St. Mary's football was amped for its Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal with Rocklin Friday at Sanguinetti Field. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MAXPREPS)
It was supposed to be one of the weekend’s closest games.
No. 3 St. Mary’s football had sixth-seeded Rocklin in town Friday in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal. The Thunder were much more than a No. 6, but a Sacramento-area power with 73 players on its roster, big, tall, strong and fast kids and a resume that includes a win over perennial power Del Oro.
St. Mary’s, though, was unfazed.
The Rams led by two touchdowns at half and ran away by blanking the Thunder 28-0 in the second half, in a 56-14 thrashing at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton.
Here’s a quarter-by-quarter breakdown and a complete statistical look at both teams’ nights:
After the Rams started the game with a three-and-out, senior Shane McDermott sacked Thunder quarterback Will Floyd. From there, St. Mary’s scored four plays later, as QB Noah Righetti found WR Stephen Gudino on a 46-yard seam route on third down for a 7-0 lead, 8:04 left in the first quarter.
Rocklin struck back with an 8-play, 65-yard drive, capped by an 18-yard screen pass TD to Blake Laurin.
The Rams’ Daniel Montijo tipped Floyd’s pass to force a turnover on downs. Five plays later, St. Mary’s Tavonne Johnson took a handoff right, and was nearly tackled. But, his knee never scraped the turf, and he popped up and dashed 45 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
St. Mary’s Justin Mills intercepted Floyd soon after, and on 4th down from Rocklin’s 28, Righetti lobbed it to Gudino, who tip-toed past the goal line for his second TD and a 21-7 lead.
With less than 40 seconds to half, Floyd hit Wesley Preece with a 22-yard fade TD to cut it to 21-14. But Righetti and WR Javonte Norman lit up the home crowd, with a beautiful 71-yard TD streak down the right sideline for a 28-14 halftime advantage.
St. Mary’s linebacker Khalil Hodge opened the second half by intercepting a Floyd pass over the middle. However, five plays later, a Righetti pass was tipped and picked off by the Thunder.
Crazy enough, on the very next play, the Rams’ (11-1) McDermott tipped a pass into the air and Dwight Jackson intercepted it and brought it to the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Marcell Spady ran in his first of four TDs, from 2 yards for a 35-14 lead.
Spady added an 8-yard TD run for a 42-14 lead after three.
The Rams, in a game that was supposed to be quite close, got two more TDs of 16 and 4 yards from Spady, and celebrated its 56-14 rout with a running clock. St Mary’s plays at No. 2 Elk Grove in a Friday semifinal at 7 p.m.
Will Floyd: 15 of 33, 148 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs
Evyn Holtz: 9 rush, 54 yards
Will Floyd: 8 rush, 18 yards, 3 sacks, 1 fumble
Vann Calhoun: 4 rush, 5 yards
Riley Clark: 1 rush, 1 yard
Blake Laurin: 7 rec., 60 yards, TD
Vann Calhoun: 3 rec., 32 yards
Brady Mays: 3 rec., 30 yards
Wesley Preece: 1 rec., 22 yards, TD
No. 8: 1 rec., 4 yards
Total Offense: 226 yards (148 passing, 78 rushing)
ST. MARY’S (11-1)
Noah Righetti: 11 of 19, 262 yards, 3 TDs, INT
Marcell Spady: 18 rush, 77 yards, 4 TDs
Tavonne Johnson: 5 rush, 62 yards, TD
Noah Righetti: 6 rush, 16 yards
Dewey Cotton: 2 rush, 4 yards
Stephen Gudino: 4 rec., 96 yards, 2 TDs
Javonte Norman: 1 rec., 71 yards, TD
Dewey Cotton: 3 rec., 42 yards
Demetrius Ferguson: 2 rec., 35 yards
Keaton Hampton: 1 rec., 16 yards
Karsten Lee: 1 rec., 9 yards
Total Offense: 421 yards (262 passing, 159 rushing)
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