Rancho Cotate Head Coach Gehrig Hotaling woke up Friday morning one year older. Of course, he wasn’t thinking about being 36 years old, he was thinking about Friday’s North Coast Section Division 3 Championship game against Las Lomas High School. Though he might not get a cake, Hotaling got something much better, an NCS Title.
The Rancho Cotate Cougars stymied Oregon State bound Isaiah Newell en route to a 7-0 victory over the Knights of Los Lomas High School.
Like most games this season, this game was a dogfight. The Cougar’s offense struggled for most of the night and the defense was otherworldly. In the end, the Cougars did what they do best, find a way to win. This team has been through so much it seemed like it was meant to be for them Friday Night.
Behind a Rasheed Rankin 1-yard touchdown run and a Jack Reese 4th down interception, the Cougars clinched their first NCS Title since 2002 and made Hotaling’s birthday one he will never forget.
After the Reese interception, it was pandemonium for the Cougars. The players were running onto the field and along the sidelines while the fans cheered, and as for Hotaling, he was seen kneeling down with his hands in his head overcome with emotion. That’s how much this game meant for the Cougars.
Full story to come in the Dec. 6 issue