(CBS) Rahshaun Haylock – Football is a game of two halves. Thankfully for Sierra Canyon, it is such.
The Trailblazers were tight, and couldn’t get out of their own way in the first 24 minutes. After a talk during the break, they dominated the second half of their 34-14, CIF Division IV State Bowl win over Le Grand.
Although they acknowledged they weren’t playing their style of football, they still held a 14-13 lead at the half.
They knew coming into the game that defense was going to be key, and it was the Trailblazers defense that stepped up in the second half.
Reggie Prince intercepted Le Grand’s Nick Bucio on the Bulldogs first drive of the second half. Sierra Canyon held Le Grand to just 74 yards in the half.
On the ensuing drive, Danny Jordan rushed it in from seven yards out to put Sierra Canyon up 21-13, as part of a third quarter in which they outscored Le Grand 20-0.
Xavier Menifield added two second half rushing touchdowns for the Trailblazers. Menifield finished the game with 129 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
It’s the first CIF State Bowl Championship for Sierra Canyon in their first appearance. It’s just their third year playing 11-man football.