St Rita Football to Play for the CYO Championship

St Rita won its CYO Semifinal Football Game against Holy Trinity of San Pedro, 4-2. Yes that score is right and the game was football, not Futbol. For the first time in school history, a regular football game ended 0-0. It is also the first time the Raiders have ever won a game without scoring a touchdown, since we do not have field goals. The game was a tough physical contest between the two schools who have been in the final four more than any others in the last decade. Holy Trinity has an enrollment double that of St Rita so the win was even more impressive.

By CYO rules, if a football game ends tied, the teams run one or two point conversions until one team emerges ahead after an equal number of tries. The Chargers did not score on their first try and the Raiders chose to go for one point. The pass to Brandon Clarizio was high and in his usual style, Clarizio made a valiant effort to catch it. Unfortunately, he came down awkwardly on his arm, fracturing the wrist. After a delay of several minutes, the Raiders had to go first in the second round. CJ Rettig completed a strike to Sam Poon for two points. The Chargers sent it to a third overtime as they scored two points to tie. Neither team scored in the third overtime as a Luca Farroni pass to Andrew Amerio just missed. In the fourth OT, Vinny Zuniga hauled in a Rettig toss for two points and the Raiders held on the ensuing Charger try.

The win puts the Raiders in the title game against another large school, American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach. That game is this Sunday 11/23 at St Francis High School. Game time is 3:00. This is the Raiders second straight year in the Championship game and their seventh time overall. They are still seeking their first title to go with 6 second place finishes, four thirds and a fourth in their previous 11 final fours.

It’s Final Four Time for Varsity Football!

St Rita struggled mightily in their Elite Eight football game, but in the end they emerged with a 20-18 victory over Our Lady of Lourdes. The Lions were a formidable foe with good size and great speed. Lourdes scored first on a punt return as neither team could get anything going on offense, but a CJ Rettig to Christian Locatelli scoring toss and a conversion by Luca Farroni gave the Raiders a lead. Before the half, Farroni hit Brandon Clarizio with a reverse pass for a score.

The Lions scored their lone offensive touchdown as they took the second half kickoff and marched to the end zone. The conversion was no good, leaving the Raiders with a 14-12 edge. The Raiders suffered through an uncharacteristic series of mistakes that culminated in a pick six to see them fall behind 18-14. Until this game, St Rita had not trailed in a game since early September. To the kids credit, they responded to the challenge with a successful drive that ended with a Sam Poon reception of a Rettig touchdown pass. The Lions had one more chance to win, but that was thwarted by a Farroni interception.

The win wasn’t pretty, but it earned St Rita their 12th appearance in the CYO Football Final Four in the last 24 years. The semifinals are at St Francis High School at 1;00 against perennial power Holy Trinity of San Pedro. The winner of that game will play at St Francis against the winner of Corpus Christi School of Pacific Palisades and American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach for the CYO Championship. The losing teams on Saturday, play for third on Sunday. Third place game is 1:30 pm while the Championship is at 3:00 pm.

Varsity Football Earns A Spot in the Elite Eight

The St Rita Varsity Football Team defeated NAC Conference Champion, St Francis Xavier of Burbank, 20-0 on Saturday. The win moved them to the elite eight of the 60 team CYO Football Playoffs. The Raiders play Our Lady of Lourdes, the undefeated champion of the Big East Conference of Los Angeles. That game will be played at Salesian High School at 960 S Soto Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90023-1323. Game time is 2:30 pm.

During the season, most of the offensive damage by St Rita was done in quick strike fashion through the air. In this game, the running of Luca Farroni and a strong defense proved too much for the Knights. The win moves the Raider season record to 15 wins and 1 loss.

Directions from St Rita to Salesian are: 210 Fwy West to the 2 south, to the 5 toward Los Angeles. Exit the 5 at 4th Street. Turn left on to fourth street and then right on Soto Street. At this point, I suggest turning left on Whittier Blvd. Go past the Church on the right (Santa Isabel) and turn right on the dead end street immediately after. Park on that street, or enter the lot at the end of the street. We may be able to park at Santa Isabel at that time of the day.


Raider Varsity Football in the Sweet Sixteen (Updated 11/13)

St Rita received a #1 seed in the CYO Football playoffs and set out to prove that it was deserved. After receiving a bye in round one, the Raiders took the field against Verdugo Conference champion St Bernard of Los Angeles. The 36-12 victory moved the Raiders to the sweet sixteen where they meet Northern Athletic Conference Champion, St Francis Xavier of Burbank. That game will be played at St Francis High School at 11:30 on Saturday November 15. If the Raiders win that game, they move to the Elite Eight at Salesian High School (2:30 pm) on Sunday November 16. If St Rita makes it to that game that game they will face the winner go Big East Champion, Our Lady of Lourdes, LA and Pacific Athletic Conference Champion, St Anastasia of West LA.

The Raiders started quickly against St Bernards, scoring on their first possession with a pass from CJ Rettig to Sam Poon. St Bernards countered, scoring on their first time with the ball on as series of short passes, aided by a pair of St Rita penalties. From that point, the Raiders went to work, using big runs by Luca Farroni, Brandon Clarizio and Christian Locatelli as well as timely passing by Rettig (and a pick six by Rettig) to score the next 30 points and put the game out of reach.

If we win on Saturday November 16, we have a new game time on Sunday at Salesian. Due to Salesian’s Open House, our game time will move from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Raider Spirit Wear Available

Athletes, Students, Parents and Friends,

We are selling St Rita Spirit Wear to show pride in our school and support for our teams. These shirts can be worn on special days at school, to practice, to our games and can be worn in lieu of the PE shirt on the West Campus. They can also just be worn around town. On display, outside the office, are three styles of the “St Rita Raiders” shirt as well as the football and volleyball shirts being worn by our athletes. St Rita hats and visors are also being sold. You can purchase items in the office this week only. After that the order form that can be downloaded below must be used to make a purchase (you may use it now as well). We will send home the item(s) that day if available. We have a good stock available, but if we need to order it, it will take about a week. Be sure to make all checks payable to “St Rita Athletics”.

T-shirts of any style are available in men’s sizes youth medium through adult x-large for $10 (we can get youth small if there is a demand). 2XL shirts are $13. Larger sizes can be ordered for $14. Women’s v-neck shirts are in sizes adult small through adult large for $13. Other sizes can be ordered. Visors with an embroidered “St Rita” on the front are $15. Flex-fit hats with an embroidered St Rita and logo are $20. They are in small/medium and large/x-large sizes.

Varsity Football Completes Undefeated League Season

The Raider football team emerged from this week’s contests with a perfect 10-0 mark in league play and a 13-1 record overall. This likely positions the boys for a high seed in the upcoming CYO playoffs which begin on November 8. Both St. Andrew and Holy Angels could have put a dent in the Raider’s championship plans, but the boys were up to the challenge. They managed to score on the first play in each game on their way to relatively easy wins. The final score in the St Andrews game was 32-6 and in the Holy Angels game it was 30-6.

All but three of the ten games ended after three quarters due to the mercy rule. Despite this, the team averaged over 36 points per game, while the defense gave up less than 7 points per game. This team has a number of weapons, scoring on offense, defense and kick returns all year. Hopefully, this trend continues in the playoffs as they strive to advance to the final four once again. Good luck Raiders!

Great Week for Varsity Football

This week, St Rita Varsity Football really lived up to their potential. They began with a 42-6 victory overall Immaculate Conception. The starters played only a limited role in the game, but Andrew Garibian ran back a kick off and a punt for touchdowns. Jake Smith threw some nice balls and both Jason Maucher and Frederick Harper scored for the Raiders.

The following day, the Raiders had an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season and they did it in dominating style. The starting defense held Holy Family to no scores and just one first down. Govind O’Campo played his best game of the year as he constantly harassed the knight quarterback. Defensive backs Andrew Amerio, Vinny Zuniga, Brandon Clarizio and Christian Locateli blanketed the receivers all game.

The offense did equally well as they scored four time to take a 30-0 lead at one point. The combo of quarterback CJ Rettig and receiver/running back Luca Farroni did a lot of damage through the air, but the elusive running of Farroni was equally strong. Sam Poon was his usual excellent self at center and both O’Campo and William Zhang had their best blocking game of the year. The knights finally scored on a kick return and an interception return, as even the second defense held them in check.

The wins ran the Raider’s season record to 7 wins against 1 loss overall and 4-0 in league. They are in sole possession of first in the 11 team Foothill Conference of the CYO. next week, St Rita has a pair of away games against traditionally strong teams. They start with Assumption of Pasadena at Victory Park on Tuesday (10/7) and move on to St Elizabeth of Altadena on Thursday.

Varsity Football Season Results – Updated 11/24

Overall Record – 17 Wins and 2 Losses            League Record – 10 Wins and 0 Losses

St Rita 32   St Hilary 6

St Rita 26   St Irenaeus (Cypress) 20

Holy Family 19   St Rita 14

St Rita 20   St Joseph (Placentia) 6

*St Rita 30   San Gabriel Mission 0

*St Rita 30   St Philip 14

*St Rita 42   Immaculate Conception School 6

*St Rita 30   Holy Family 14

*St Rita 44   Assumption BVM 16

*St Rita 42   St Elizabeth 0

*St Rita 44   St Therese 0

*St Rita 40   St Luke 0

*St Rita 32   St Andrews 6

*St Rita 30   Holy Angels 6

Playoffs – 

First Round – Bye

Second Round – St Rita 36   St Bernard (LA) 12

Third Round – St Rita 20   St Francis Xavier (Burbank) 0

Fourth Round – St Rita 20   Our Lady of Lourdes (LA) 18

Fifth Round (Semifinals) – St Rita 4   Holy Trinity (San Pedro) 2 in 4 overtimes

Sixth Round (Finals) – American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach) 56   St Rita 24

*League Game

Raider Football Takes Third at St Paul

St Rita went 3-1 in the St Paul Tournament. In our opening game Saturday, we defeated St Hilary of Pico Rivera 32-6.  The second game was far more difficult as we jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first ten minutes against St Ireneaus of Cypress. We then proceeded to give up 20 straight points and things looked desperate until we scored with 10 seconds remaining to win 26-20.

In Sunday’s semifinals, we met Holy Family of South Pasadena. At the half, we trailed 12-6. The Knights scored again to go up 19-6. We got a touchdown and a 2 point conversion to bring the score to 19-14. After holding Holy Family on four plays, we had one last chance, but were sacked. That loss sent us to the third place game against St Joseph of Placentia. They scored on their second play but St Rita came right back to tie the score at 6-6, where it stayed until the half. The second half was all St Rita’s as we took over the game, shutting out St Joseph and scoring 14 points to win 20-6.

CYO Website

Parents, please take the time to view the CYO website at CYOLA.ORG   It will provide a tremendous amount of information. Besides schedules, standings and last minute updates, you can view upcoming calendar events and venue locators. Every site our school will play at can be found on the venue locator. There is also additional info such as the food available around the venue when we are in tournaments. You can access directions as well. Alerts such as weather cancellations are coming. Please register with the site to get specific St Rita information.