St. Francis Prep falls just shy of championship


| ncarousso@queenscourier.com |

After two consecutive seasons of winning just one regular season game combined, Saint Francis Prep’s football team went 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the “AA” division of the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) this past regular season.

The Terriers had a successful season and made it to the CHSFL “A” playoffs and championship game against Bishop Ford on Saturday, November 12.

Before the championship game the Terriers and Falcons met once in the regular season on October 30. St. Francis Prep was victorious in that game 21-12.

The Terriers scored first with 3:34 remaining in the first half when Tom Cani connected on an 18-yard strike to Chuck Myers. Shortly after the half, Casey Beaudoin ran into the end zone for his first of two rushing touchdowns in the game.

Bishop Ford’s offense was very solid, led by senior tailback Devon Mitchell. Mitchell ran for 148 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Mitchell shook off tackles and showed elusiveness and endurance. For this reason, he was awarded with the MVP award after the game. However, one play made by quarterback Xaviah Mattocks and tight end Rodney Gonzales with 6.7 seconds left defined the outcome of the CHSFL “A” championship game. Gonzales caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Mattocks that deflated the crowd and the Terriers sideline. Bishop Ford won 22-18.

The Terriers go into the offseason with a bad taste in their mouths and a mix of feelings and emotions. The players look forward to next year where they anticipate being back in the playoffs and the championship game.