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.