Catholic Marine Cruises under the State

Needing only a victory to claim the first state title in the history of the football program, the Catholic defense Marin was not going to be denied on Saturday.

The Wildcats scored two touchdowns on defense and a fourth quarter shutout of a 33-14 home win in the Division 4-AA Championship game against Central Valley Christian of Visalia on Saturday.

Zach Taylor started the party for Marin Catholic with a six pick in the first quarter, then Charlie Knapp put the result beyond doubt with another six pick in the third quarter to make it 33-0.

Michael Ingrassia threw a pair of touchdowns – his first 30-yard pass to JR Bosch in the second quarter to send MC at halftime with a 14-0 lead.

Ingrassia called her own number in the third quarter, scoring over a one-yard goalie to take the lead to 20-0. Ingrassia then threw her second touchdown pass of the game, an 18-yard screen pass to running back Charles Williams to give MC a 27-0 lead.

Central Valley Christian (11-5) broke MC’s shutout midway through the fourth quarter when Max Bakker threw a touchdown at Chapman Dunn to make it 33-6. Central Valley Christian scored again with 1 minute and 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

The victory secured the first state title for the MC football team in three tries. Marin Catholic also reached a state title match in 2008 and 2012.

The Wildcats became Marin’s first team to win a state football title. San Marino has a chance of becoming second when they host Independence of Bakersfield on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the State 5-AA title game.

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