Marin Catholic has dominated Marin varsity football since before Drake landed, or so it seems. So, last Saturday’s crunching of Cardinal Newman in the North Coast Section Division seemed, well, somewhat expected.
The Wildcats won the contest easily, 42-7. The victory fit like a glove. That was the story in Kentfield.
But in Novato, something else unfolded. It had been 20-plus years since the San Marin Mustangs had won a section crown. Yet here was the pride of Novato one win away from the championship. Will they be good enough?
Oh, yeah, they were good enough. Del Norte of Crescent City came on to the Novato field having won their last 10 games. The Mustangs put an end to that. They beat Del Norte like the proverbial drum to win the championship. It was their first since 2001 and it was a no-doubter.
The Mustangs shutout Del Norte 36-0 and earned a place in the NorCal CIF Regional Bowl Game for D5-AA. San Marin will travel to Yuba City to face off with Sutter Union High School. Sutter defeated Paradise in OT, 34-31 to advance.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.
Powerhouse Marin Catholic dominated the boys from Cardinal Newman last weekend, 42-7. The Wildcats now move on to play Escalon 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Rafael High School.
Other than one loss to a ranked team out of Oakland, the Wildcats have pretty much stepped on all their opponents from the opening quarter on. The matchup with Cardinal Newman was true to form as Marin Catholic jumped out to a lead and never let up.
When the dust settled the offensive yards accumulated by the Wildcats was 423 — four times the yards managed by Cardinal Newman.