Friday, September 1, 2017

A Fun Return to the Alma Mater, St. Francis H.S. for an American Football Game

Thursday, August 31, 2017:

The heat wave continued in Southern California today but, undaunted, Laurie and I trekked one hour to the city of La Cañada-Flintridge to witness my alma mater's 2017 opening game at home.

The contest featured two schools that sanely opted not to play a Zero Week game last weekend . . .

The Mira Costa Mustangs
(0-0, 7-4 in 2016)

The St. Francis Golden Knights
(0-0, 9-2 in 2016)

It was . . .
a BEAUTIFUL night for an
American football game

The San Gabriel Mountains make for a great backdrop the Jack Friedman Field.

Jack Friedman was our Head Football Coach when I went to St. Francis H.S. from September of 1961 to June of 1965.

With Terry Terrazone
St. Francis H.S. Legend and
fellow SFHS Class of 1965 alumnus

We had a great time visiting with Terry throughout the game, he's a legend for a reason.

This huge Golden (Silver?) Knight
sculpture near the end zone is

It is made mostly of chrome bumpers

The knight's chain mail is made out of spoons.

Extremely cool.

Nearly an hour after the
opening kickoff, it was still

Speaking of the opening kickoff

The Golden Knights defense
swarmed to the ball all night long

Friday NIGHT Lights at last

The Golden Knights got their season off to a solid start with a 48-21 victory tonight.

#7 SFHS QB Darius Perrantes
picture courtesy of the
Pasadena Star-News

St. Francis QB Darius Perrantes, a Junior transfer from Crespi H.S., threw an astounding SIX touchdown passes in his first Varsity game for the Golden Knights. He was 15 for 26 passing good for 314 yards.

The future for the Golden Knights looks bright.

As for me, I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at our old stomping grounds. A lot has changed on the SFHS campus over the last 52 years to be sure, but it still feels like home.

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