It was fairly plausible that after 40 minutes of scoreless football Saturday between Salesian and St. Mary's High, the battle between the two foes would come down to a fluke play.

Salesian junior quarterback Dominic Parella was surprised after a miscommunication on the snap but had the presence of mind to shuffle the ball to De'Angelo Hernandez on the wing. The senior running back did most of the rest, scoring the game's first touchdown on a 29-yard play with 5:01 remaining and Salesian proceeded to win 14-3.

The play turned the tide for the Pride (4-4, 1-3 Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division) in an emotional homecoming victory. Sophomore wideout Dakota Shepard-Creer sprung Hernandez on the scoring play, providing a key block.

St. Mary's (4-3, 1-2) led 3-0 on a 22-yard field goal by David Hernandez with 8:10 left. Salesian got the ball back on an interception of quarterback Ian Bonde by junior defensive back Prentiss Reid.

Salesian added another touchdown when junior linebacker Vegas Shackleford scooped up a fumble by Bonde and raced 35 yards for the final touchdown as the time ran out on the clock and the Panthers.

Lorenzo Logwood led St. Mary's with 107 yards on 30 carries. Salesian, likewise, depended on Hernandez, who was battling a high ankle sprain.

Hernandez finished with 118 yards on 18 carries. He had 29 yards on five carries at the intermission, but turned it on in the second half, most specifically the fourth quarter.


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TCAL-Rock Salesian 14, St. Mary's 3

St. Mary's          0          0          0          3--          3

Salesian          0          0          0          14--          14

SM -- David Hernandez 22 FG

Sal -- De'Angelo Hernandez 29 run (Stern kick)

Sal -- Shackleford 35 fumble recovery (Stern kick)

Rushing: SM -- Logwood 30-107, Philip 3-17, Grace 1-14, Mahone-Chambers 1-(-2), Bonde 4-(-23). Totals 39-113. Sal -- De'Angelo Hernandez 18-113, Harvey 7-39, Hillary 9-18, Toailoa 6-15, Carr 2-4, Reid 1-0, Conner 1-(-1). Totals 44-189. Passing: SM -- Bonde 8-24-1 107. Sal -- Parella 5-19-3 46. Receiving: SM -- Godfrey 3-60, Schrider 1-22, Philip 2-14, Smith 1-7, Mahone-Chambers 1-4. Sal -- Shephard-Creer 3-22, Harvey 1-12, Reid 1-8, Hayes 1-4. Fumbles/lost: St. Mary's -- 2/2; Salesian -- 0/0. Records: St. Mary's 4-3, 1-2 TCAL-Rock; Salesian 4-4, 1-3.