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Prep football: Wildcats come up just short

W.R. loses late lead against St. Francis

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
West Ranch’s Rawston Redick hauls in a touchdown on Friday at Valencia High School. West Ranch’s Rawston Redick hauls in a touchdown on Friday at Valencia High School.
West Ranch’s Rawston Redick hauls in a touchdown on Friday at Valencia High School.

After battling back to take a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, disaster struck for West Ranch as they fell 38-30 to St. Francis of La Canada Friday at Dr. Paul A Priesz Stadium at Valencia High.

West Ranch fell into an early hole as St. Francis quarterback Jared Lebowitz connected with Tommy Scheper for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

Following the touchdown, a successful two-point conversion gave the Golden Knights an 8-0 lead after just 13 seconds of play.

St. Francis kicker Mark Verso added two field goals from 31 and 27 yards, respectively, to extend the lead to 14-0 with 1:55 left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats answered on their next possession.

Quarterback Gerrit Mouw hit Rawston Redick for a 79-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.

The touchdown ignited the Wildcats as they scored 23 unanswered points to take a 23-14 lead with 9:25 to play in the third.

St. Francis then got another big play from its quarterback.
Rolling to his right, Lebowitz pulled St. Francis within two points after a completion down the right sideline to running back Daniel Kawamura for a 49-yard touchdown that made the score 23-21.

On the ensuing West Ranch possession, the connection of Mouw to Redick proved to be lethal again.

Mouw hit Redick on a comeback route to the left corner of the end zone to give West Ranch a 30-21 lead with 1:50 left in the third.

Mouw finished the game 16-for-29 for 226 yards with two touchdowns, and one interception.

Redick caught eight passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

After another successful Verso field goal from 42 yards out brought the score to 30-24, a bad West Ranch punt gave the Golden Knights the ball on the Wildcat 43-yard line.

Three plays later, Lebowitz kept the football on an option, and scampered 13 yards for the score and a 31-30 lead.

Lebowitz finished the game 16-for-31 for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He added five rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

St. Francis added a final touchdown with 3:21 left in the game on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Zachary Washington to set the final score at 38-30.

West Ranch will have a bye week next week before beginning Foothill League play Oct. 5 at Hart.


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