After talking to Chace Bryson, I now know that the 4th and 1 call from Campolindo coach Kevin Macy was in fact not to punt the ball but rather that the officials didn’t hear him calling for timeout. So, I retract my previous statement questioning the call. I think that was a huge moment since Campolindo had been winning the battle in the trenches all night long.
Talked to Las Lomas coach Doug Longero after the game and I thought his assessment of tonight’s game was accurate. Bad for three and a half quarters, good for half a quarter. Where I think Campolindo went wrong tonight is the Cougars never put the Knights away. When you’re facing a team with such an explosive offense as Las Lomas’, you have to capitalize on scoring chances and Campo let one too many get away.
That said, Las Lomas is the NCS 2A East Bay champion. Nobody can take that away from the Knights. They battled all night long and got it done when it counted. Now they get to sit back and wait to see who they’ll be playing next week. A win by Del Norte tomorrow would mean a super-long car ride up to Humboldt State. Then again, a win by Novato and Santa Rosa High School will be packed with Novato fans. It looked like Del Norte’s entire team was in attendance tonight at Las Lomas, which was kind of fun to see. Anyway, I’m spent for the night. Time to sleep. The beauty of all this is we’ll be right back here tomorrow and Senor Bryson will be at the helm here on the East Bay Prep Sports Blog as I freeze on the Dublin HS sideline. 7 p.m. kickoff between San Ramon Valley and Pinole Valley for the 3A East Bay title. See you tomorrow night.