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September 7, 2013St. Mary's-Stockton had numerous big plays in its 47-27 win over Central Catholic in the Holy Bowl. Marcus Lomas ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns and Jaelin Ratliff added two touchdown catches for the Rams, which now get ready to take on No. 1 De La Salle.
"I was really pleased with how we ran the ball tonight. We had some big runs," St. Mary's head coach Tony Franks said. "It was good to see kids we felt are pretty explosive players playing explosive football whether it was on a running play or a pass play."
The Rams were able to move the ball on the ground and through the air in their pistol, three wide receiver offense. They ran for 238 yards to 198 yards in the passing game, including eight plays of 15 yards or more. Junior Demetrius Ferguson had a 78 yard catch and run and ran a bad punt snap for a potential first down before it was called back on a penalty. The speed advantage for the Rams was a deciding factor on Friday. Defensively, the Rams didn't create many big plays, but limited the big runs for the Raiders and finished off drives in the second half. The Rams struggled on special teams at times.
"I was so fired up about our stands. It was a great night for high school football. Our students were awesome. Everyone was excited," Franks said.
Central Catholic won't see this kind of speed and athleticism it saw on Friday night in picking up its first loss. The Raiders got 117 yards and two scores from Matt Ringer while fullback Reggie Bland had 49 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders really struggled to get the passing game going with a 4-for-18 showing for 13 yards. The defense couldn't contain big plays against St. Mary's and will take on McClymonds in a week two rematch of the NorCal Division IV bowl game.
"They've got a terrific team. I think they are going to have a great season. I think they're going to go deep into the playoffs if not all the way again. They have that kind of a team."
Kaleb Parrish 6-foot-4, 205 pounds QB St. Mary's-Stockton (2014): Parrish was able to make some throws downfield and finished 8-for-10 for 198 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He is a good athlete who can avoid rushers, but lacked some zip on his ball. Landing a Division I spot at quarterback is the hardest task in recruiting and the jury is still out on Parrish. He is receiving interest as a potential QB/WR from UC Davis, Weber State, San Diego State and Sacramento State, he said.
Jaelin Ratliff 6-foot-0, 165 pounds WR St. Mary's-Stockton (2014): Ratliff is a good all-around player. He had three catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, played well in the secondary and blocked an early point after attempt. All three of his catches came on post routes and showed some of his burst throughout the night. He has an offer from Wyoming and has interest from Fresno State and Washington, Ratliff said. Wyoming is looking at him as a wide receiver.
Spencer Stark 6-foot-2, 305 pounds OG Central Catholic (2014): Stark lined up at right tackle and was a big factor in the run game. He leans on defenders and drives well off the ball. He was very good on Friday in turning defenders and sealing the edge for runners. His future is at guard due to his size and is worth tracking.