The Serra football team picked up arguably its biggest win since snapping “The Streak” against St. Francis in 2006 when the Padres knocked off Bellarmine 17-7 Friday night in San Jose.
The Bells have owned the West Catholic Athletic League, and the Padres, over the past several years, but Serra put together one of its best overall performances under coach Patrick Walsh in beating the Bells for the first time since the 2008 regular season.
The defense held the Bells to under 200 yards of total offense, while the Padres’ offensive unit racked up nearly 400 yards. Backup quarterback Anthony Smock, making his first varsity start, passed for 170 yards.
All great signs for the Padre Nation and a reason to celebrate.
But now it’s time for all involved to forget about Bellarmine and focus on Friday’s opponent, Sacred Heart Cathedral, under the lights on the Serra campus. A win over the Bells does not a championship team make. Anyone familiar with the WCAL knows it is a “what have you done for me lately” league because any team in the league is capable of jumping up and knocking off any other on any given Friday (or Saturday, as the case may be).
So don’t get too caught up in the win over Bellarmine. There are still games remaining against the Irish, Valley Christian, St. Ignatius, St. Francis, Riordan and Mitty. As Walsh will attest, any one of those teams could bite the Padres if they are not prepared.
With Friday’s win, the Padres have the inside track to a WCAL championship. But it was only game one of a seven-game gauntlet through which they must maneuver. There is no breathing a sigh of relief until the season is over.
The MLB Network was giving no love to the Oakland A’s during the postgame show following Oakland’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday afternoon.
One of the analysts said the Tigers were frustrated swinging “wet newspapers” at the plate, inferring Detroit should be doing much more offensively than six runs in three games.
Why? Perhaps the Tigers aren’t scoring runs by the bushel is because Oakland’s pitching is not allowing them to do so.
The fact the A’s have limited the Tigers to an average of two runs per game is no fluke. Oakland’s starting pitching was ranked second in the American League — ahead of even the “mighty” Tigers’ rotation.
Let’s face it. This is really the first time a lot of these analysts have seriously studied the A’s and are being surprised. Those who know, however, know it is no fluke Oakland leads this best-of-5 series 2-1. The Tigers may have the names — Scherzer, Verlander — but the A’s have the wins behind a pair of young guns: rookie Sonny Gray shut out the Tigers Saturday night and second-year “veteran” Jarrod Parker held them to just three runs Monday. Just one more and they will win their first playoff series since beating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Divisional Series in 2006.
The team that beat Oakland in the 2006 American League Championship Series? Detroit.
The epitaph on the tombstone of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should read. “… until he threw a late interception.”
Is there a more star-crossed quarterback in NFL history? Has there ever been a more prolific thrower than Romo, who, inevitably, commits a turnover at the worst possible time? I don’t know how many talking heads on the various NFL-themed television shows — most former players — said basically the same thing: Romo has incredible talent, but you knew he was going to throw a late pick.
Which is exactly what Romo did in the Cowboys’ 51-48 loss to Denver Sunday.
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