St. Ignatius has hands full with explosive Terra Nova offense 

The St. Ignatius and Terra Nova High School football teams are no strangers to winning and doing it on some of the larger stages.

The two meet Saturday at St. Ignatius in a rematch of last year's meeting, which went SI's way 46-26.

"All of our guys played hard throughout the entire game against Marin Catholic," SI coach John Regalia said. "I thought we competed well at times but something we need to work on is being consistent."

SI (0-1) dropped its season opener to Marin Catholic 31-20 and had some early-season hiccups. Regalia said it is just a product of being early in the season.

Senior Joe Lang stepped up in the opener and should play a key role on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats.

"He's a guy who played a lot of defense at corner last week," Regalia said. "He did a pretty good job against a very good receiver at Marin Catholic, he had a very good receiving day. He had a great receiving day on being that guy on the field that can block well, that can stretch the defense, can make great catches."

Terra Nova (1-0) rolls in with a new quarterback and one that looks ready to carry the high-powered Tigers offense.

Junior Anthony Gordon stepped in for his first varsity action last week and threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 45-7 victory at Bishop O'Dowd.

"I think Terra Nova did a great job being able to work their offense and throw the ball," Regalia said. "We have to be prepared for the pass game. For a junior quarterback, he looked very confident, very poised, thought he managed the game well."

The Tigers' receiving crops is also something SI will have to wrangle. Jaylen Jones, Jordan Genato and Dominic Ortisi all had 99 or more yards against Bishop O'Dowd.

"Their receiving corps has good experience, is confident, has a great connection to the quarterback, their routes are real crisp," Regalia said. "It looks like they have a good understanding of where they need to be and what they need to do in their schemes."

SI brings back the anchor to its offense, running back Elijah Dale. The senior had 28 carried for 106 yards against Marin Catholic.

Last season, Dale exploded for 254 yards on 29 carries and five touchdowns against Terra Nova. The Wildcats totaled 507 yards of total offense in last year's meeting.

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