Sunday, November 25th, 2007 at 5:14 pm in Uncategorized.
Most of the talk on here has been about the North Coast Section 4-A, 3-A East Bay and 2-A East Bay playoffs (and rightfully so), but it’s time to give a little love to St. Elizabeth, which reached the NCS Class B title game with a 20-7 win over South Fork on Saturday.
Coach Fred Sims and his staff do a great job at the small school in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, guiding the Mustangs (7-4) to their fourth playoff berth in the last five seasons. It is also the second appearance in the final for St. Elizabeth, which fell to St. Bernard Catholic 19-7 in 2003.
St. Elizabeth missed the playoffs last season when it lost nine players – seven of whom were linemen – to injury by Week 3 and stumbled to an 0-9 mark. This year, the Mustangs opened 4-1 before dropping their first three Bay Football League games. But St. Elizabeth bounced back and closed with wins over California School for the Deaf and Berean Christian to make the playoffs.
Against South Fork, St. Elizabeth showed a speedy 1-2 punch at running back with sophomore Dave Douglas (a potential Division I recruit down the line) and Damario Robertson. Douglas finished with 114 yards and had a spectacular 32-yard run in the second half that saw him make a nice cutback and then spin away from several South Fork defenders. The Mustangs also have a physical defense featuring lineman Harry Jamerson and rangy safety Charles Johnson, who came down with two interceptions and four key catches on offense.
“It couldn’t get any worse than last year,” Sims said after the win over South Fork. “We knew we could only improve and we knew we had talent coming back.”
No. 2 St. Elizabeth takes on top-seeded St. Vincent of Petaluma (8-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Santa Rosa High for the Class B championship.