Trevor Jacobs is a good high school quarterback who could be considered one of the best in San Mateo County, except for one little problem: He’s the second-best quarterback on his Terra Nova High School football team.
So when the junior backup was called upon to start Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division III championship game in place of injured starter Chris Forbes, he didn’t waste his chance to show what he could do.
Jacobs threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 4 Tigers to a 35-13 win over No. 2 Monterey at Westmont High.
“It was a wonderful performance but certainly not a surprise,” Gray said. “He was prepared for the moment when it came. It is a reflection of his patience to keep working and wait for his moment.”
Jacobs put the Tigers (9-4) up 8-0 on the opening drive with a 24-yard pass to Nick Manessis — the Tigers would never trail in the game — and eventually moved out to a 21-13 lead by the end of the third quarter. Jacobs’ third touchdown pass and a Billy Coen 10-yard interception return in the final quarter closed out the game and the title for Terra Nova.
It was the Tigers’ first championship since 1988 and the school’s third overall. It was also the second section title for Gray — who led Oceana to the 1987 title — and helped ease the pain of last year’s loss to Seaside in the section championship game.
Sacred Heart Prep 39, Carmel 32
The Gators (11-2) fell behind by 21 points to defending champion Carmel (11-2) early in the third quarter, but didn’t panic. Sacred Heart Prep quarterback John Geary tossed a 62-yard pass to Colin Terndrup sparking a 28-point scoring run which was capped by two Terndrup fourth-quarter scoring runs. The comeback led to the first section title for Sacred Heart Prep and could propel the Gators to a state bowl berth if the Gators catch a few breaks in other games’ outcomes.
“It’s a great honor for the kids to win [the title],” head coach Peter Lavorato said. “The first half of the game I thought I was in the ‘Twilight Zone’ the way things were going. But we opened up the offense and started throwing the ball more and it sort of loosened everyone up.”
Terndrup finished the game with 102 yards on 23 carries, while Geary finished with 182 yards and three touchdowns on 10-for-15 passing.
“It’s crazy to think that, with two losses, we have a chance to go to a state title game,” Lavorato said. “Just to be in the conversation is a great honor for this school. We’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out next week.”
Willow Glen 47, Sequoia 14
The Cherokees’ magical season fell one win short as Sequoia (11-1-1) could not keep pace with the Rams (11-2), as they fell behind late in the first quarter and were never able to rally back.
Mitchell Ravizza was a one-man wrecking crew for the Rams, throwing four touchdown passes, catching one scoring pass and rushing for another score. Cherokees quarterback James Beekley completed only eight passes on 24 attempts for 93 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
Josh Lauese added 71 yards on 13 carries, and Nick Zmay was the Cherokees’ lone bright spot on defense with three sacks.