Overcoming injuries, check. Overcoming wind and fog, check. The Cougars added rainstorm to their list of achievements. While the Sierra High School Timberwolves struggled with the rainy conditions, the Rancho Cotate Cougars roared behind their defense and running game in route to a 10-0 victory in the CIF 3A NorCal Championships. With the win, the Cougars will go on to the state finals next week and will play Bakersfield Christian.
The game was played during an epic downpour, which made it hard for both offenses to move the ball. Knowing the Cougars and what they have gone through this season, the rain was nothing for them.
They put together a drive at the end of the half, aided by a 15-yard late hit on quarterback Jared Stocker, which ended with a 38-yard Alex Sandoval field goal. This field goal was described by the NFHS broadcasting team as one of the best kicks they’ve ever seen.
After that the Cougars’ defense took over, forcing five Timberwolves turnovers, then Rasheed Rankin closed the deal with a 40-yard run to the 2-yard line which led to Stocker scoring the next play.
The Cougars, like the Cardinal Newman Cardinals Friday night, engaged in slip and slide activities after the game was over and basked in the glory of being one game away from history.