Padecky: Cardinal Newman gets a roller coaster recovery

  • Jeff Rebello breaks up a pass intended for Rancho Cotate wide receiver Cale Tuttle on Friday, November 1, 2013.
    (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

A team that goes up 21-0 in the first quarter, like the Rancho Cotate Cougars did Friday night, shouldn't have lost the game because of a bad snap from center on a point-after-touchdown.

Conversely, a team that runs off 35 consecutive points, like Cardinal Newman did Friday night, shouldn't have had to depend on a bad snap to win the game.

Welcome, folks, to a roller coaster thrill ride or, as they called it around here in north Santa Rosa, the 2013 Newman-Rancho game. The only certainty in this game, as it turned out, was that it was going to be decided at the end of it, not at the beginning or in the middle.

And it was.

Newman won, 42-41, after the Cougars botched the extra point attempt, the center snap flying over the holder with 2:46 left in the game. It was as if Newman won because someone slipped on a banana peel. It wasn't a glorious victory but, on the other hand, it didn't come with an asterisk either.

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