As well as the La Salle (6-2, 2-0) running game performed, the defense was the difference. The Lancers held the Saints’ leading running back, Sidney Gonzalez, to 24 yards on 20 carries. “If our defense plays like they did today, we’ll be fine in league,” Lancers coach Ealar Gallagher said in reference to La Salle’s final two games against league-leading Verbum Dei and Mary Star. “The defense has improved each week,” Gallagher said. “George (Garcia) had some big hits and Andy (Saldana) had some big tackles.” John Piraino scored the lone Saints touchdown with four seconds left in the first half when he caught a 2-yard pass from Muhleka to help pull the Saints within 22-7. Piraino caught four passes for 31 yards. Gallagher said he feels his team needs to limit its penalties to have a solid chance of winning the last two games and the Camino Real League title. “We need a good, intense week of practice,” he said of preparing for Verbum Dei, which last week defeated St. Anthony, 42-0. The Lancers’ Michael Cates caught two passes for 13 yards. “Our front seven was just awesome today,” Gallagher said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week La Salle frustrated St. Anthony quarterback Austin Muhleka all afternoon. Muhleka was intercepted three times and completed only 6 of 22 passes for 92 yards. Andrew Saldana, Matt Maulit and Riley Rettig each had interceptions for La Salle, and Brandon France and Thomas Quigley had sacks. The Lancers also had 11 tackles for losses on Saints running plays. La Salle’s Dexter Bryant was solid as usual with 98 yards rushing on 14 carries and five catches for 54 yards. Quarterback George Colton scored on touchdown runs of 13 and 7 yards and connected with Edwin Scott on a 27-yard scoring strike. Colton finished 8 of 11 for 94 yards. PASADENA — Nathan Bury rushed for three touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead the La Salle High School football team to a 42-7 Camino Real League victory over visiting St. Anthony. The Lancers’ junior fullback scored on runs of 21, 26 and 2 yards and gained 90 yards on only nine carries.