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PREVIEW: Cathedral vs. St. Francis (CA)

October 1, 2012

The Cathedral Phantoms will put their perfect season on the line against the visiting St. Francis Golden Knights on Friday. The Phantoms will try to avenge last year’s 54-8 loss to the Golden Knights, who have won 2 straight in the series.

The Cathedral Phantoms posted a 3-7 overall record in 2011, going 0-5 in league play. Many of the troubles the Phantoms faced were due to the loss of quarterback Hayden Rettig, who went down with a torn ACL after only appearing in 2 games. The 2012 season looks much brighter for the Phantoms who return their star quarterback. In 5 games this season, Rettig has thrown for 1,317 yards and 20 touchdowns while only throwing 3 interceptions. Rivals.com has Rettig ranked as the fifth best pro-style quarterback in the country. Rettig has fielded scholarship offers from many top programs around the country but has decided to play at Louisiana State University. Sophomore M.C. Poe will be the backup. Poe has thrown for 188 yards and 6 touchdowns in limited action so far this season. Da’Mari Scott leads a core of wide receivers who are poised to explode in the Phantoms high-flying offense. Scott has 221 yards receiving and has caught 7 touchdowns this season. Ladarius Wiley, Torry McTyer and Cameron Akins have combined to catch 13 touchdowns for the Phantoms. The Phantoms enter the game against St. Francis with a perfect 5-0 record.

The St. Francis Golden Knights finished with a 9-3 record in 2011, on their way to a 3rd place finish in the Mission League and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs. Much of the team’s success can be attributed to a transfer from Vermont High School. Jared Lebowitz entered the 2011 season as one of two non-seniors to start for the Golden Knights. Lebowitz threw for 2,234 yards and 21 touchdowns on his way to earning All-Mission League and All-Area 2nd team selections. In 5 games this season, Lebowitz has thrown for 1,114 yards and 9 touchdowns. The 2012 Golden Knights lost 20 seniors from last year’s team, so to say they are young would be an understatement. Expectations remain high for Head Coach Jim Bonds’ team. Senior Daniel Kawamura will receive the bulk of the carries at running back while junior Joe Mudie may see some action in the backfield as well. Tommy Scheper, Matthew Gonzalez and Evan Crawford will line up as the go-to receivers for the Golden Knights, while sophomore John Carroll will take the tight end duties. St. Francis is 3-2 on the season so far, with a heartbreaking loss to Monrovia last weekend.

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