Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prep Football: Bishop's and St. Augustine rally to win CIF section titles

CHULA VISTA (12/05/2014) The CIF San Diego Section Championships at DeVore Stadium on the campus of Southwestern College got off to an exciting start as both Friday games went down to the wire.

Division IV Championship
 #8 Bishop's Knights (13-0) 19, Mater Dei Crusaders (8-6) 16 OT.

Bulla Graft rushed for 105 yards, recorded an interception on defense, and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime as Bishop's bounced back from a 10-0 fourth quarter deficit to earn their fifth section title in school history.

Sparking the late comeback was two straight touchdown passes from junior quarterback Griffin Seasman to freshman receiver Mozes Mooney. Their 24-yard connection with 47 seconds left to play gave the Knights a 13-10 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Graft's hit on defenseless Mater Dei receiver Connor Finnestad led to a personal foul penalty, putting Crusaders' kicker Alex Golembiewski in a position to kick a 22-yard field goal and send the game into overtime.

Mooney caught nine passes for 109 yards and two game-saving touchdowns in regulation.

Division I Championship
#10 St. Augustine Saints (8-5) 49, Madison Warhawks (9-4) 42.

Much like their previous regular season meeting, both teams took turns making big plays in a high scoring affair, and once again it was St. Augustine escaping with the victory.

Down 21-14 at the half with the third quarter getting set to start, St. Augustine senior Frank Buncom IV, who missed the second half due to a knee injury, delivered an emotional speech while surrounded by his teammates. With loud music blasting through the stadium speakers, you couldn't hear what the teary eyed Silver Pigskin Award candidate was saying, but it might have provided his team the boost they needed to pull off a hard fought rally in the second half.

After both teams traded touchdowns throughout the third quarter, the Warhawks ended up leading 42-35 to start the fourth.

The Saints defense managed to keep Madison scoreless during the final quarter. A three-yard touchdown run by Francois Sims, who complemented the Saints' ground attack with 43 yards and two scores, tied the game at 42 with 7:02 left to play.

After Madison turned the ball over on downs, senior quarterback Thomas Goodridge led the Saints' offense down the field and found well-covered sophomore receiver Jacob Baker for the eight-yard game-winning touchdown.

Saints junior Elijah Preston ran for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Despite missing two games, he finishes the season with 1,937 yards and 23 touchdowns (25 total). Madison's Isaiah Osborne also had a great night on the ground. The 5-11, 205 pound senior ran for 131 yards and a 51-yard touchdown.

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