High school football: Valley Christian holds off St. Francis


SAN JOSE — It was only one game and one win. But given the smiles and celebrating on the victorious side Friday night, it clearly was so much more.

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In a West Catholic Athletic League showdown between two of the three teams that shared the crown last season, Valley Christian held off St. Francis 28-21 as running backs Charlie Bostic and D’Angelo McKenzie combined for three touchdowns and RJ Stone and Co. dominated on the defensive side.

“We’ve always valued our pass rush and our ability to get to the quarterback,” Stone said. “That was just a key part of this game. I believe we did that really well, and we got the job done at the end.”

Valley Christian, which watched a 10-point second-half lead dissolve in an overtime loss at St. Francis last season, looked as if it were teetering on losing another lead down the stretch Friday.

St. Francis (2-2, 0-1) scored on fourth down from the 1 and a penalty on the kickoff pushed Valley Christian (3-1, 1-0) back to its 10 with six minutes to go.

But McKenzie, a standout free safety on defense with college offers from Notre Dame and UCLA, finally got his wish.

His number was called on offense.

“I was on the sideline, and I was a …read more

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