By Ernest Stone
Both Archbishop Mitty and St. Ignatius entered their WCAL football contest the victims of heartbreaking losses the previous week.
On Saturday, Mitty responded with an all-out dominant performance.
How dominant? Try 329 yards of total offense for Mitty (3-3, 2-1) with only 59 for St. Ignatius in a 30-0 road victory.
“We’ve put together great efforts two weeks in a row,” said Mitty head coach Matt Haniger. “I think whether it’s this week or even last week’s loss to Valley Christian, we’ve proved we can play with any team.”
Mitty asserted itself right away, when a 2-yard touchdown run by Jacob Barrow in the first quarter was followed by a successful onside kick. On the following play, senior Cal-bound quarterback Kyle Boehm found Brandon White for a 32-yard touchdown pass to put the Monarchs up 13-0 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter.
Coming off of head coach Steve Bluford’s leave earlier in the week, St. Ignatius (1-4-1, 0-3) was unable to match Mitty’s intensity both on the field and on the sidelines. While the Wildcats were able to keep the Monarchs off the board for the remainder of the first half, they were unable to move the ball throughout the entire game.
“On defense, I was happy with the movement and our ability to give them trouble protecting their quarterback,” said St. Ignatius assistant coach John Regalia, who is serving as interim head coach in Bluford’s absence. “As for Mitty’s defense, it’s great, and it’s more about what they did than what we didn’t do.”
The second half was an identical copy of the first, with Mitty’s solid offense complementing its impenetrable defense. The Monarchs entered the fourth quarter up 20-0 following a 1-yard run from Boehm. A field goal and a 34-yard touchdown run from Jacob Wesson in the fourth closed out the win along with adding to an already impressive statistical performance.
The Monarchs look to win on the road once again, traveling to St. Francis next week.
For St. Ignatius, a team dealing with off-the-field pressures in the midst of its season, a road game against Serra is the next order of business.
“We are finally healthy, and this team is all about competition and a commitment to growing both on and off the field,” said Regalia. “I’ll continue to teach and I’m sure my players will continue through the season in the same graceful and heroic way they have been doing already.”
M: 6:13 — Jacob Barrow 2-yard run (Brandon White kick good)
M: 6:01 — Brandon White 32-yard pass to Kyle Boehm (White kick failed)
M: 2:35 — Boehm 10-yard run (White kick good)
M: 8:44 — White 27-yard field goal
M: 1:40 — Jacob Wesson 34 yard run- (Brandon White kick is good)