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Gators not given much hope
December 10, 2013, 05:00 AM By Nathan Mollat Daily Journal

Sacred Heart Prep football fans might want to stay off the message boards for the next week if you’re looking for positive thoughts about your team’s chances against El Cerrito in the Northern California Division III championship game.

Because there doesn’t appear to be many people — check that, anyone — who believes the Gators can beat the Gauchos. In fact, not many believe the Gators can even keep it close.

They may be right on one count. SHP may not be able to beat El Cerrito but, having watched this team all season long, I give them a shot to at the very least make the Gauchos sweat a little bit.

What the Gators may lack in athletic ability — and by no means are they unathletic — they more than make up for with discipline, intelligence and attention to detail. You’ve heard the phrase: “putting a player in the best position to make a play?” It only works when the players have the desire to not only get in the right position but to want to make the play.

I’ve looked at El Cerritos’ Tri-County Rock Division league and, while there is at least one other strong team in St. Mary’s, the rest of the league would not scare anyone, especially a team as good as the Gators.

Everyone says SHP hasn’t faced an offense like El Cerrito’s, which boasts five players who have signed Division I letters of intent, but I’m guessing the Gauchos haven’t faced many defenses better than the Gators. They can fly to the ball and inflict big hits as well as anyone.

That superior talent may eventually wear down the Gators, but SHP will make sure Gauchos work for every score they get.

Serra, on the other hand, is getting a lot more respect about its chances of capturing the Division I crown when the Padres take on Del Oro of the Sacramento area. Both played De La Salle this season, with Del Oro getting blown out while the Padres fell just short once again.

The general consensus on this one is that it will be very close, with the Padres getting the slight edge among the Internet set.

Win or lose, just having a pair of San Mateo County teams in Nor Cal championship games is a big feather in the cap for Peninsula football.

***

Boy, if the basketball and soccer seasons were actual living, breathing entities, they would have been like a pair of homebound dogs who are uncontrollably happy when their master comes home. Those sports have busted out of the gate since the calendar turned to December.

I’ve been out of the loop the last two weeks or so — first on a Thanksgiving vacation and then spending last week in my sickbed with the flu — but I couldn’t help but notice the number of soccer and basketball results flooding my inbox.

No rest for the weary, however. It seems the winter sports have caught us a little bit by surprise, but the fall season has gone unseasonably long with the Menlo School volleyball team advancing to the state championship match and the Serra and Sacred Heart Prep football teams winning Central Coast Section titles and advancing to Nor Cal championship games.

With only a few football games left, however, look for the Daily Journal to ramp up its coverage of the winter sports schedule.

Before you know it, the baseball season will be upon us.

***

The 49ers’ 19-17 win over Seattle Sunday further confirms my belief the Seahawks won’t win the Super Bowl.

If Seattle has home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, punch their tickets to New York for the Super Bowl in February. The Seahawks simply do not lose at home. In fact, they dominate in front of the “12th Man.” In six home wins this season, Seattle has won by an average of 17 points.

On the road? Bit of a different story. Away from Seattle, the Seahawks are 5-2 and have a margin of just plus-5.6 points.

Granted, they’re tough to beat period, but put the Seahawks in the cold in New York against Tom Brady and New England? I’m liking the “Golden Boy’s” chances.

Nathan Mollat can be reached by email: nathan@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117. He can also be followed on Twitter @CheckkThissOutt.

 

 

Tags: gators, season, championship, seattle, seahawks, gauchos,


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