St. Joseph goes out with a win over San Marcos Academy
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Anyone who believes certain numbers contain magical powers should first consult with St. Joseph running back Barclay Proctor.
Proctor, who traded in his No. 7 jersey this week for the supposedly cursed No. 13, bullied his way through the San Marcos Academy defense for a season-high 155 yards on Friday night, leading the Flyers to a convincing 20-7 victory over the Bears at Patti Welder Stadium.
"Nah, I don't believe in any of that junk," Proctor said. "I just wanted to honor teammate Eric Alvarez who wore this number before he got hurt. He's a pretty good player, and I respect him."
Proctor dragged defenders on his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame throughout the contest and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter that tied the game 7-7.
"It's all thanks to my line," said, Proctor, who carried 21 times. "I find my blocking guys out there, and then I just try to have the mindset that nobody's gonna stop me."
Proctor, one of several players that will return next season, helped the St. Joseph (3-7, 3-4) finish a rough season on a positive note in the season and district finale for both teams.
"I feel like this is a good stepping stone for us, moving into the off season, "St. Joseph coach Kevin Auten said. "It gives us some momentum going into the offseason."
After Proctor tied the score, St. Joseph defensive back Clayton Davidson intercepted a Tanner McGill pass on the Bears next possession, which led to a 53-yard Tyler Engelbart field goal.
"That was unbelievable," Auten said.
Fellow kicker John Sardinha added a successful 20-yarder just before the end of the half as St. Joe assumed control, 13-7.
McGill started the game 5 for 5 passing, including a 39-yard scoring toss to Dez Jackson on the game's second play from scrimmage. But Davidson's interception ended McGill's perfect night, and St. Joseph's defense tightened up for the remainder of the half.
San Marcos Academy (4-6, 1-6) attempted to recapture the momentum in the second half, driving 60 yards in 11 plays. But St. Joseph defenders Harrison High and Matt Perez forced a turnover on downs, stopping McGill a yard shy of the first down marker on a fourth-and-six at the Flyers 26.
Dane Guerra later recovered a muffed punt, setting up a six-play, 37-yard Flyers' scoring drive for the only points of the second half. High caught an 11-yard slant from quarterback Jerry Vasquez in the end zone, after the ball bounced off a defender's back in at the goal line.
Neil Zamora, one of several seniors playing in his final game, intercepted McGill in the fourth quarter to end promising drive. In the end, St. Joseph's defense held San Marcos Academy to 188 total yards and forced three turnovers.
"(Winning) gives us something to remember going out," Zamora said. "It was a tough season, but it's not a bad feeling. I'm just glad I got to be out here on the field with my brothers.