Varsity Boys Football
Sacred Heart Prep 49, Carlmont 26
Date of competition: Friday, October 31, 2008
The Sacred Heart Prep football team has made quite a splash in its debut season in the Central Coast Section. The Gators are undefeated, newly crowned division champions and just one victory away from clinching a CCS playoff berth.
Sacred Heart Prep (5-0, 8-0) capped its debut in the PAL Ocean B Division with a resounding 49-26 thumping of host Carlmont on Friday. The Gators ran roughshod over its divisional opponents this season by averaging 44.4 points a game and allowing an average of just over 20.
Sacred Heart can make the season even better should it defeat PAL Ocean A Division champ King's Academy next Saturday on the Gators' field at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will get the Ocean Division's lone automatic berth into the CCS playoffs.
If the Gators see their perfect season end in that game, they still have an opportunity at a CCS Small School Division at-large berth, but may have to beat Menlo in a season-ending nonleague game on Nov. 14 to get into the postseason.
Thus far, SHP has perhaps exceeded all expectations -- even though a Sacred Heart-King's Academy showdown has been talked about since the season's opening kickoff. Talked about by everyone but the Gators.
SHP coach Pete Lavorato made sure he didn't talk about that possibility until it was a done deal on Friday. Now the Gators can focus on King's.
Carlmont (5-3, 3-2) could have earned a share of the Ocean B title with a victory and may well have landed a shot at King's Academy by virtue of the league's tiebreaker system. The Gators made sure that wouldn' happen by taking control early and never letting up.
Matt Bocci scored on a three-yard run to cap the Gators' opening drive. He finished with 47 rushing yards and two scores on 10 carries. SHP then capitalized on the first of two Carlmont turnovers, with Chris Gaertner recovering a fumble and racing 75 yards to set up a one-yard run by SHP quarterback Ryan Sakowski.
Sakowski had a fine day, completing all nine of his passes for 163 yards. He has thrown for 363 yards in the past two games. Against Carlmont, the Gators amassed 534 yards of offense.
Carlmont pulled within 21-14 early in the second half and traded TDs with SHP into the fourth quarter, but the Scots missed two field goals and failed to take advantage of a fumble recovery deep in Gators' territory.
Victor Ojeda led the Gators with 150 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored on runs of eight and 46 yard. Austin Koenig caught four passes for 101 yards and Gaertner had four kickoff returns for another 116 yards.
posted by keith peters on Nov 1, 2008 at 10:47 am
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