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NorCal Latest: Surprises Keep Coming

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NorCal Latest: Surprises Keep Coming

Jesuit in red and white; GRanite Bay in white. Dan Bandoni photo.

The results continue to be all over the place in Northern California Boys HS competition.

Granite Bay

Granite Bay pulled off something of a surprise with a 17-15 defeat of Jesuit. It was a strange day for Granite Bay Head Coach Chris Miller, who captained Jesuit many years ago, now found himelf marshaling his team through a rebuild and a defeat of his old team.

"It was a very close and intense match," said Miller. "Jesuit is, obviously, well-coached, and their players are such tacticians and technically sound. They don’t make a lot of mistakes and they capitalize on yours. But what impressed me the most was how aggressive they played. We, on the other hand, didn’t handle the ball very well. We had too many errors in critical parts of the field and Jesuit."

However, where Granite Bay succeeded was in being gritty and relentless. With scrumhalf Hanu Koi urging on his teammates and marshaling the attack, they just didn't give up. Sometimes that's all you need. 

Jesuit ran out to a 15-3 lead but was stymied in the second half as Granite Bay scored two unanswered converted tries. 

"They battled back," said Jesuit Head Coach Andrew Acosta. "We had our chances."

"Something we emphasized during the week: to stay in the match, we had to play tough, disciplined, aggressive but most importantly team defense," said Miller. "They did that in the second half."

De La Salle and SFGG

After some COVID postponements, De La Salle got back on the field for their second game and did superbly, beating Danville 24-12 in an exciting and well-played game. SFGG won 50-5, putting other teams on notice that they are still around.

So after four weeks of action, SFGG is 3-1, DLS 2-0, Danville and Menlo-Atherton both 2-1, and Jesuit 1-2.