The yellow towels for San Marin fans will be out in force again this weekend as the Mustangs play for the Division V championship in prep football.
There’s nary a fingernail left in Novato. Coach Dom DiMare’s resilient San Marin Mustangs downed St. Bernard’s of Eureka last weekend and advanced to the North Coast Division V varsity championship game. They will face off against Del Norte in San Marin at 7 p.m. Friday.
The word “nailbiter” doesn’t begin to tell the tale.
The fourth quarter opened with San Marin up on Eureka 26-13. The Mustangs went 3 and out to give the ball back to Eureka. The Crusaders proceeded to score, making it 26-19.
With time against them, Eureka went for broke and attempted an onside kick. It worked, putting the Crusaders in great field position and 7 points down. A touchdown and an extra point would tie it. With few fingernails left in the crowd, the Crusaders pulled it off with a TD pass that left the score 26-25.
An extra point would tie the game. But the bold Crusaders pressed their luck by going for 2 and the outright win. Bad call. It failed.
With just under 7 minutes to play, Eureka attempted a second onside kick. This time San Marin recovered. In the next possession, San Marin safely chewed up the clock before returning the ball to the Crusaders with about 2 minutes left.
Eureka moved the ball up the field. In the stands, no fingernails remained left to chew. Then, as it has all season long, the Mustang resilience checked into the game. Mustang senior Dominic Mancuso intercepted a Eureka pass with a minute left to play.
The Mustangs won 26-25.
If San Marin prevails this weekend, it would be the school’s first section title since 2001.
In another part of Marin, the powerhouse Marin Catholic Wildcats hosted the Tamalpais High School Red-tailed Hawks in what was a rematch from a couple of weeks ago when the Wildcats humbled the Hawks, 41-0.
Marin Catholic prevailed again over Tam. The Wildcats now head into the Division IV championship game against Cardinal Newman at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kentfield.
While the Wildcats dominated the game against Tam, the Mill Valley squad did bring a little offense with them. The final score was 34-16.
The Branson Bulls downed Calistoga 68-37 last weekend to advance to the 8-man football section title. The Bulls will host Stuart Hall this Saturday in Ross
Stuart Hall adds a new chapter, as the two schools meet for the crown, with the game scheduled for Saturday in Ross.