Christian Pride was able to hang on in the end and defeat Ripon Christian, 35-28, Saturday at the Grape Bowl
|Bradshaw Christian - Div VI champs|
In order to secure the win, the Pride had to corral the Section's top overall rusher, Michael Brown. The senior did score all four
of the Knight's touchdowns and registered 147 yards on 27 carries. But that's about seventy yards under his per-game average. He finished the year with an incredible 49 TD's and more than 2800 yards rushing, counting his Saturday total.
On the Pride's first play from scrimmage following the ensueing kickoff, running back Jakoby Hawkins had the ball ripped from his hands and was recovered by Jake Schollenber at the Pride 44. However, the Bradshaw defense stopped the Knights in their tracks, getting the ball back on downs after Billy Marrs pass for Casey Kamper sailed over his head on a fourth-and six at the Pride 40 with 4:36 left in the game.
The Pride are defending champs in that sport, too.
-Don't be surprised if the larger schools in the southern half of the Section try to modify the football playoff system, again. There are grumblings that their playoff teams are being eliminated in the first and second round of the playoffs by teams from the northern half of the Section, particularly in Divisions I and II.
Some are reportedly wanting to return to a type of a bracket that insures a south school in all divisions play for a Section title against a representative from the northern half of the Section.
That's the way it was for many years until the current playoff system in football was instituted in 2009.
-This year in Division I all semi-finalists were members of the Delta River League. Folsom will take on Oak Ridge, the DRL's first and second place team, respectively, will play for the D-I title Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hornet Stadium.
Friday night, the Div-II championship game will be played. Kick off between Del Oro and Elk Grove will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Division III and IV games will be played Saturday at Lincoln High School in Stockton, mainly because those games involve teams from the south Section.
-Amazing that Sacramento High School is the second oldest high school west of the Mississippi yet, this year was the first time since the Section has been in existence that the Dragons won a playoff game in football. And, this fall they've won three post-season games, hoping for a fourth. They'll play against Manteca Saturday for the Div. III championship.
-St. Francis placed three runners among the top 20 to lead the team to a ninth-place finish overall Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
“We knew our team would show up well prepared,” said assistant coach Mason Myers. “The girls had two weeks since our last race to mentally prepare. Lauren, Miranda and Madison all had huge PRs on this course. It was very exciting.”
St. Francis joined team winner Great Oak as the only two teams to place three runners among the top 25. Great Oak won the overall title with 76 points, followed by Davis (149), Trabucco Hills (154), Capistrano Valley (157) and Clovis North (188) in the top five. St. Francis was ninth overall with 221 points, recording their third straight top ten finish at the state championships.
Senior Lauren LaRocco led the team as she has done all season, placing sixth overall in 17:26 to earn medalist honors.