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December 7, 2013
Friday Football Recap
Though it won't be official until Sunday, Serra and Del Oro likely punched regional bowl tickets on Friday night with section titles. See how each earned wins, including a 19 point fourth quarter comeback for the Golden Eagles and the first Open Division title for the Padres.
On a night where points and yards came at a premium, Serra used a fast paced offense in the second half to run past Mitty 21-7 for the program's first CCS Open Division title. It is the second section title in three years for the Padres. The win likely secures a Division I regional bowl bid.
"It feels good. There has been a lot of suffering moments. We've had a lot of tough losses in this Open Division," Serra head coach Patrick Walsh said. "This is a historic school win. It's for all those Serra Padres. There's nothing like the Serra Padre brotherhood."
After giving up a 74 yard touchdown run around left end to Mitty junior Dakari Monroe, Serra came back with an 80 yard drive capped by a 30 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Fa'aita to Hamilton Anoa'i. Following an interception by Vince Camp, Fa'aita scored on a one yard dive to give Serra its first lead of the game at 14-7 with 10:52 left in the game.
"We had the opportunity to get things going. We didn't score down there, but you could see that things were going and we found our niche," Walsh said of picking up tempo. "Mitty made some great adjustments from the first game that kept us off balance in the first half."
Kevin McGee finished the scoring with a two yard run as Serra tallied 142 rushing yards. Fa'aita had 217 passing yards, including 114 yards from Easop Winston.
Outside of the 74 yard run from Monroe, Mitty had one play of more than 10 yards on a halfback pass. The Monarchs were without starting quarterback Trent Scharrenberg, who was out with a hand injury.
Mitty finishes the year 11-2 with a pair of losses to the Padres. Douglas Benton
Del Oro stages three score comeback
A defensive battle played between two teams that scrimmaged in the heat of August and settled it in the wind and rain of December. Despite Elk Grove dominating the action on the field, Del Oro erased a 19-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Elk Grove 20-19. The win should extend the Golden Eagles' season for at least another week into the regional bowls.
Elk Grove broke out early as Wadus Parker had two touchdown runs of one and 37 yards in the first quarter. The weather was a factor all night and hurt Del Oro when they were going into the wind and were forced to punt in the battle for field position. The Golden Eagles managed to withstand the early domination by Elk Grove and get to halftime only down 13-0. The Thundering Herd got on the board first in the second half with 61 yard run by Spencer Sheff and again missed the extra point to take a 19-0 lead.
With 6:56 left in the game, Del Oro quarterback Michael Moore hit wide receiver Trey Udoffia on a 10 yard strike to get the Golden Eagles on the board. After a recovered onside kick, Moore hooked up with Udoffia again for 11 yards to make the score 19-13. Del Oro chose to kick it deep and play defense with a little more than four minutes to play. It appeared that Elk Grove would run the clock out as big third down runs by Manny Scott-Anderson kept the chains and the clock moving. With the ball at midfield, Elk Grove fumbled and it was recovered by Del Oro.
The Golden Eagles marched down the field and scored with 1:06 left to play on a middle screen to Dylan Kainrath from the 5 yard line and he walked in. The extra point made it 20-19 and after Del Oro held on downs the comeback was complete.
The key to the game was Moore keeping plays alive in the fourth quarter with his legs as he bought time for his receivers to get open and avoiding the sack. Kainrath finished with 129 rushing yards
"Michael was getting pressured early and was rattled, but we told him he just had to find away and he did," Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said. "This is 48 minutes and may not be pretty, but if we continue to grind we will find a way." Michael Benton