SENIOR BOWL . . . Stanford ended its football season on a high note by winning the Orange Bowl and finishing 12-1. That, however, didn't end the campaign for everyone on the team. On Wednesday, linebacker/fullback Owen Marecic and nose guard Sione Fua were included among the 13 players from the Pacific-10 Conference to have accepted invitations to participate in the 62nd Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.( PT) and will be televised on the NFL Network. Marecic was a first team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association of America. The inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award honoring college football's most versatile player, Marecic finished as Stanford's fifth-leading tackler with 51 stops and also had five rushing touchdowns from the fullback position. Fua, who anchored Stanford's defensive line from the nose guard position, earned second team All-Pac-10 recognition this year after totaling 23 tackles, including 4.5 sacks.
IT WAS RUGBY . . . Following the city-wide parade on January 8 to honor the Palo Alto football team and girls' volleyball squad for their respective state titles in December, a comment was made that this was Palo Alto's second state football title, not the first. A reader said that Paly defeated Porterville for the 1912 state crown. That was only partially correct. Palo Alto did beat Porterville in 1912 for a state title, but it was in rugby. Palo Alto played rugby (and no football) from 1907 to 1919. In 1912, Paly went 17-2 (including three forfeits) and defeated Porterville, 11-8, in what was called a state championship. Rugby, of course, wasn't as widespread as football even in those years. Palo Alto rugby actually is in the Cal-Hi Sports state record book for most wins in a season (for rugby), going 17-2 in 1912 and 16-1 in 1913. Those are the all-time records for the sport and will stand the test of time, unless rugby gains popularity again.