Football: St. Ignatius pounded by Granite Bay in NorCal championship game

By Jeremy Balan

SACRAMENTO – A week after being crowned as the best team in the Central Coast Section, the St. Ignatius football team quickly faced a harsh reality on Friday night.

It is not one of the best teams in Northern California.

In its first appearance beyond CCS play in school history, the Wildcats were humbled in a 45-17 loss to Granite Bay in the Northern California Division I regional championship game at Sacramento State University.

Football Game of the Week: St. Ignatius in uncharted waters against Granite Bay

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team’s trip into the uncharted waters of the Division I Northern California regional championship game, by design, presents an unfamiliar opponent.

There isn’t a whole lot linking St. Ignatius and its opponent Granite Bay, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, so it’s been difficult for the Wildcats to gauge what exactly to expect.

Odds are, the Wildcats won’t find out until they hit the field on Friday night at Sacramento State University.

Football: St. Ignatius slips past Bellarmine in overtime to win CCS Open title

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – Early in the fourth quarter of the Central Coast Section Open Division football championship Friday night at San Jose City College, St. Ignatius senior Albert Waters came off the field and uttered a deep grunt in frustration.

The Wildcats were trailing top-seeded Bellarmine 7-0, but fellow senior Denis Shanagher turned to Waters and calmly said, “It’s alright. We have them right where we want them.”

Shanagher was confident for good reason, as the Wildcats added another notch to their already-crowded belt of come-from-behind CCS playoff victories with a 13-10 overtime win over the Bells.

Football: St. Ignatius makes fourth-quarter comeback to take down Mitty in CCS semifinal

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – There was no panic in the St. Ignatius football team when it trailed Mitty 22-17 late in the fourth quarter of the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal.

After a magical trip to the CCS Division III championship last season, the Wildcats are battle tested in tight playoff games, and it showed in their 25-22 win on Saturday night at Independence High School.

CCS Football Preview: St. Ignatius hits the road again in Open Division semifinals

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team probably deserves a home game for its Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal matchup against Mitty on Saturday, but the Wildcats are more than comfortable on the road.

St. Ignatius, the sixth seed in the tournament, will make the hour drive from the Sunset to take on seventh-seeded Mitty in its own back yard at Independence High School in San Jose on Saturday night.

Football: Lincoln edges Mission in Turkey Day thriller

By Jeremy Balan

The Academic Athletic Association football championship ultimately came down to 3 yards on Thursday at Kezar Stadium and Lincoln didn’t have its best player on the field.

After scoring with 23 seconds remaining to cut Mission’s lead to 21-20, Lincoln head coach Phil Ferrigno elected to go for a two-point conversion and the win.

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Game of the Day – Turkey Day Tussle: Lincoln rolled to a 42-14 victory over Mission in their regular-season meeting, but the Bears are still defending Turkey Day champions. For live updates on this game, follow us on Twitter at:

Turkey Day Preview: Lincoln looking to break top-seed losing streak against Mission

By Jeremy Balan

While the Lincoln High School football team’s resounding 42-14 regular-season win over Mission makes the Mustangs considerable favorites in the Academic Athletic Association championship game on Thanksgiving Day, recent history is not on their side.

The last three regular-season AAA champions have all fallen short of winning Turkey Day titles, but Lincoln was the last team to do it, when it won its fourth straight championship in 2008.

Girls Volleyball: Lowell swept out of state playoffs by Granite Bay

By Jeremy Balan

As dominant as the Lowell High School girls volleyball program has been in the Academic Athletic Association since the San Francisco Section began playing the sport in 1974, it has never been able to carry that success over into the CIF State Tournament.

That trend continued on Tuesday, when the seventh-seeded Cardinals dropped their opening-round Division I matchup to second-seeded Granite Bay 25-15, 25-16, 25-15 at Lowell.

Football: Riordan’s season ends on the road against Sobrato in CCS playoffs

By Jeremy Balan

MORGAN HILL – The Archbishop Riordan High School football team fumbled the opening kickoff against Sobrato in the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Saturday night and it didn’t get much better for the Crusaders after that.

Riordan rushed for 350 yards, but committed three turnovers and turned the ball over on downs three more times in a 40-17 loss to second-seeded Sobrato at Live Oak High School.