2012, Week 15: Santa Fe Christian Advances

Santa Fe Christian’s first venture into the State bowl regional playoffs was against Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep, a Southern California small schools power  for almost 40 years.

‘Hondo had won 10, eight-man championships and was runner-up four times since 1973 before moving up to 11-man football.

But the Eagles’ fought to a come-from-behind, 30-28 victory over the Kares, propelling Santa Fe into next week’s IV State Bowl Championship at noon at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson against Modesto Central Catholic.

Trailing 14-0, 21-14, and 28-24, coach Nick Ruscetta’s hustlers from Encinitas continually battled back and scored with 2:20 remaining in the game.

Big play in the winning,  52-yard drive was  a 37-yard run by quarterback  Hunter Vaccaro, who rushed 12 times for 165 and two touchdowns.  Vaccaro’s dash set up a three-yard touchdown run by Jerry Harper.

Santa Fe Christian (11-3) faces a formidable foe next week. The Central Catholic Raiders are 13-2 with a CalPreps power rating of 46, compared to the Eagles’ 26.

Central Catholic defeated Oakland McClymonds  42-12 in the Northern regional last week, after knocking off  Escalon 52-10 in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals.

Two years ago Escalon beat Madison 30-14 in the State Bowl III championship.

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