Why 0-5 start did not stop the Sacré-Coeur cathedral


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SHC: Bay Area’s best 2-5 team beats Bellarmine

The Sacred Heart Cathedral was the region’s unlucky football team for the first half of the season. But it’s behind the San Francisco school now, a distant stain in the rearview mirror.

Now it’s a lucky charm for SHC.

The Fighting Irish followed their spectacular victory over St. Ignatius in the Bruce-Mahoney rivalry match with an even bigger revelation on Friday night.

They beat Bellarmine 20-13 at San Jose City College behind three touchdown passes from Ray john spears To RL Miller, the last 27 yards that widened the advantage to 10 with about four minutes to go.

“Big win, big win”, CHS coach Barry Mclaughlin noted.

SHC opened their schedule with losses to Sacred Heart Prep and Palma by one touchdown, then dropped 10 to Burlingame, who is still undefeated.

The Irish were 0-3 with home games at Kezar Stadium ahead against Powers Valley Christian and St. Francis to start the West Catholic Athletic League game.

These games said a lot about the Irish.


SHC defeated Valley Christian to All-Star Receiver Jurion Dickey scored on an incredible 67-yard catch-and-run at the end of the fourth quarter – the third down – to turn a two-point deficit into a 27-21 victory.

A week later, the Irish were just three points behind St. Francis in the fourth quarter before finally falling 37-13 to the team that beat De La Salle.

With a 0-5 record, CHS led St. Ignatius by 13 points in the second half. The Irish scored a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth.

They won 21-20.

“It was huge,” McLaughlin said.

SHC led Bellarmine 10-6 at halftime on Friday before scoring a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth to knock out the Bells, who were one of the good stories of the season in September.

“The preseason has been difficult; all three teams were strong, ”said McLaughlin. “We played Valley and even St. Francis until about eight minutes from the end.”

In the spring, WCAL split its league into North and South divisions due to COVID-19. SHC did not face any of the teams at the south end.

“I always talk about what it’s like to come down to South Bay and compete and beat one of these teams,” McLaughlin said. “They didn’t figure it out until the clock hit zero.

“It’s just a great feeling.”

Now the Irish are 2-2 in WCAL with Riordan, Serra and Mitty remaining.

When asked if four wins would get the Irish in the playoffs, McLaughlin said: “I have no idea. I just take them one game at a time.

– Darren Sabedra

Pittsburg and post-game handshakes

With two games already canceled this season, including one due to COVID concerns, the Pittsburg coach Victor Galli does not take any risk. Before games, he asks the opposing coach about his COVID testing policy.

If the answer isn’t what Galli wants to hear, the Pirates skip the post-match handshake. Instead, the two teams line up on opposing hash marks and exchange verbal jokes.

“We did it last year,” said Galli. “Our league (Bay Valley Athletic League) didn’t shake hands. We walked over to the hash marks and said goodbye. We take precautions. We are still in a pandemic and I want to make sure we are safe. “

The Pirates 4-1 traded handshakes with Valley Christian after a game on September 10 in Pittsburg. Galli checked Valley Christian’s COVID testing policy before the game.

“I’m still talking to the other coach,” said Galli. “If they test every week, we shake hands.”

Galli raised this issue because he doesn’t want his opponents to accuse Pittsburg of lack of sportsmanship.

“Sportsmanship is important to us,” said Galli, who has coached Pittsburg since the start of the MaxPreps era in 2004. “But until things change, and I wish that would go back to how before, we’ll walk hashes, wave and say “good game.” I just want people to know that it’s never out of disrespect to anyone we play with.

– Mike Lefkow

The strange season of Campo

Campolindo Kevin macy has long been considered one of the best high school coaches in the Bay Area. His teams often exceed expectations, which has often meant playing at higher enrollment schools in the North Coast section and in the state playoffs.

But this season, the Cougars (4-3) suffered some clearly unexpected defeats. Campo lost at home to Aptos 49-0 on September 3, then Benicia came in to call on October 8 and administered a 35-0 beating.

So when unranked Campolindo visited Acalanes, the Bay Area News Group’s No.18 Top 25 team last week, and won 24-14, a few eyebrows rose.

“With a young QB, we focused on running the ball,” Macy wrote.

Campolindo’s three touchdowns against Acalanes took place via racing. It’s a team that had scored 10 of its 17 touchdowns before Friday night in the air.

“It’s been a strange year for us,” Macy wrote in her text. “We only have two returning players from last year and have a small roster. We threw a lot of interceptions. There were fumbles and penalties thrown into the mix. It’s a toxic brew for a young team. We are fighting for some stability. Our children played hard. It was a huge effort to beat Acalanes. It was an old fashion to lead the ball and the defense. ”

The final yardage totals saw Campo run 42 times for 214 yards. The Cougars completed 10 of 13 assists for 115.

– Mike Lefkow

El Cerrito-Salesian: Meet ex-Cal teammates

Majeet Whiteside was elevated to interim head coach at El Cerrito last week after the fifth-year coach Jacob Rincon was put on administrative leave due to a two-year video that recently surfaced showing players participating in a dangerous exercise.

“I told everyone I had retired, then COVID hit,” said Whiteside, who joined the Rincon staff this season. “And my wife was tired of looking at me, so I decided to come back this year.”

Cal’s former defensive lineman, who previously coached at El Cerrito under fire George austin, also spent time as an assistant at Bishop O’Dowd and Piedmont.

After a moving 56-0 victory over the previously undefeated Salesian on Friday, Whiteside called for a call-up to the group in the stands.

“First of all, I’m attached to it because I played Cal and it’s Cal’s fight song,” Whiteside said. “So I like that too. But I think El Cerrito has one of the best bands out there and sometimes I feel like they don’t get the attention they deserve. It’s always great when they come out and argue. I know young men really like it when the band is with us so hopefully we can do it a bit more.

As it turns out, the other coach was the former Whiteside teammate at Cal in the 1980s.

“He did an excellent job putting these children in a position to win and, above all, facing terrible adversity,” said the Salesian coach. Chad Nightingale noted. “Nowadays I still prepare newspapers, but I’m old school. But the kids, the things they had to go through because of the social media blitz and then the national media blitz, these kids shouldn’t have been exposed to that.

What are the chances that Whiteside and Nightingale will one day meet as opposing head coaches?

“I played Cal a long time ago,” Whiteside said. “Ancient history.”

He added: “I guess I was a year older than him when he arrived. So we’ve known each other for almost 35 years, or whatever. So it’s kind of ironic that we meet here today like my first win in high school – I guess if you want to call it – and he’s on the other side. But he’s always been kind to me, I only have good things to say about Chad.

El Cerrito, 16th overall, who improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Rock division of the Tri-County Athletic League, is ready to look ahead.

“Kids are kids everywhere you go,” Whiteside said. “Regardless of socio-economic backgrounds, they are all the same. And all they want is to have fun and be respected and move on.

– Vytas Mazeika

Weekend leftovers

In the 57-14 rout from Tennyson to Newark-Memorial, RB Salesi Moala scored four touchdowns and Taeshaun Lyon added three. The Lancers are 7-0 and will be overwhelmingly favored to beat San Lorenzo and American to end a season unbeaten. … Gunn (5-2) waltzed past Lynbrook 55-15. Kevin Green had a 46-yard pick-6 and James Lambert returned a 42-yard punt for another score. The next stop is a Thursday night visit to Cupertino (6-0). … Northgate improved to 5-2 by beating Mt. Diablo 40-6. Michael Harris scored three touchdowns and a second Kawika boyd completed his three passing attempts for 85 yards and two scores. Oscar Loya marked for MD. Northgate looks set to finish 8-2 ​​and win the DAL Valley with a 5-0 record. … Zaren Crockett had three touchdowns and WR Michael whaley scored twice as Hercules rose above .500 with a 48-6 win over Richmond. Hercules is 4-3 and tied for first with Vallejo at 2-0 in the Stone division of the Tri-County Athletic League. The teams play at Hercules on October 29.

Look ahead

St. Francis (6-0) vs. Bellarmine (5-2) at San Jose City College, Friday, 7 p.m .: St. Francis is aiming to win his sixth consecutive Holy War game against the Bells.

California (6-1) at Monte Vista (6-0), Friday, 7 p.m .: Monte Vista’s toughest test yet under first-year coach CJ Anderson.

Foothill (6-2) in Dublin (5-2), Friday, 7 p.m .: This match could decide the EBAL Valley Division Championship.

Lincoln-San Jose (5-2) at Live Oak (5-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m .: These teams are stuck in a tie at four for first place in BVAL’s Mt. Hamilton division.

Gunn (5-2) at Cupertino (6-0), Thursday, 7 p.m .: This game has implications for the SCVAL El Camino Division title.

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