Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif., lost its bid in Saturday’s CIF state championship game. A portion of a Los Angeles Times story about the game appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, pastor).
It was so windy for Saturday’s CIF state championship Division 2-A bowl game between Mountain View St. Francis and Simi Valley Grace Brethren that a giant American flag waving on a pole was pulled down for fear it might tear.
The umpire held the football for the center before each play to make sure it didn’t blow away. Wind gusts upward of 30 mph caused CIF officials to remove benches and trash cans from Hornet Field for safety reasons. Goal posts and light fixtures were swaying.
“It was crazy,” St. Francis quarterback Reed Vettel said.
Perhaps the most important moment of the game was at the opening coin flip. St. Francis decided to have the wind at its back for the second and fourth quarters.
“We needed the wind in the fourth quarter,” Vettel said. “We figured it out. That was the key.”
St. Francis went on to secure a 22-13 victory over Grace Brethren at Sacramento State. Evan Williams caught a three-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:52 left to clinch the victory.
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