Central Valley Christian High beat Morse-San Diego 30-14 Friday night to advance to the state Division 4-AA football championship game.
The Cavaliers (12-2) trailed Morse (10-5) 8-7 at halftime in the Southern California Regional playoff game before roaring to life.
“That’s the fastest team we played all year and for our kids to stick with it ... we weren’t playing well early, but we finished great,” CVC coach Mason Hughes said.
CVC awaits next week’s NorCal regional playoffs to learn its opponent in the state final Dec. 15. The NorCal playoffs were delayed a week because of complications from the Camp Fire and the smoke that enveloped much of the region.
Cavaliers defensive back and wide receiver Brian Noel left his fingerprints all over Friday’s game. Noel caught both a 55-yard and 38-yard pass for scores to give CVC a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
“I just knew that I had to make an impact,” Noel said. “I knew that I had to put whatever that was in my heart into this team because I really didn’t want to go home.”
Cavaliers running back Jaalen Rening also scored twice including a bruising 15-yard run, carrying a Morse defender across the goal line.