Terra Nova draws tough assignment

The Central Coast Section seeding and pairings were announced Sunday and Terra Nova drew the short straw.

The Tigers (8-2), after claiming their third consecutive Peninsula Athletics League Bay Division title, will take on West Catholic Athletic League champion Bellarmine (9-1) in the Open Division on Friday at 7 p.m.

It was not something Terra Nova coach Bill Gray expected to happen this season, but he was anticipating an eventual move to the Open Division.

“It’s a product of our success,” Terra Nova coach Bill Gray said. “We knew we’d eventually end up in the Open Division.”

Terra Nova claimed its third straight league title after defeating Menlo-Atherton 35-0 on Nov. 4. Bellarmine went undefeated in the run-dominated WCAL, with its only loss in its season opener against national power De La Salle 26-23.

“It remains to be seen if we can compete at this level, but we’ll give it our best shot,” Gray said.

Gray is hoping the pass-heavy Terra Nova offense can work in its favor.

“I don’t think they’ve seen a team that plays at the pace we do,” he said. Gray said Bellarmine runs a double-tight, double-wing offense and the Tigers have seen it before when they played Half Moon Bay and King’s Academy. “We’re confident we can structurally defend it and hopefully force them into some second-and-long and third-and-long situations,” he said.

The Tigers lost their only matchup with a WCAL team when they played Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sept. 2, a  32-31 defeat at Kezar Stadium.

PeninsulaPrep SportssportsTerra Nova

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Changing zoning in San Francisco neighborhoods where single family homes prevail is crucial in the effort to achieve equity. (Shutterstock)
To make SF livable, single-family zoning must be changed

Let’s move to create affordable housing for working class families

Most Read