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 10/29

Overall Record – 13 Wins and 1 Loss            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

*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 VARSITY FOOTBALL JAMBOREE

On Saturday Sept 13, we are participating in the first ever CYO football jamboree. It takes place at Cantwell High School in Montebello (329 N Garfield). The boys will meet there at 10:45 in Gold Jerseys (bring blue). We will play three – 30 minute scrimmages at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30.

Directions: 210 east to the 605 south to the 60 West. Exit at Garfield-Wilcox. Cross Wilcox and go another block to Garfield where you turn left. Cantwell will be on the right a couple of miles down.

Varsity Football Practice Schedule

For the week of October 27 – October 31

Monday – Game vs St Andrews at Holy Angels – 3:45

Tuesday – Practice 3-4:30 following Team Pictures (Bring Gold jerseys and shorts for the picture) 

WednesdayGame vs Holy Angels at Holy Angels – 3:45

Thursday – No Practice

Friday – No Practice

Playoffs begin the weekend of November 8

Mouthpieces are required at every practice

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.