By T.J. Matsumoto, Courier Sports Editor
Sometimes in order to enjoy certain things in life you must lose them first. Friday's win over Washington High School felt great as we lost to them in heartbreaking fashion last year. The final score was 28-10 and we outgained them in total offense by 200 yards. Many of the sports reporters had Washington winning this game in convincing fashion. We proved them wrong and will finally get the respect we deserve.
Big time players made big time plays. Victor Johnson, Jonathon Willis, Toni Pole, and Joey Castro all made huge plays on both sides of the ball. Victor Johnson finished with 126 yards rushing and whenever we need a third down conversion we turned to Johnson. Jonathon Willis stated his case that he should be a first team all league selection for quarterback and he inched closer to his goal of throwing and running for 1,000 yards each. He outplayed Washingtons quarterback David Ross and fought on even though he suffered an arm injury. Toni Pole promised us that he was going to make plays and he came through on his promise. He was unblockable on defense and finished with two touchdown receptions, one that sealed the win for us. Joey Castro was Willis' favorite target on offense and also had an interception on defense.
For the seniors this was a great relief. We got our trophy back and dominated the number six team in the east bay. We can only hope that future generations keep that trophy on campus for a long time.
Now that we have clinched a share of the league championship we are guaranteed a spot in the NCS championships. It will not be like last year where we worried and had no idea whether we would get in or not. Now we can prepare and continue to work towards a NCS championship.