Justice Shelton-Mosley rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Jacob Norville passed for 123 yards and hit Josh Manansala for a 16-yard score to power top-seeded Capital Christian to a 35-28 victory over Modesto Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game on Saturday night at the Grape Bowl in Lodi.
Leading 35-28, Capital Christian (13-0) stopped the second-seeded Crusaders (11-2) on downs inside the 5 with 3:19 to go. Moments later, the Cougars converted on fourth and 1 on their own 15 on a 2-yard dive by Louis Gonzalez and then ran out the clock.
The Cougars may not be finished. Capital Christian will be in the discussion to be picked by the state’s 10 section commissioners for the CIF NorCal D-IV Regional finale, likely against two-time defending D-IV state champion Central Catholic of Modesto. Other teams to be considered are McClymonds of Oakland (12-0), Winters (12-1), Salesian of Richmond (10-2) and St. Helena (12-1).
NorCal matchups will be announcement on Dec. 7.
This is the second section title for Capital since 2009 and first for tireless coach Phil Grams for a school that has become an athletic powerhouse in girls and boys sports across the board.
This was the second meeting of the season for these teams. Modesto Christian lost its season opener 23-22 at Capital Christian in the Fish Bowl.