PASADENA — Two weeks into the season and the St. Francis High football team’s offense is rolling right along.
In the second week of the season, the defense also put together an impressive display as it pitched a shutout while junior quarterback Darius Perrantes threw two touchdown passes to lead visiting St. Francis to a 42-0 non-league victory over Pasadena at Pasadena High.
In its season opener, St. Francis posted a 48-21 victory over Mira Costa. Similar to that game, the offense was a bit slow to start, but thereafter ran roughshod.
St. Francis (2-0) led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Elijah Washington. But then St. Francis got its offense going in the second quarter with 28 points for a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Perrantes completed six out of eight passes for 215 yards, all in the first half. Perrantes connected on a 61-yard touchdown pass to Blake Howard early in the second quarter.
"My receivers were getting open and made good moves which made my job easier. I was able to make some pre-snap reads on their man defense,” St. Francis quarterback Darius Perrantes said.
Washington carried eight times for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin Armstead chipped in with 33 yards on five carries and one touchdown.
Pasadena (0-3) was led by Daron Derderian, who completed 12 out of 22 passes for 67 yards. Jalen Jolley led the Bulldogs on the ground with 30 yards on 10 carries.
The St. Francis defense held Pasadena to 119 yards in total offense. Max Mota intercepted a pass and returned a fumble 10 yards for a touchdown to spearhead the Golden Knight defense.
"It took us awhile to get some momentum, but once Darius hit a couple of passes and the receivers did a good job with yards after the catch, we clicked,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “I was proud of how our defense played and how prepared they were."