73rd Holy War: St. Francis overpowers Bellarmine in the trenches

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Holy War between Bellarmine and St. Francis dates back to 1958.

Friday night in Mountain View, the 73rd rendition of the storied rivalry saw St. Francis establish itself in the trenches during a 28-10 victory in front of a raucous crowd on Senior Night and Homecoming.

That means this year’s graduating class of Lancers never lost to the Bells on the varsity level, its legacy four straight wins after snapping an 11-game skid in 2016.

“We ended the streak a few years ago and we knew that we wanted to keep it going,” said St. Francis senior Mose Vavao, a three-star recruit on the offensive line. “And I told the seniors at halftime, ‘We have one more half, 24 minutes on this field.’ It may be the last time we ever step foot on this field, which was has been part of us for four years. So it was a very special, very emotional night for us.”

St. Francis nose guard Afa Sanft, who recorded 2.5 sacks on three consecutive plays in the fourth quarter, was tabbed MVP of this West Catholic Athletic League contest, which was presented by the Marines as part of the 15th-annual Great American Rivalry Series.

“It means a lot because this is our rivalry, it’s been going on for years,” Sanft said. “It’s been a tradition playing against the Bellarmine Bells, so I’m glad that we worked hard all week to bring the intensity that you saw and we came out with the dub.”


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