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St. Margaret’s leaves no doubt in title game

Posted: December 19, 2008 9:57 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 4:56 a.m.
CARSON – It was never close.

St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano‘s swarming defense, an efficient run and pass game, combined with Hamilton Union’s mistakes made for the perfect storm – or the perfect beating.

The Harry Welch-led Tartans pounded the Braves 59-7 Friday in the CIF State Football Championship Small Schools Bowl Game at the Home Depot Center.

The former Canyon High head coach became the first coach in state championship history to win titles in two different divisions.

He led the Cowboys to the state’s Division I title in 2006.

It also marks Welch’s ninth CIF title, as he won five divisional crowns at Canyon and the last two with St. Margaret’s.

St. Margaret’s established a new bowl game record for points in a game – by halftime.

The Southern California representatives led 52-0 by halftime.

“It was outrageous, wasn’t it?” Welch said. “They couldn’t stay with our intensity and execution.”

Credit the Tartans’ defense or blame the Braves’ offense or call it a mismatch, there was never any doubt.

The Northern California representatives fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, but managed to withstand the Tartans’ attack on the first drive.

St. Margaret’s wouldn't be so charitable again.

The Tartans forced five turnovers in the first half, scoring 28 points off the mistakes.

Hamilton Union turned the ball over six times in the game.

The Braves didn’t score until the 5:06 mark of the fourth quarter after a St. Margaret’s fumble.

Tartans senior quarterback David Mothander finished 12-of-19 for 231 yards and one touchdown.

He didn’t throw a pass in the second half.

Hamilton managed just 177 total net yards.

St. Margaret’s running back John Murayama ran the ball 21 times for 97 yards, scoring four touchdowns.

The four rushing touchdowns also set a new bowl game record, which was previously two and held by seven players including Ben Longshore of Canyon from 2006.

Welch was asked to compare the two state titles after the game.

“The best analogy I can come up with, and now it’s become cliché, is I have two children and I love them both,” he said. “I’ll take my last breath loving them.”


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