Van Buren throws for four TDS and the Panthers score 35 first half points in a rout of De La Salle (CA)


Top-ranked St. Frances, which entered this week at No. 19 in the USA Today Super 25, made a big splash on the national stage Friday night, as the Panthers traveled to Concord, CA and dismantled De La Salle (CA), 42-28, before a national television audience on ESPN 2.

St. Frances produced a virtual highlight film in the first half, as it scored 35 points and built a 21-point lead at the half. The biggest star of that show was sophomore quarterback Michael Van Buren, who thew for 250 yards, including four touchdowns.

De Las Salle got off to a good start when when it returned a fumble recovery 74 yards to setup a short touchdown run by AJ Bianchina for a quick 7-0 lead.

St. Frances (3-1) responded in a just few plays as Van Buren connected with Malik Baker for two long gainers before tossing a 10-yard TD pass to Baker to tie the game. It was the start of 35 consecutive points for St. Frances, including three more scoring strikes from Van Buren, before the Spartans managed to score again, late in the first half.

The Panthers extended their lead to 42-14 in the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run from Terron Kellman before De La Salle made the final score a little more respectable with a pair of touchdown runs by Charles Greer

Pictured above: St. Frances’ Jaisham Batham gobbles up De La Salle quarterback Luke Dermon in the third quarter of the Panthers 42-28 win.