Varsity Boys Football

Sacred Heart Prep 27, Scotts Valley 20

Date of competition: Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Injury-riddled Sacred Heart Prep survived to play another day as the No. 4-seeded Gators held off No. 5 Scotts Valley, 27-20, in a Central Coast Section Division IV first-round football playoff game on Saturday in Atherton. The Gators (8-3) will advance to the semifinals next Friday to face No. 1 Palma (9-1-1) at the Salinas Sports Complex at 7 p.m. Scotts Valley, which was beaten by the Gators earlier this season but was averaging 53.1 points a game over its past three outings, finished 8-3.

SHP senior quarterback Jack Larson, who had missed the two previous games due to injury, connected with senior Pat Bruni on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10.5 seconds left to break a 20-20 tie and give the Gators the dramatic victory.

Sacred Heart Prep rallied from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit and got to within 20-14 entering the fourth quarter. Larson and Duke Moran hooked up on a 13-yard TD pass to deadlock the game at 20 as SHP's point-after attempt was blocked. Daver Rafioglu had 114 yards on 15 carries for the Gators while Larson threw for three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to Ryan Gaertner.

CCS Division IV playoffs
First round
Scotts Valley 10 7 3 0 -- 20
Sacred Heart Prep 0 7 7 13 -- 27
SV -- Gillette 26 pass from Pasquini (Beito kick)
SV -- FG Beito 36
SV -- Fogelquist 15 fumble return (Beito kick)
SHP -- Gaertner 10 pass from Larson (Spilane kick)
SV -- FG Beito 38
SHP -- Refioglu 11 run (Spilane kick)
SHP -- Moran 13 pass from Larson (kick blocked)
SHP -- Bruni 16 pass from Larson (Spilane kick)
Records: Scotts Valley 8-3; Sacred Heart Prep 8-3

posted by Palo Alto Online on Nov 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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