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July 11, 2024

St. Francis Sharks surprise Greenfield Bruins, 35-18

GREENFIELD — Displaying a potent air attack, the St. Francis Sharks sprinted by the host Greenfield Bruins by a 35-18 score Friday night in Greenfield.

The Bruins suffered their second Santa Lucia Divisional loss to fall to 3-2 and 3-6 overall.

“We had not expected St. Francis to come out throwing like they did,” said Bruin head coach Adam Barsenas. “It kind of caught us off guard, but it took a while for us to adjust to it. The game was close at 8-7 at the half, but we made some mistakes that allowed them to score two more touchdowns.”

St. Francis quarterback Davin Avila connected on 10 passes out of 24 attempts, with three of those passes resulting in touchdowns.

Greenfield led the game at halftime and again in the third quarter at 18-14. The Sharks regained the lead 21-18 in the fourth quarter with a 16-yard touchdown by receiver Lawson Orradre, who gave his team the early lead at 7-0 in the first quarter on a pass from Avila.

Greenfield’s Antonio Chiquito scored after the first score by Orradre in the first quarter, and then quarterback Daniel Morales ran in a two-point conversion to complete the first half scoring. The Bruins scored on a 43-yard field goal by Jose Hernandez in the third quarter and completed their scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run by Morales.

Avila threw two touchdown passes to Joey Garibay of 34 and 20 yards and Johrdan Garza ran in for a Shark touchdown late in the game for the final 35-18 score.

Chiquito led Greenfield with 98 rushing yards and scored one touchdown, and Morales had a 10 of 21 passing night for 136 yards. Sergio Aguirre led the Bruins defensively with three sacks and Daniel Cervantes had six tackles and came up with an interception.

On Friday, the Bruins will play the divisional-leading Pacific Grove Breakers, who are leading the Santa Lucia Division at 4-0 and are 5-3 overall. The game will be the last regular season game for Greenfield.

“We will see what we can do on Friday,” said Barsenas. “Our hope is to go over there and come home with a win.”