This CIF title game will go down as arguably the greatest finish in football championship history. # 1 seed San Pasqual and nine-time CIF champion Cathedral needing triple overtime to decide the champion at Qualcomm Stadium which ended in a 98-yard interception return.
Cathedral (11-2) linebacker Jack Onstott ’14 was in the right place at the right time as San Pasqual (11-2) attempted a quick slant pass and Onstott grabbed the pass out of the air and ran for what must have been the fastest 98-yards of his life.
And this finish was better than the Iron Bowl finish over the weekend between # 1 Alabama and # 4 Auburn because this game crowned a champion and was decided in overtime, not regulation; although both plays were “walk-off touchdowns.”
Cathedral had petitioned to move up to the open division before the season but none of the eight teams wanted to move down else this game would not have happened. Playing Tuesday morning quarterback it seems that having the Dons in division I, due to the first year two division jump rule, was an accurate placement.
Only one school, Oceanside (14), has more CIF titles than Cathedral who won their tenth title; five of those titles were won as USDHS.
San Pasqual was trying to win their second title since defeating Castle Park 47-13 in the 1997 D2 title game. This was San Pasqual's sixth title appearance, their last coming in 2000.
All-Time Section Titles (5+)
Titles, School, Last Title
14 Oceanside, 2012
10 Cathedral/USDHS, 2013
9 Vista, 2010
8 El Camino, 1999
8 Christian, 2011 (will play in Sat. Final)
8 Lincoln, 2012
7 Francis Parker, 2009
7 Helix Charter/Helix***, 2011
6 Morse, 1994
6 Carlsbad, 2006
6 Valley Center, 2011
6 Santa Fe Christian, 2012