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More things go wrong for Bellarmine-Jefferson football in 36-0 loss

Football: Guards see numbers dwindle down to 10 at times in running-clock loss to St. Monica in Santa Fe League opener Saturday.

October 12, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Leader

BURBANK — With the opening of Santa Fe league play for the Bellarmine-Jefferson football program at hand, its six-week road to the opener had been a tumultuous one, including four cancellations, a forfeit, an abbreviated road loss and shutout loss at home.

After being forced to cancel last week’s game, the Guards opened Santa Fe play against St. Monica Saturday night at Memorial Field.

Things only got worse for Bell-Jeff.

It lost the game, 36-0, and incurred several injuries to the players it had suited up at kickoff.

“We started with 13 tonight and the kids that played, all of them, played as hard as they could,” first-year Bell-Jeff Coach Lance Fauria said. “As a staff and as a school, we are extremely proud of them.”

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Bell-Jeff (0-4, 0-1) was down 21-0 after the first quarter. St. Monica, which had 39 players in pads, scored on its fourth play by way of a one-yard run by Charles Heard, then again five plays later on a 49-yard interception return by David Araujo and later in the quarter on a five-yard run by Jack Cain, which came one play after a high snap on a Guards punt attempt gave the Mariners (3-4, 1-0) the ball in prime position to score.

“It’s two Catholic schools and sometimes another Catholic school needs a helping hand,” said Mariner Coach Adam Guerra, who called up numerous underclassmen. “We came out and played good. They’ve got to get better and some of our young players got to get better.”

The Guards did catch a break late in the first when they got off a punt that was muffed by the Mariners. Bell-Jeff’s AJ Navarro recovered it, but the Guards were unable to get a first down, sending Devoughn Roberts back into punt formation.

That snap sailed over the head of Roberts, who retrieved it and tried to make a play before he was sandwiched by two Mariners for a 25-yard loss. He would not return to the field.

St. Monica scored two plays later to make it 28-0 early 10:39 left in the second quarter, which led the officials to start a running clock.

On the ensuing possession, the Guards gained a couple first downs before losing another skill player. Miles Hopkins, who had just returned to the field after suffering a concussion during his team’s Sept. 21 loss to Chadwick, took off on an exciting run in which the senior cut one way before switching fields to gain seven yards.

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