Cloughtery wasted no time as he hit senior tight end Tanner Tomko to extend the lead to 12-0. The team decided to go for a two-point conversion and came up one-yard short to try and extend the lead.

The Saint Francis defense was able to pressure the Golden Knight defense had a tackle for a loss by senior linebacker Matthew Cortez and Tomko.

The third quarter was a defensive fight by both teams as they were able to contain one another. The Saint Francis offense was able to get things going again as Cloughtery threw a screen pass to senior running back Kevin Armstead for the 25-yard dive into the endzone.

Armstead, taking hit after hit, ran the ball 25 times for 175 yards. On the very next offensive possession, Cloughtery put the game out of reach as he darted a pass to sophomore Max Garrison for the 33-yard touchdown to end the quarter.

The scoring ended up coming late for the Golden Knights once again. At the 5:45 mark,

Clougherty hit receiver Bryson Reeves for the 25-yard touchdown.

Cloughtery surpassed his season high in passing touchdowns with five and tallying his first shutout of the season. He leads the angelus league with 18 passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards with 1313.