Football: All-TCAL Team Named. Noah Righetti, Kahlil
Hodge,Coach Franks Get Top Honors
Righetti, was named TCAL MVP and Khalil Hodge, the nation’s
leading tackler, was the Defensive Player of the Year.
CoachTony Franks was named Coach of the Year.
and Shane McDermott were Offensive and Defensive Linemen of
the Year, respectively.
first-team offensive picks were Marcell Spady, Popo Aumavae
and Demetrius Ferguson, First-team Defensive picks were
Myles Cunningham, Cutler Salmon, Daniel Montijo, Lazarus
Ford, Javonte Norman and Nicholas Hall.
offensive picks were Stephen Gudino, Dewey Cotton and
Jarrett Carl. Second-team defensive picks were Dwight
Jackson and Kodi Thruston.
mention picks were Justin Mills, Keaton Hampton, Mosi
Robbins, Karsten Lee and David Corralejo, Tracy's Nick
Tobeck and Zach Aguilar.
Football: Section Championship
Game: Grant 21, St. Mary's 14
The Rams were within striking distance to tie the game,
after Grant went ahead with less than 2 minutes remaining in
one of the best football contests in recent memory at CSU
Sacramento Hornet's stadium. They could not find the end
zone and, with 10 seconds left, the Grant quarterback took a
knee to end the game.
The 2014 Rams team was one to remember for its players and
what they achieved. Congratulations on an a excellent
season. You made us proud!
Article 1: "For St. Mary’s football, it was difficult
to see beyond the pain. The Rams lost 21-14 to the Grant
Pacers in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship
game Friday night at Sacramento State.
St. Mary’s took a lead to start the second half, and had a
chance to tie it late, but in front of raucous
visitors’-side stands, just couldn’t finish. Still, coach
Tony Franks had a lingering message for his departing
“The most important thing in what we do is the relationships
that we have with one another. It’s the grind, it’s the
battle, it’s the process and it’s the experience,” Franks
said. “The final outcome feels wonderful if you win it, and
it hurts like heck if you don’t. The hurt will go away with
time, and the relationships will linger and last.”
Friday’s game got off to an ominous start, as rain that had
been forecasted since late afternoon came in droves,
beginning with a sprinkle in warm-ups and continuing with a
downpour through the first quarter.
Neither team scored in that opening period, but played a
back-and-forth game that ended with a St. Mary’s incomplete
pass with less than 20 seconds left.
“I’ve got to give everybody love, this is a special season
that I’m never going to forget,” Rams senior Dwight Jackson
said. “We got here, but next time we’ve just got to win it.”
St. Mary’s finished the season 12-2, and went on an
undefeated run through its league. The Rams won difficult
playoff games at home against Rocklin and at Elk Grove in
“I’m proud of our football team,” Franks said."
Later in life, Khalil Hodge will look back on his senior
season at St. Mary’s with a smile. But minutes after it
ended with a championship defeat, the hurt was overwhelming
The Rams had a chance to
at least tie the
Sacramento- Grant Pacers in the final minute of the
Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game Friday
night, but couldn’t finish. And with that, Grant won its
seventh section championship, topping St. Mary’s 21-14 at
Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
Hodge, a Rams
linebacker and the nation’s tackles leader, had wanted
nothing more than to end his career by getting a
championship ring. “I’m going to remember this loss,
honestly. To be blunt, it’s going to hurt for awhile,” he
said. “We had a lot of great games, I wouldn’t have wanted
it with any other team.”
No. 1 Grant
(14-0) scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with less
than 2 minutes to go, capping a 67-yard drive with a 1-yard
bootleg run from quarterback Donovan Brown. The Pacers and
Rams traded turnovers on back-to-back drives just to give
Grant the football in the f rst place. St. Mary’s Daniel
Montijo recovered a Grant fumble, and on the next play, the
Pacers’ Eddie Ward fell on a botched handoff .
stopping Grant’s up-the-middle game, St. Mary’s couldn’t
stop Brown’s speed on the edge on
“They had the ability to go outside, we knew that. And it’s
a play that they run,” St. Mary’s coach Tony Frank said.
“They were able to execute, we knew they were going to get
some plays. We were, I think, a play short.”
Mary’s (12-2) had a final gasp, as quarterback Noah Righetti
hit wide receiver Demetrius
Ferguson for a
44-yard gain and a first down to Grant’s 6. The Rams
momentarily thought the game was lost on a fourth-down
incompletion, but a defensive pass interference kept it
Two plays later,
a potential season-saving touchdown pass to Dewey Cotton was
called back on an off ensive pass interference. And on
fourth and goal from the 17, Righetti’s final pass as a Ram
Ferguson, asenior, opened the second half in incredible
fashion, weaving around the field for a 94-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown. …
“Just one play
here or there, you can look back and see it that way. I’m
awful proud of our team,” Franks said. “We got here to this
point and battled our tails off and overcame some adversity
and crazy weather to start the game off .” …
scored) Righetti responded with a 1-yard keeper on
4th-andgoal for a score. Kodi Thruston came up huge for the
Rams late in the rst half, blocking a field goal and
intercepting Grant’s Brown.…
paced the Rams with 44 rushing yards. Righetti went 9 of 20
with 129 yards with an
and was sacked twice. Ferguson was St. Mary’s top receiver,
with four catches for 78 yards.
fellow stunned seniors, like Justin Mills and Myles
Cunningham, simply crouched down and stared straight ahead
after the game. But, Franks said, that’s only temporary.
“The most important thing
in what we do is
the relationships that we have with one another. It’s the
grind, it’s the battle, it’s the process and it’s the
experience,” Franks said. “The final outcome feels wonderful
if you win it, and it hurts like heck if you don’t. The hurt
will go away with time, and the relationships will linger
RamStats: 0 7 7 0 — 14; Righetti 1 run (Hall kick);
Ferguson 94 kick return (Hall kick) Record: 12-2,
Football: Rams’ Salmon commits to
Cutler Salmon, a St. Mary’s football senior and defensive
lineman, verbally committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
after having dinner with Mustangs coach Tim Walsh at
Salmon’s home in Stockton Thursday.
Salmon, who has 71 tackles this season, recovered a fumble
in the Rams’ section semifinal win at Elk Grove Friday.
Besides the location, the coaching staff and the school
itself - where Salmon will major in forestry - both of his
parents went to Cal Poly. His father Chip Salmon played
defensive end for the football team and competed in rodeo.
“The best thing is you know you have a place to go,” said
Salmon, who will receive
a full-ride scholarship. “It makes senior year a lot easier
Football: Sac-Joaquin Playoffs: St.
Mary's 23, Elk Grove 15
The Rams took on the Thundering Herd in a game where they
were again considered the underdog and beat their hosts
23-15 to advance to the Division 2 Championship Game on
Friday, December 5th at 7:30 PM at Sacramento States Hornet
Football: Kahlil Hodge Leads USA in
SM linebacker Kahlil Hodge is the national leader in tackles
with 222 tackles prior to the semi-final game against Elk
Football: Sac-Joaquin Playoffs: St. Mary's 56, Rocklin 14
The Rams will appear in theSac-Joaquin Playoff semi-finals
against Elk Grove after overwhelming the Rocklin Thunder 56
– 14 at Sanquinetti Field in the Thompson Sports Complex at
St. Mary’s. The Rams defense forced five turnovers and
Marcell Spady scored 4 touchdowns in the win.
The Record reported: “We knew this could be our last game,
and we knew for sure this would be our last game at St.
Mary’s,” Rams senior linebacker Khalil Hodge, the tackles
leader in California said. “We had to leave a mark. No
option. That was just our final decision.”
Hodge contributed with an interception of the Thunder
quarterback on the first possession of the second half. A
pass by Noah Righetti’s was picked off in the end zone, but
the Rams got the ball back whend efensive lineman Shane
McDermott batted a pass from the Thunder quarterback into
the air that Dwight Jackson intercepted. This led to one of
Marcell Spady’s touchdowns and a 35-14 lead. After that
Spady had touchdown runs of 8, 16 and 4 yards.
Stephen Gudino took a pass on a 3rd and 10 from 46 yards,
leaping in the air to beat out the Thunder
defender for the catch and, what The Record described as a
“theatrical touchdown” Guidino ended with four catches for
The play of the evening, however was made by Tavonne Johnson
who took a handoff right, and after nearly being tackled,
kept his knee from scraping the turf, popped up and sprinted
45 yards to the score, leaving stunned Thunder defenders
Righetti dazzled with a 71-yard touchdown to Javonte Norman
on a streak for the first half ’s final score.
Justin Mills intercepted the Thunder’s quarterback, Kodi
Thruston had the Rams’ fourth and final pick in the fourth
quarter and Myles Cunningham added a forced fumble, which a
Righetti finished 11 of 19 with 262 yards, three touchdowns
and a pick, and converted passes to six different receivers.
The Record article went on to state “With the Rams gathered
around him after the win, Franks said he was happy to be
practicing on Thanksgiving once again. And his players’
deafening response echoed that message. “We’re going to make
a big deal out of it,” Franks said. “This is a great group
of young men that are playing really well together. I want
to just keep playing, we’re having fun.”
RamStats: 7 21 14 14 — 56. Gudino 46 pass from Righetti (Hall
kick); Johnson 45 run (Hall kick); Gudino 28 pass from
Righetti (Hall kick); Norman 71 pass from Righetti (Hall
kick); Spady 2 run (Hall kick); Spady 1 run (Hall kick);
Spady 16 run (Hall kick); Spady 4 run (Hall kick)
Player Lexi Irving On Television
Lexi Irvine who plays as a receiver for the Ram Freshman
football team was featured on the CBS31 morning show. The
interview can be seen in the following
Football: Kahlil Hodge Leads in
SM linebacker Kahlil Hodge is the states leader in tackles
averaging 18.8 tackles per game.
Football: St. Mary's 55, River Valley 12
From the start, the Rams dominated the Falcons at Sanquinetti
Field at the Thompson Sports Complex at St. Mary’s High
St. Mary’s dominant offensive line allowed Noah Righetti the
luxury of being able to make excellent passes and even
opened a path for him to score on a long run from
scrimmage. Righetti also threw for 344 yards, averaging
38.2 yards per completion, and five touchdowns, to as the
Rams blew out visiting Yuba City-River Valley 55-12 in a
first-round Sac Joaquin Section Division II playoff game.
The win has them facing Rocklin at home in the second round
St. Mary’s had Three receivers catch passes for more than
100 yards with Demetrius Ferguson having two catches for
108 yards, both resulting in touchdowns of 35 and 73 yards
respectively; Keaton Hampton catching three for 109 yards,
including a 59-yard score; and Stephen Gudino making three
catches for 125 yards, including touchdowns of 50 and 61
The Rams also got a special teams touchdown with sophomore
Dewey Cotto, all 5-foot-4, 145-pounds of him, returning a
punt 78 yardsn the first quarter.
Noel Righetti told The Record: “That punt return really got
us going. We started a bit slowly, but that gave us a push
and then we picked things up offensively.
Football Senior Night Photos
Football: St. Mary's 45, Lincoln 14
Finishing an unbeaten TCAL season and rightfully claiming
the league championship, the Rams,fired up by Javonte
Norman's blocked field goal and a safety on the kickoff to
open the third quarter, routed the Trojans 45-14 at
Sanguinetti Stadium in the Thompson Sports Complex at St.
Mary's. It was the 11th consecutive time St. Mary's has
beaten Lincoln and this season Rams have the Troans by 171
points combined this year.
Quoted in The Record Javante Norman commented on his
performance in the game: “My warm-up was bad, everything
was bad. Before the half, I just told myself, ‘I’ve got to
kick it up a notch.’ I just found it in my heart to go
full-speed and block the kick.”
The game began with strong efforts on both parts as the Rams
early 14-0 lead became a tie with the Trojans scoring the
only two touchdowns they would have for the night. That was
when Javonte's fire began burning bright and St. Mary's went
The Rams opened the game with a 10-play, 79-yard drive
capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Noah Righetti to
Stephen Gudino. St. Mary’s forced a three-and-out, got the
ball back, and Righetti found Gudino for another touchdown —
this time on a 39-yard seam route as they took their first
The Rams took the lead back on Marcell Spady’s 3-yard
touchdown run late in the first half, and held off a Lincoln
drive into their territory with Norman’s huge play. In the
second half, after Norman scored a safety, Spady plunged
into the end zone on 4th and goal from the 1. Spady added
his third touchdown of the day on a 25-yard run, to cap his
27-carry, 153-yard performance. Righetti found a leaping
Demetrius Ferguson for a 7-yard fade pass and touchdown to
finish the Rams’ scoring. Righetti finished 12-of-19 passing
with 149 yards and three TDs.
St. Mary’s is in Sac-Joaquin Section Division II bracket
for playoffs which will be released today.
Football: St. Mary's 56, Lodi 10
Halloween brought only treats to the Rams as they jumped to
a 20-0 lead before giving Lodi an opportunity to score on
the way to a St. Mary's 56-10 win over Lodi.
Although the Rams suffered a two tipped passes and three
fumbles in the first half, one of which resulted in a score
for Lodi, the St. Mary's defense did an excellent job in
limiting the Flames ability to take advantage of the
From The Record: "For the most part we were fine and
executed," Franks said. "We had some disastrous plays on
some bobbled deep balls that gave them a chance. You get a
little frustrated with those things, but we settled in and I
thought the defense started out great."
The Rams were led by Marcell Spady. Spady, who finished
with 71 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. St. Mary's
outgained Lodi 414-215 and got 188 yards passing from Noah
Righetti. He completed 12-of-15 passes and had two
touchdowns to Demetrius Ferguson, who had three catches for
Football: St. Mary's 49, Tracy 29:
Marcell Spady. Spady, a senior running back scored the Rams’
final touchdown late in the fourth quarter, sealing a 49-29
Tri-City Athletic League win Friday at Wayne Schneider
Stadium. Spady had 23 carries for a game-high 127 yards and
St. Mary’s (7-1, 3-0 TCAL) struck early, when senior
quarterback Noah Righetti hit sophomore wide receiver Keaton
Hampton for a 30-yard touchdown on a slant. Hampton had
three catches for 83 yards, all touchdowns, and fellow
sophomore Dewey Cotton had six catches for 124 yards, plus a
9-yard touchdown run.
Spady and Cotton both scored before halftime. St. Mary’s
forced four turnovers total, as Norman, Khalil Hodge and
Kodi Thruston had interceptions. Righetti finished 12-of-16
passing for 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception,
and tailback Nate Jones powered Tracy with 16 carries for
St. Mary’s is alone atop the TCAL after Friday, as Tokay
stunned Lincoln with a last-second field goal. That means
the Rams can clinch a share of a league championship next
week against Lodi, and an outright crown Nov. 7 against
Football: Homecoming: St. Mary's
32, Tokay 0
Giving the Homecoming crowd a game to remember, the Rams
obliterated the Tigers, shutting them out 32-0 in a game
that saw two Tokay players ejected in the third quarter.
One of the longest marches in SM history, a 21-play
sequence the Rams executed against Tokay, was capped when
quarterback Noah Righetti found Keaton Hampton, who ended
the wide open in the Tokay secondary and connecting with him
for a 21-yard touchdown. Hampton had 8 catches, 94 yards;
Dewey Cotton and Ontario Johnson had touchdown receptions of
23 and 52 yards, respectively. St. Mary's finished with 411
yards of offense, including 168 rushing. Brandon Zaunbrecher
led the Rams with 44 yards on 16 carries filling in for
injured starter Marcell Spady. Nicholas Hall converted a
29-yard field goal and Javonte Norman caught a 19-yard
touchdown pass. Myles Cunningham and Andy Le each sacked the
Tokay quarterback in the 32-0 shutout..
RamStats: 8 14 3 7 - 32; Cotton 23 pass from Righetti
(Cotton pass from Righetti); Hampton 21 pass from Righetti
(Hall kick); Johnson 52 pass from Righetti (Hall kick); FG
29 Hall; Norman 19 pass from Righetti (Hall kick) Record:
Football: St. Mary's 46, West 14
St. Mary's defense took advantage of West's turnovers
allowing the Rams offense to overwhelm the Wolfpack as the
Rams' beat West 46-14 while rolling up 348 yards in a TCAL
win at the Wolfpack's stadium.
In the first half,a roughing the kicker penalty was
followed by two fumble recoveries by lineman Myles
Cunningham that set up a pair of 14-yard touchdown runs by
Noah Righetti Righetti ended up scoring five touchdowns
with the other three coming on a 1-yard run, a 15-yard
scoring pass on the last play of the first quarter to
Stephen, and on a 14-yard pass to Ontario Johnson.
Righetti was 11 of 17 for 163 yards. Keaton Hampton had
three receptions for 63 yards, Marcell Spady had 16 carries
for 143 yards and a 4-yard touchdown and Brandon Zaunbrecher
came off the bench in the second half to gain 48 yards on
six carries with a 1-yard touchdown.
RamStats: 12 20 7 7 –46; Righetti 1 run (kick failed);
Gudino 15 pass from Righetti (run failed); Johnson 14 pass
from Righetti (Hall kick); Righetti 14 run (Hall kick);
Righetti 14 run (kick failed)l Spady 4 run (Hall kick)[
Zaunbrecher 1 run (Hall kick). Record: 5-1, 1-0 TCAL.
Football: St. Mary's 45, Buhach
Khalil Hodge stopped Buhach Colony's aball carrier on the
first play of the game, then two plays later he did it
again. Hodge set the tone for the Rams defensive play the
entire game, including stopping the Thunder at the goal line
with four successive defensive plays.
Javonte Norman's interception with a return to the Buhach
30, se up St. Mary’s first touchdown. Demetrius Ferguson,
who earlier scored on a 10-yard sweep to give the Rams a 6-2
lead, produced a highlight play on the final play of the
With his offensive line providing protection, quarterback
Noah Righetti had time to allow Ferguson to get 30 yards
downfield and evade one of three defenders assigned him.
Righetti threw a rainbow to the goal line and Ferguson went
up to grab the ball, before landing in the end zone.that
gave St. Mary’s a 19-2 lead, and it quickly ballooned to
32-2 when Marcell Spady ran for two TDs within the first 2
minutes of the second half. His second score was set up by a
Buhach fumble, caused by a jarring hit.
The Rams went on to win 45-30. Record 4-1.
Los Gatos: St. Mary's 35, Los Gatos
The Rams provided an exciting evening of football and
overcame not only a late surge by the Wildcats, but a
number of calls that made the crowd less than happy,
including a clear touchdown that was disallowed on the basis
of a St. Mary's player being out of bounds when the scoring
pass was caught that video footage disclosed was not true.
Los Gatos built a 10-point lead on the St. Mary's but the
Rams battled back with two touchdowns apiece by Demetrius
Ferguson and Marcell Spady.to gain the lead in the fourth
quarter, while fighting off a late dramatic rally in the
closing minutes when
recovered a fumble by the Wildcats quarterback at the
2 yard line in the closing seconds to seal the the 35-32
St. Mary’s took
the lead for good after Demetrius Ferguson faked a punt near
midf eld and rushed to the Wildcats' 10 to set up Marcell
Spady’s 5-yard run for a 35-25 lead with 5:01 left in the
RamStats: 0 15 7 13 35; Righetti 7 pass from
Ferguson (Stephen Gudino run); Ferguson 10 pass from
Righetti (Jumaoas kick); Ferguson 35 pass from Righetti (Jumaoas
kick); Spady 11 run (Jumaoas kick); Spady 6 run (PAT
failed). Record: 3-1
Football: St. Ignatius 27, St
Mary’s 24 OT
Although leading 14-7 at halftime, the Rams were forced into
overtime by St. Ignatius during which Jack Delucchi kicked a
field goal to put St. Mary’s ahead. However, the Rams were
intercepted in their next possession which allowed St.
Ignatius to fight back, finally sealing it with their own
field goal to hand the Rams a tough loss.
RamStats: 7 7 0 7 3 0 – 24; Righetti 43 run (Delucchi
kick); Gudino 3 pass from Righetti (Delucchi kick); Righetti
31 run (Delucchi kick); SM - Delucchi 19 FG; SM - Delucchi
23 FG Record: 2-1.
Daniel Montuo Featured In The Record
Senior Daniel Montuo was featured in The
Record for his musical and athletic
abilities. A tough, no-no-nonsense
football player averaging 5 tackles per
game, Daniel is a self0taught piano
player who has developed into a great
piano player to the delight of the St.
Mary’s High School community. Daniel
plays regularly at the school Masses and
exhibits his football talents as an
inside linebacker for the Rams.
More from The
Football: St. Mary's 18, Central
The Holy Bowl between St. Mary's and Central Catholic is
known for its friendly rivalry, but more for its excitement,
and this year was no exception. With the score in the
Raider's favor the Rams won in final minute on Neal
Righetti's bootleg around the right end for a 6-yard
touchdown Friday to lift the Rams to an 18-13 victory. .
According to The Record: “Given a final opportunity,
Righetti hit Ferguson with a 13-yard pass on fourth-and-12,
then Marcell Spady ran the ball inside the 10. With 40
seconds left, Righetti was given the opportunity to call the
play in the huddle. “(Central) was calling out '57, 57,’ and
I had seen them shift over earlier in the game when they
called that,” said Righetti, noting that ‘57’ is the Rams’
sweep play. “I told coach about it, and he said to call the
play I wanted.” So, while the Rams gave the appearance of
running the sweep to the right, bringing much of Central’s
defense with them, Righetti ran right and followed a key
block by receiver Stephen Gudino into the end zone for the
RamStats: 0 12 0 6 — 18 SM—Spady 20 run (kick failed)
SM—Ferguson 21 pass from Righetti (pass
failed) SM—Righetti 6 run (pass failed) Record: 2-0
Men’s Soccer: Tokay 6, St. Mary’s 0
Playing in TCAL action at St. Mary’s, Michael Valencia, the
Rams were not able to contain the Tigers, losing 2-0.
Record: 0-2 TCAL)
Football: St. Mary’s 34, Cardinal
In the opening game of the 2014-15 season, the Rams plucked
the Cardinals for three shut-out quarters before allowing
Cardinal Neman to score in the fourth quarter, as St. Mary’s
rolled to a 35-14 win on the back of phenomenal defense who
put pressure on the Cardinal quarterback on every play.
St. Mary’s (1-0) forced a three-and-out and drove into
Cardinal Newman territory on its fi rst possession. Facing a
fourth-and-15, quarterback Noah Rigetti found wide receiver
Javonte Norman for a 31-yard touchdown on a seam route.
Norman leaped up to grab the pass and sprinted into the end
zone , a portend of things to come.
Demetrius Ferguson came next with a 45-yard gain on a
slant, followed by tailback Marcell Spady, who plowed in
for a 1-yard touchdown. Spady had 14 carries for a game-high
117 yards and three touchdowns.
Ferguson finished with four catches for 80 yards, while
Righetti went 7-of-13 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown
in an excellent tune up for next week’s Holy Bowl against
RamStats 7 15 7 6 —35 Scoring summary: Norman 31 pass from
good); Spady 1 run (Norman pass from Righetti); Spady 36 run
(kick good) ; Spady 6 run (kick good); Zaunbrecher 16 run
(kick failed) Record: 1-0.