Foothill in comeback defeats Amador Valley 31-21

Falcons score 31 straight points after trailing 14-0

Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, Matt Sweeney reminded his Falcons to forget it.

"We preach short memory all the time. We told them to keep playing," said Sweeney, the co-head football coach in his third decade at Foothill High School.

The Falcons answered Sweeney's call, scoring 31 straight points in a 31-21 comeback victory over Amador Valley on Friday night.

"That effort right there was as good as any Foothill effort in the 23 years I've been a part of this thing," said Sweeney after Foothill's fifth straight victory over its cross-town rival.

Senior quarterback and Oregon State recruit Sean Mannion fueled the Foothill offense with 363 passing yards and two touchdowns in his final regular season game in the East Bay Athletic League.

Foothill (6-4, 3-4 EBAL) scored 17 points in the third quarter. A 6-yard touchdown pass from Mannion to Ryan Mende gave the Falcons their first lead, 17-14, late in the third quarter. The Falcons never trailed again.

Mende finished with six catches for 119 yards and one touchdown catch. The senior running back also added 47 rushing yards and two touchdown carries for the Falcons.

Amador Valley (8-2, 5-2 EBAL) fired out of the gate in the first quarter. Dons senior quarterback Kean Stancil opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run, then completed a short pass to Garrett Worsey, who ran 79 yards for the score and a 14-point Amador lead.

But in the second quarter, the Amador offense began to cool off. Foothill cranked up the defensive pressure and Stancil struggled to find his rhythm. Stancil left the game late in the third quarter with a strained hamstring.

"We had chances to get it done but we couldn't get it done. Foothill deserves it. They played well tonight," said Amador head coach Rick Sira.

As Foothill students spilled onto the field for a post-game celebration, Sweeney praised the Falcons for answering his call to action after a sluggish start.

"They never stopped fighting," he said. "Your season keeps going if your guys step up. With this victory, we should be a top-seven [playoff seed."

The North Coast Section will announce its 16-team playoff bracket on tomorrow afternoon. Foothill and Amador are guaranteed playoff spots, based on each team's overall and league records. NCS playoff games begin this Friday.

Friday night's game was videotaped by TV30, Pleasanton's community television station, and will be broadcast several times over the weekend.

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Posted by de
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Nov 14, 2009 at 9:15 am

Foothill Domination
Told you so

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Posted by Red
a resident of Gatewood
on Nov 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

After the first quarter it was all Foothill. If they could have played like that all year they wouldn't have had the garbage record they had. Foothill beat every good team in the league(Except DLS), as did Amador, but just lost to the worst teams. If they can carry this into NCS they have a good chance. Amador needs to hope Stancil is OK or they are finished in NCS.
Anyone unbiased and with real knowledge of these teams had to think Amador was going to roll over them, but I'm glad Foothill won, it really gives both teams now something to be proud of this season. Friday the 13th was a night of upsets with Berkeley losing also. Amador could have been 2nd seed with Foothill barely in it, now Amador will be 4th with foothill a respectable 10th

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Posted by Nanc
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Way to go Falcons!!!

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Posted by Kate
a resident of California Reflections
on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I may have been rooting for the OTHER team, but I have to say it was a great experience watching the hometown rivals go at it. Good natured signs everwhere for both teams, kids dressed head to toe in blue and purple and lots of good clean fun. It's a great town to go to high school in and to live in. But next year the Falcons are going down! (Had to get that in)

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Posted by bird watcher
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

Not 100% sure, but I believe that is 5 years in a row for Foothill.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 17, 2009 at 9:19 am

Great game. The turn around during the 2nd half by Foothill was amazing. The stadium was crowded with fans from both teams. The city 'turned out' and it was an electric evening under the lights.

Congratulations to both teams for making NCS playoffs - and I wish you both good luck!

Go Foothill!

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