SAN FRANCISCO – A noisy crowd screamed under the lights of the historic Caesar Stadium on Saturday night. Their Fightin ‘Irish has just gone down in history.
Holy Heart Cathedral won its first CIF title in school history with a 48:29 victory over Northview in the CIF 4-A state championship game.
“I’m just enjoying the stage,” head coach Barry McLaughlin said as he sank into the festive icy water his team poured on him after the win. “Great for the city, great for the Cathedral of the Holy Heart. I’m enjoying it now. It will hit me someday. ”
This season, the new state champions didn’t enjoy the moment. They started the season 0-5, their record on the field was a better team than shown on paper as close losses accumulated. The Irish felt the change of winds in their victories against Bellarmine and fierce rival St. Ignatius.
“After Bruce-Mahoney, we won back-to-back and started to win as a team,” said back and midfielder Jerry Mixon Jr.
At Saturday’s points, the Irish couldn’t get out of their way. A storm of penalties clouded the game; Sacred Heart was fined a whopping 98 yards in the first half, including a personal foul for calling McClofflin for interfering with officials by a SH bench. A call back from wide receiver Bruce Upereza’s 72-yard shot in the second quarter could have opened the floodgates early.
“They made a mistake in the decision,” McClofflin said. “I was almost sent off in the first half and I didn’t do anything, but – at one point (this season) we had 10 shots, so we’re used to calling back big games. We will continue to walk with him. ”
The Fighting ‘Irish’ did very well across the flying yellow flags and responded with a 55-yard shot from North Senior Bruce Uperesa in a 70-yard shot and a one-yard shot by Ronald Tebo Jr. of Northwest to score 6: Reached 6 p.m. start
Quarterback Ray-John Spears was full of big shots on Saturday, including a series of touchdown passes to RJ Miller. One is a 46-yard reception, the other is 35 yards ahead of the Holy Heart 20-6.
With the help of a bit of a penalty, Northview converted a two-goal game to 20-20 in an 11-yard reception by Eric Saiz and a 49-yard reception by Tebo. In the half, Spears saved a dangerous Russell Wilson-specific scramble and a late drive that ended with Aiden Shea in the middle for a third down conversion. A point kick by Brian Coyle (after a penalty) put the Sacred Heart ahead 27-20 in the half.
“That’s what brings us to the top, their ability to always play,” McClofflin said. “Whether it’s low or far, their protection is great.”
The Vikings and Ireland exchanged touches to start the second half; At Uperesa’s 51-yard reception, the Holy Heart and Saiz’s 47-yard emergency shot put Northview in third place between 34-26.
With a pass against the Holy Heart and a face mask bell, Northwood almost threatened the lead until the Vikings scored a penalty in the fourth inning, forcing them to score on the field.
“The defense was always stopping them,” Keyshk said. “It made a difference.”
Although Fightin ‘Irish stopped the game with a 17-yard shot six minutes before the end of the game – a score of 41-29 – the Vikings found life on a fourth penalty in the Sacred Heart area. . After another penalty, the Vikings finished 4th and finished 11th at the end of the season.
Midfielder James Arellanes threw him to the receiver on the sideline, but defender Mixon had already sniffed the game.
“The first time they performed the same show, then I saw the coordinator call that show, so I read it and jumped in,” Mixon said.
Mixon stopped him and played six games. His team runs down the sidelines with him. They created the history of the Holy Heart.
Spears had 15-for-22 and five touchdowns in the playoffs for 300 yards. Miller averaged 108 yards and three touchdowns in four receptions. Uperesa caught four passes and touchdowns for 104 yards.
Cheo Medina, who came into the game with 1,876 yards and 18 touchdowns for Northview, took the lion’s share of the back run, but only averaged 45 yards in 18 carries, although he had 89 yards and a receiving tag.