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Soquel's season ends at hands of Sacred Heart Prep

Modified: Sunday, Nov 25th, 2012


Soquel High's Fabiano Hale is brought down by a couple of Sacred Heart Prep defenders during the second quarter of their game Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep School in Atherton. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)


ATHERTON - Fabiano Hale stood at the 10-yard line, the sun to his back. He turned around and pointed to the Soquel High sideline.

"These guys," he said, smiling. "These guys."

Hale then broke down, as he came the realization that his football career, as well as the season for the Soquel High football team, was over.

The Knights were unable to match the offensive power of Sacred Heart Prep and lost 47-17 in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

To win the CCS championship, Sacred Heart will have to defeat another set of Knights, those that hail from Menlo, next Saturday at a time and place to be determined.

In an eight-team playoff that included the firepower of Seaside, the balance of Monte Vista Christian and the offensive grit of Soquel, it appeared that the championship was likely going to be hoisted by a local team. Instead, two Atherton teams are the final two standing in the bracket and will play for the title.

Menlo got the job done Friday night against Seaside by throwing the ball all over the place.

Sacred Heart used mostly a ground attack to wear down Soquel on Saturday afternoon. But it also had its moments in the air, as quarterback Kevin Donahoe found receiver Rex Shannon three times for touchdowns.

Sacred Heart scored on all five possessions in the first half in building a 33-10 lead.

It looked like Soquel was going to storm back into the game. It started off the second half by forcing Sacred Heart to go three and out in less than a minute. The Knights then went on an 11-play, 63-yard touchdown drive to creep to within 33-17. A pass-interference call moved Soquel to the Sacred Heart 30-yard line. Hale and quarterback Lucas Cordoza scrambled their way to the 5-yard line, where Hale completed the deal, lowering the boom on a Sacred Heart defender.

But the Gators answered back, with a nine-play, 68-yard drive to get back those seven points of the lead that they lost. Their No. 34, Andrew Segre, finished the drive with a 14-yard run untouched into the end zone, giving the home team a 40-17 lead.

Segre added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring.

Soquel was unable to get anything going in its first possession, as it went three and out. Sacred Heart inched its way down the field and finally scored when Segre ran eight yards for a touchdown with 6:46 to play in the first quarter. The boys in red went up 14-0 three minutes later when Donahoe and Shannon hooked up for their first touchdown; a defender fell down as Shannon caught the ball at midfield, and Shannon completed the 81-yard touchdown run.

Soquel got on the board with a 26-yard field goal by Tanner Mihelic as the first quarter ended.



For the complete article see the 11-27-2012 issue.

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