Short-handed Crusaders fall to San Marin in NCS semis

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A difficult task in the North Coast Section football playoffs got a whole lot more difficult for the Crusaders on Friday night.

St. Bernard’s was missing several key starters because of sickness, including senior quarterback Drew Sisemore, and fell to top-seeded San Marin by a score of 52-13 in the Division-5 semifinals.

The loss ends the season for the Crusaders, who close out 6-6.

Without so many key players missing — including Owen Shanahan, Tyler Dimmick, Ulysses Bailey Jr. and Carl Nunes — SB head coach Matt Tomlin had to switch up the game plan at the last minute.

And that was too big a hurdle to clear against the defending state champions and this year’s Division-5 section favorites.

The home team took control of the game before halftime and carried a 24-0 lead into the break.

The Crusaders had their chances in the opening half, driving all the way from their own 33-yard line to the Mustangs’ 2 in the second quarter, but they were unable to drive it home and turned the ball over on downs.

An electric San Marin offense scored on several big plays and quickly added to the lead less than two minutes into the second half.

The Cruasders answered immediately and opened their account less than three minutes later when quarterback Seth Brunton completed a 22-yard TD pass to Aaiden Burris on a fourth-down play.

But as soon as the visitors grabbed some momentum, the home team grabbed it right back, scoring on the ensuing drive to stretch the advantage to 38-7 and they would lead 45-7 going into the fourth.

Brunton threw his second TD pass of the night in the final minute of the game, connecting with senior Grant Omey from 14 yards out.

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    • He wasn’t. There were some really bad calls and even worse no calls. IF you listened to the radio, they did a replay and Tomlin was right the refs call was wrong. Emotions run high in a game like this, add in some crappy calls, your going to get some words. I’ve seen it in ALL the games, even over there in Husky land.

  1. Ya, lots of the crud on the coast this fall season… only the sickened Eureka athletes in articles so far this season… maybe Eureka is “bugged”…

  2. I was at the game and the call mentioned was an offensive pass interference right before the end of the half that negated a St. B touchdown. It happened right in front of me and it was an obvious pass interference call. With that being said though I don’t think the coaches argument was out of line at all.

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