The St. Francis High Sharks moved to within one win of the program’s first-ever league title on Friday night in a 40-27 Mission Trail Athletic League Coastal division win over Gonzales High on the road.
St. Francis junior fullback Andy O’Rourke scored two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, while junior running back Devon McLeod and senior running back Carson Cuzick each added another before the break to lift St. Francis (7-1, 4-0) to a 28-7 lead.
Senior running back Mario Velasquez ran for a score in the second half and McLeod scored his second touchdown of the night down the stretch to ice the win.
Junior defensive backs Joseph Ramirez and Andrew Seymour each had an interception.
The Sharks will try to clinch at least a share of the MTAL-C title at Santa Cruz High next week.
• Alisal 43, P.V. 0 — The Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies were blanked in a Friday night Monterey Bay League Pacific division loss to Alisal High.
P.V. (1-8, 0-5) has one game left on the docket: the Belgard Kup Game at Cabrillo College.
The annual rivalry game against Watsonville High is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.