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Priory's state-leading football win streak ends at 20

 

For the past three weeks, the Priory football team has been in the spotlight with the state's longest winning streak. The number of consecutive victories was 20, until this past weekend.

Now, the Panthers don't care who has the spotlight because it's no longer on them. Stuart Hall took care of that with a resounding 58-30 triumph on Saturday at Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Not only did the loss end Priory's win streak at 20, but it knocked the Panthers out of a tie for first place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.

Trinity Christian of Monterey now sits atop the eight-man football league with a 5-0 mark (7-1 overall) with Priory and Stuart Hall tied for second at 4-1. Pinewood is next at 3-2.

Priory will host Trinity Christian on Friday at 2:30 p.m., with first place at stake.

Priory suffered its first loss in three seasons despite holding a 16-6 lead. At halftime, the Panthers were trailing, 24-16.

"Bailey Marsheck went down in the second quarter with a non-contact knee injury," Priory coach Doug Sargent said of his starting running back. "We lost several key players throughout the game."

Sargent said the biggest issue for his team was its inability to contain Stuart Hall's freshman quarterback, Jorim Powell.

"He was very good," said Sargent. "We had them in a long situation several times and they would spread us out and run. Our QB (Max Reines) had a bad throwing day and couldn't get the ball deep to Scotty Harris."

Sargent said his running game stalled without Marsheck and, at one point, the team lost running back Keyshaw Ashord and two-way lineman Garrett Weber.

"They (Stuart Hall) were not big," explained Sargent. "They wre fast and athletic. We did not match up well with them and their overall team speed."

Cross country

Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill clocked 16:41 over a three-mile layout at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday, finishing second in one of two Division IV boys races and helping the Gators take second in the team competition.

SHP's Brett Anstrom was 19th in 17:24, Garrett Mack was 24th in 17:27.9, August Howell 26th in 17:29.2 and Sasha Novitsky 34th in 17:46.2.

Girls water polo

Castilleja tuned up for its showdown for the PAL Bay Division title by handing visiting Los Altos a 7-4 nonleague defeat on Saturday. Alex Zafran led the Gators (13-5) with three goals and Maddy Tarr had five saves in goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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