November 25, 2017
MORAGA, CA – Senior quarterback John Torchio accounted for three touchdown passes, a touchdown run, and an interception to propel Campolindo to a 45-14 win over Windsor in the NCS Division II semifinals, carrying the Cougars to their fourth straight section title game.
Torchio handed-off to Kyle Leuteneker for a short touchdown run on the Cougars’ first possession of the game. Windsor (5-6) was not able to generate any offense against the Cougar defense. After defensive pressure on Jaguars quarterback Nick Pariani by John Cirelli and Chris Brahney, Grant Larsen got an interception that put the Cougars’ offense back to work. Torchio hit Vince Mossotti for a 29-yard gain into the red zone, before hitting Parker Windatt for an eight-yard touchdown pass, for a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Torchio got an interception, and then threw a 52-yard pass to Shun Ishida to extend their lead 28-0. That score came just minutes after Torchio had scored on the ground himself, getting into the end zone from two yards out, after hitting Mossotti with another big pass play right at the end of the first quarter.
With Campo later facing third-and-25 in its own territory, Torchio hit Windatt again, this time for a 60-yard bomb down the left sideline with 4:03 left in the second quarter. Sophomore sensation Grant Harper took over for Campo before the half, throwing to Windatt for a 24-yard gain, then connecting to Lucas Allen for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in the first half, making the score 42-0 at the break.
Windsor managed to break through the Campolindo defense on a quarterback-keeper from Pariani, closing the gap to 42-7 midway through the third quarter. The Jaguars got their second touchdown on a one-yard run by Jorgen Sarganis with 3:52 left, following a 35-yard field goal from Campolindo’s Seppi Ortman.
Campolindo (9-4) advances to the NCS Division II Championship game and will face either Granada or Ukiah at Dublin High School on Friday, December 1, where the Cougars look to win their fourth consecutive NCS title. With the victory over Windsor, the Cougars will also be promoted to Division I for next season as a result of the competitive equity bylaws, as a result of winning the title last year and making the championship game this year. They are the first program to get promoted two divisions, as their school enrollment would naturally place them in Division III.
Campo-Leuteneker 1 Run (Ortman kick)
Campo-Windatt 8 Pass from Torchio (Ortman kick)
Campo-Torchio 2 Run (Ortman kick)
Campo-Ishida 52 Pass from Torchio (Ortman kick)
Campo-Windatt 60 Pass from Torchio (Ortman kick)
Campo-Allen 16 Pass from Harper (Ortman kick)
Windsor-Pariani 2 Run (Cain kick)
Campo-Ortman 35 FG
Windsor-Sarganis 1 Run (Cain kick)