GetSportsFocus.com TOP 7 High School Football Games of the 2012 Season – Bellarmine / Serra CCS Semi-Finals
Seven days (including today, Monday) before the Super Bowl, we decided to count down the TOP 7 High School Football Games of the 2012 Season that GetSportsFocus.com was fortunate enough to cover. I’m sure you’re wondering why seven?
Well, we have three very simple reasons:
1. Seven is a significant number when it comes to championships. Basketball and Baseball play best of seven series to determine the best of the best.
2. Seven is a lucky number, like number eleven.
3. Since the 49ers are playing at the Super Bowl and the star rookie QB is wearing #7, that was enough to help us decide to do a Top 7 List.
So our first game happened in late Novermber, the 27th to be exact, when two great programs met up to determine who will advance to the CCS Open Division championship. The second meeting of Bellarmine and Serra High went down to the very last minute. Similar to their previews battle during the regular season, the Padres went toe to toe with the mighty Bells, the defending CCS champions and the CIF State Division 1 runner up.
But unlike the first meeting, the Padres ran the last offensive series without their star running back Eric Redwood who injured his shoulder after picking up a first down on a long run. The Bells would stop Serra short of the goal for a chance to play for the CCS title.
The Bells are back… to the championship that is. This year the CCS Open Division was stacked with some of the top teams in the Bay Area, and the most highly anticipated match up was between the Bells and the Padres in the semi-finals.
When these two teams met up about a month ago, the Padres was denied of a win when their star running back Eric Redwood was tackled two yards short of the goal line by the Bells’ Austin Changras in overtime. This game had a similar ending. The game-changer happened in the beginning of the second half when Serra turned the ball over deep inside their own territory, giving Bellarmine a huge boost and an opportunity to score and capitalize on the Padres’ mistake. That is what exactly what the Bells did.
However, this was a battle that would be remembered by how each team played the final two minutes of the game. Serra fought hard to drive thru the Bells’ defense inside, outside and through the air. Bellarmine battled back with great defensive stops, giving no easy way out for the Padres. It was a battle of will and desire, and in the end the team that had more came out on top.
“Nobody outside this circle thought you guys would go to the show except the guys in this circle and that’s what matters the most.” said Bells defensive coach John Amarillas as the boys in blue gathered around him.
“This team is tough and it started back in January, all the 6am morning workouts. That goal line stand, that was all ‘want to’ like coach says.” added junior QB K.J. Carta-Samuels
After losing the state title game last year and graduating most of their starters, Bellamine was counted out by most. The defeat against De La Salle at the start of the season validated all the doubts and some even said they’d be lucky to go .500 in the WCAL. However, day by day and week by week, the Bells slowly started to gain momentum. It wasn’t until after beating Mitty that the Bells gained legitimate attention. One week after the thrilling victory on the Monarchs’ home turf, the Bells beat Serra at home in overtime. Over the next three games, Bellarmine would survive three close games against St. Francis, St. Ignatius and Valley Christian.
By now it’s clear; this is not a rebuilding year for the Bells. They just simply reloaded and are a team on a mission. They are a team that could win it all this year; a team that could end an era; a team that could bring home a state title to the toughest league in the country. But before all that could be realized, the Bells are focused on their next foe, a team they beat not even a month ago, the St. Ignatius Wildcats.