Classical wins 6-AA state title by shutting out Santa Teresa

Classical Academy’s magical run from a 1-9 season last year and 1-14 over the last two years ended on a high note in the cold and rain Saturday night.

The Caimans didn’t get a whole lot of offense, but the defense pitched its seventh shutout of the season, beating host San Jose Santa Teresa 7-0 for the State 6-AA championship.

Classical Academy finishes 12-3, a school record for wins in a season.

Santa Teresa ends 9-6.

Classical Academy’s victory made it a perfect weekend in State Championship games for San Diego.

Friday, Mater Dei Catholic and Lincoln won state titles at Saddleback College.

Granite Hills followed on Saturday.

The only score of the game came in the second quarter.

The Caimans recovered a first-quarter fumble at the Santa Teresa 30. Friday Pollard finished the 30-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run.

The game was played on a rain-slick field in San Jose.

It rained up until 30 minutes before the 6 p.m. kickoff. The rain returned just after halftime.

The officials did their best to keep the ball dry, covering it with a towel before every snap.

Led by Ryan Menotti and Thomas Hinrichs, Classical never let Santa Teresa’s offense get going.

In the fourth quarter, Classical had two long drive that ate up valuable time.

Sparked by runs of 16 and 19 yards, Classical Academy marched from its 11 to the Santa Teresa 14, but the drive stalled and Trevor Allen came on to try a 29-yard field goal. But the snap was high and the Caimans missed a big chance to go up by 10 points.

Late in the game, Life Pollard ripped off a 43-yard run and a 10-yard burst to set the Caimans up at the Santa Teresa 10.

Santa Teresa was out of timeouts and Classical Academy was able to run out the clock.

Classical Academy led in a penalty-marred first half.

Allen, who had made all five of his field goal attempts this season, missed a 55-yard field goal on his team’s first series of the game.

Santa Teresa had four possessions in the first half with three punts and a lost fumble.

It was much of the same in the third quarter, although the Saints drove to the Classical Academy 25 thanks to a 49-yard run by quarterback Jayden Arvalo.

But a fourth-down pass was incomplete.

Santa Teresa’s second possession of the second half was marred by two long penalties and a punt.

Santa Teresa beat Branham for the Central Coast Section Division V championship. The Saints then beat Palo Alton for the Northern California Regional 6-AA title.

The Caimans, the San Diego Section Division V champions with a 33-14 win over Crawford at Escondido High, beat Lancaster 343-14 last week for the Southern California Regional 6-AA championship.

CLEAN SWEEP

Four San Diego Section teams played for state titles this weekend, and all four won:

Friday

Division 2-AA: Mater Dei Catholic 26, Oakland McClymonds 18

Division 1-AA: Lincoln 33, Concord De La Salle 28

Saturday

Division 2-A: Granite Hills 31, Danville San Ramon Valley 24 (OT)

Division 6-AA: Classical 7, San Jose Santa Teresa 0


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