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Cal bends, never breaks

The Cal High football team has been playing with a rubber-band defense all season long and most people thought the defense would eventually break, but it never has and now they are playing De La Salle in the NCS 4-A East Bay title game.

I am sure the rubber band will snap against the Spartans, but that doesn’t really matter. Cal proved a lot of people wrong (including myself) by riding its fiesty and stubborn defense to the title game for the first time in school history.

James Logan’s Rashaad Evans was slowed by a hamstring injury and eventually couldn’t finish the game, but it was still a remarkable effort by Cal to shutdown the entire Colts’ offense once it reached the Red Zone.

James Logan had the ball inside the 5-yard line of the Grizzlies twice in the first half and managed just 3 points. A field goal and then a fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

James Logan is no slouch, but the old cliche rang true, “offense wins games and defense wins championships.” Granted it wasn’t a championship game, but it might as well have been. The winner of this one was going to lose to De La Salle the next week.

Cal didn’t have my respect until this week. I seen them play San Leandro earlier in the season and came away unimpressed. I kept hearing about these goal line stands all year long and figured eventually the defense would snap and the Grizzlies would fall apart. It never happened and everyone, except the East Bay Athletic League bandwagoner’s, were wrong.

Just a great job by the Grizzlies. Good luck to them against the Spartans in a preview of what should be plenty of matchups with the mighty squad from Concord. DLS of course will be in the EBAL next season.

mbower