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Panthers fall in NCS first round

Staff Report
Monday November 19, 2001

The St. Mary’s High football team’s season came to an end on Saturday with a North Coast Section playoff loss to Campolindo, 23-20. 

Campolindo cornerback Julian Hua intercepted a St. Mary’s pass with 43 seconds left to clinch the win for the sixth-seeded Cougars. Matt Cunha-Rigby provided the winning score with a 27-yard field goal with less than three minutes left in the game. 

St. Mary’s tailback Trestin George ran for 109 yards and a touchdown in his final game for the Panthers, and quarterback Steve Murphy threw for scores of 74 and 46 yards, but the third-seeded Panthers lost in the first round of the NCS playoffs for the second year in a row. 

Campolindo had big plays of its own, as quarterback Sean Phalzer threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Smith and a 47-yard score to Cunha-Rigby in the first half for a 14-6 halftime lead. Cougar running back Justin Bonetto ran for a game-high 124 yards and scored a 19-yard touchdown on a screen pass to put his team up 20-12 early in the fourth quarter before George tied the game with an 11-yard score and ran for the two-point conversion.