The battle for the West Catholic Athletic League football title could go down to the final week.

That's due in part to St. Ignatius finishing league play with games against Bellarmine College Prep, Serra and Archbishop Mitty in the final three weeks of the season.

The Wildcats stamped themselves as a factor in the race with a 42-28 win last weekend at Valley Christian.

Everyone around the WCAL knew about St. Ignatius quarterback Jack Stinn, the WCAL junior of the year last season.

But the statement St. Ignatius made against Valley Christian was on the ground. Junior running back Elijah Dale carried 39 times for 211 yards as St. Ignatius dominated time of possession throughout the game, running 69 plays to 47 for the Warriors.

Stinn completed 10 of 20 passes for 216 yards and also rushed for 48 yards and two TDs

"We didn't see the ball much," Valley Christian coach Mike Machado said. "They have a lot of guys back, have great leadership."

  • St. Francis has not allowed a point in its past eight quarters and its quarterback, Mike Lauck, just had the school's first 300-yard passing game since 1969. But will the Lancers contend for the title in the ultracompetitive WCAL?

    They'll start to find out Friday when the play host to Valley Christian. After that, the Lancers face St. Ignatius and then Bellarmine. They close the season against Mitty and Serra.