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November 20, 2012 > Eagles grounded by St. Vincent in NCS play

Eagles grounded by St. Vincent in NCS play

Submitted By Mike Heightchew

The California School for Deaf (CSD) Eagles football team's season came to an end as St. Vincent's Patrick Garcia caught a well thrown pass 6 yard touchdown pass from Mitch Sheppard with 1:07 left to give the visiting Mustangs a hard fought 13-12 victory over the Eagles in the North Coast Section (NCS) semifinals played Saturday, November 17.

In NCS play the week prior to this semifinal match, the Eagles manhandled the Tomales Braves, 26-6 with great blocking and complete control of the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Carlos Lopez threw for 165 yards and found his receivers four times for touchdowns and came up big on defense, including an interception of Braves (6-5) quarterback Jacob Brady and a fumble recovery. Johnny Morales also had a good day with a 29-yard touchdown. Lopez found Dakota Daniels for a 13-yard touchdown and Brian Freeman for a 48-yard touchdown. Freeman also helped ice the game for the Eagles with 116 yards on the ground on 21 carries. Daniels caught three passes for 71 yards and two scores.

The No. 2 ranked Eagles set a school record with a 10-2 season this year highlighted by great line of scrimmage play, both on defense and offense. Against St. Vincent, the Eagles got things started on the right note when senior running Brain Freeman marched them down the sideline in the first quarter with a 52-yard scamper touchdown. In the second half, the Mustangs twice moved inside the Eagles' 20, but the tenacious CSD defense held its ground as they have done all year. Carlos Lopez helped with an interception and Brain Freeman of CSD had great day with 265 on 37 carries.

But CSD was done in by six turnovers including three lost fumbles and never completely closed the door on St. Vincent. In the end, this was crucial and ended NCS play for the Eagles.

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