SANTA ROSA — Many of the Marin Catholic players remained laying on the ground for several minutes after Cardinal Newman kicker Ethan Kollenborn drilled a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinals the section title.
MC could only watch as its season ended in a 13-10 loss in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game on a rainy Saturday night at Santa Rosa High.
#marinfootball Newman hits game winner in final seconds. pic.twitter.com/MpJDNklyKv
— Derek Arild (@MrArild) December 1, 2019
It was the first time in five tries that Newman (12-1) had beaten the Wildcats in the postseason in a decade, which included MC’s 59-56 victory over the Cardinals in the section final two years ago.
“In those five seconds, you see the make or break of your season,” said MC kicker Javier Martinez, who narrowly missed a 37-yard field goal that would’ve put his team up 13-10 with 9 minutes, 50 seconds left in the game. “It’s hard when the game isn’t in your hands no more. We don’t ever want to be in that position, but we were today. It sucks.”
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MC (11-2) couldn’t get much going offensively in the first half. The Wildcats managed a mere 76 yards — 17 of which came on a pair of Michael Ingrassia passes — in falling behind 10-0 at intermission.
While MC found the passing game to be difficult, Cardinals quarterback Jackson Pavitt was able to mix his running and passing ability in giving Newman the early lead.
Pavitt hooked up with Giancarlo Woods seven times for 96 yards in the first half and also scored on a 3-yard run to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
With Ingrassia suffering a hip injury early on in the game, MC coach Mazi Moayed decided to make a switch to start the third quarter by inserting Gaven Cooke behind center.
Cooke’s ability to run helped reinvigorate MC’s offense. He had a 40-yard run to set up MC’s first score – a 26-yard Martinez field goal with 4 minutes left in the third quarter — and added a 48-yard scamper on the Wildcats’ next possession to set up their lone touchdown. Matteo Perez (27 carries for 64 yards) was able to bull his way in from 9 yards out three plays later to make it 10-10 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
“There was a spark there,” Moayed said about Cooke. “They were keying on Matteo very hard. So we needed our quarterback to run because it’s really hard to run …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports