fbpx

Grant High Pacers pull off a stunner !

The team few thought belonged on California’s biggest stage pulled off Northern California’s only victory late Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

Grant, from the toughest streets of Sacramento, took a me-against-the-world approach and stunned one of the nation’s top programs with a 25-20 victory over Long Beach Poly in the CIF State Bowl Game Open Division championship.

In the last high school football game in the country this season, the Pacers (14-0) matched Poly hit-for-hit and blow-for-blow and even after squandering an early lead, came back from two fourth-quarter deficits to knock off the nation’s No. 4 team, a tough-minded squad that had pulled off four playoff games with second-half comebacks.

“We shocked the world,” players and coaches kept shouting during a raucous post-game celebration. “We shocked the world.”

Darvin McCauley, who opened the scoring with a brilliant 54-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, ended things off with a 15-yard scoring reception from Kipeli Koniseti with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining for the game-winner.

Grant’s defense, which gave up just 243 yards, allowed one first down but then forced three incompletions. On fourth-and-10 from midfield, Morgan Fennell completed a pass to Kaelin Clay that landed inches short of a first down.

The unranked Pacers, who many thought believed belonged in the Division I game behind six-time mythical national champion De La Salle, kneeled on it, setting off a wild celebration.

“I just told our boys to stay calm and keep playing and we’d find a way to pull it out,” said Koniseti, who completed 13 of 26 for 236 yards and two scores. “I love my boys. We pulled this out for Sacramento and for Northern California. Nobody thought this was possible but us.”

Said Grant coach Mike Alberghini: “I said all week this was a 12-round fight and we each delivered one blow after another. But we delivered the last one. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Grant High Pacers pull off a stunner ! 2
James Hickshttp://about.me/jameshicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

More from author

Leave a Reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Advertisment

Categories

Latest posts

How to Play Sony PlayStation X Games on Android

Sony’s PSX was a unique video game console. It played a crucial role in shaping the childhood of 90’s kids. Its production...

How The Pandemic Affects Loneliness

The loneliness epidemic sweeping through the country is getting worse, and its effects are starting to show. Chronic loneliness has been shown...

4 Benefits Of Assisted Living For Your Loved One

As your family member gets older, you may start to wonder whether they're getting enough of what they need at home. It's...

Want to stay up to date with the latest news?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!