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.