The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI final promised to be a good matchup since the two teams played before and it was decided by one point. On Saturday night at the Lodi Grape Bowl, it wasn’t a one-point win for Capital Christian of Sacramento but the Cougars’ 35-28 triumph over Modesto Christian was just about as close.
Please check out and bookmark our new Cal-Hi Sports Insider Blog: CalHiSports.com/blog For simple updates and insights, check out our twitter page @CalHiSports and for other updates please visit our Facebook page.
In the game’s final minutes, after Modesto Christian had scored on a 42-yard pass from Luke Andrew to Windsor Jamison, the Crusaders finally got a stop on defense and headed down the field for a possible game-tying or game-winning score with a two-point conversion.Zach Schott then got Modesto Christian into prime scoring range with an 18-yard run to the 6-yard line. It was there, however, where the Cougars’ defense rose up. Three running plays gained two yards, then on fourth down with 3:25 left Andrew tried to pass but was pressured and threw incomplete.
Capital Christian then ran out the clock for the win. It marked the school’s second section title but first undefeated season.
“These seniors wanted to be 13-0 from the beginning,” said Capital Christian head coach Phil Grams. “But they did it by setting goals. It was first to win league, then to go 10-0, then to get through the two rounds of the playoffs, and then to win tonight.”
One of those seniors, the versatile Justice Shelton-Mosley, who also started for Capital Christian’s basketball team that last March lost in the CIF NorCal Open Division final to Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, exploded for a 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter when the Cougars quickly answered an opening-drive TD by the Crusaders.
Mosley later scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter and had a 2-yard TD run with 8:50 left that gave Capital Christian a 35-21 lead. He finished with 141 yards on 21 carries and said afterward that he committed earlier in the week with Harvard.
Capital Christian quarterback Jacob Norville added a 16-yard TD pass to Josh Manansala on the team’s first series of the second half. The Cougars’ other TD was a 1-yard run in the second quarter by Luis Gomez.
Modesto Christian’s Chris Brown matched Shelton-Mosley by scoring three touchdowns. He had both of the team’s touchdowns in the first half and had a 7-yard score in the third quarter.
After watching Modesto Central Catholic get eligible for the CIF Division IV NorCal bowl game on Friday night, the Cougars did the same on Saturday night.
Since Central Catholic is the two-time defending D4 state champion and has lost only to bigger schools, the Raiders are a lock to be in that game.
Capital Christian at 13-0 will have a solid case to be that other team, but probably will need to have CIF Oakland Section champion McClymonds of Oakland shown with four forfeit losses instead of 12-0 when the teams are selected next Sunday. If the forfeit losses stand, Capital Christian seems like the next team in. If they don’t, McClymonds is in and the Cougars are not.
“All I know is we deserve to go,” Grams said. “We’ve beaten one of the best teams out there twice. Sometimes, teams from the same section should play against each other in a game like that.”