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Marin Catholic’s 2021 team will be one remembered forever.
The school has produced multiple North Coast Section champions. Countless collegiate student-athletes. NFL players.
But what this squad accomplished is unlike any other. They dealt with the effects of a pandemic. Watched their season get pushed back multiple times. Heard that it could be canceled.
They weathered the storm, though, and it all came to fruition on Saturday, as the No. 10 Marin Catholic Wildcats (5-0) completed a perfect season with a 30-3 win at Redwood (30-3).
Head coach Mazi Moayed knew it as well, telling his squad in the postgame huddle that he could get a picture of the team in his office.
“Probably the greatest season Marin Catholic has had,” said Marin Catholic senior running back Matteo Perez. “We’ve had such an unexpected run of events occurring, and to be able to even play a season with the guys I enjoy playing with is awesome.”
Both squads were even early on, with Marin Catholic taking a 9-0 lead after a safety and then junior quarterback Michael Ingrassia connecting with a wide open o Perez for a 25-yard touchdown to make it a 9-0 game.
Redwood answered and was within inches of taking a lead. Conor Weasler made a 33-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 9-3.
And, moments later, that is where the course of the season finale drastically changed.
As Redwood was driving again, it was in a prime position to take the lead and the momentum. It converted an 18-yard touchdown, but penalties on both sides offset the play.
Marin Catholic forced a fumble a couple of plays later, and it was all Wildcats from there.
Ingrassia found senior Matt Jacobsen for a 62-yard touchdown to end the half and extend the lead to 16-3, which sucked away all the momentum.
“I actually ran the wrong route, but I saw Michael scrambling,” Jacobsen said. “He did a great job, so I just tried to find space. Michael found me. I tried to get out of bounds, but then I got the corner and just turned it up.”
Ingrassia scored again on a 3-yard touchdown run, followed by Ingrassia finding Jacobsen again for a 29-yard touchdown to cap the scoring at 30-3.
“Just not giving up,” Perez said. “We just always in the red zone, we’re always straight and not putting our head down and keep going. It was a hot day, too, but we went through it
The Ingrassia and Jacobsen connection was a special one, as Jacobsen brought in three of Ingrassia’s completions for 96 yards, including two scores – both of which went for at least 25 yards.
Ingrassia showcased his dual-threat capabilities, too, completing 13 of 22 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, adding 67 yards and a score on the ground.
“Michael did a really good job of scrambling and buying time for the receivers to get open and then delivered strikes,” Jacobsen said. “He’s a great player.”
Perez, a UC Davis signee, capped his high school career with 58 rushing yards on nine carries and 30 receiving yards on two catches.
John Kreps finished with 28 yards on two catches.
Junior receiver Zach Ginsburg paced Redwood with 62 receiving yards on six catches, putting him at 364 for the year.
Senior Sam Davis had 37 receiving yards.
Fellow senior Thomas Johnson led Redwood with 79 rushing yards and registered three carries of 10-plus yards.
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Passing: Michael Ingrassia: 13-22, 215 yards, 3 TD.
Rushing: Michael Ingrassia: 11 carries, 67 yards, TD. Matteo Perez: 9 carries, 58 yards. John Tuttle: 1 carry, 9 yards. Charles Williams: 1 carry, 4 yards. Blake Wilson: 1 carry, 2 yards.
Receiving: Matt Jacobsen: 3 catches, 96 yards, 2 TD. Matteo Perez: 2 catches, 30 yards. John Kreps: 2 catches, 28 yards. Blake Wilson: 1 catch, 20 yards. Geordie Aarsheim: 2 catches, 16 yards. Kyle McBride: 2 catches, 14 yards. Stewart Perrilliat: 1 catch, 3 yards.
Passing: Brady Weingart: 13-16, 161 yards.
Rushing: Thomas Johnson: 22 carries, 79 yards. Valentino Starbird: 3 carries, 5 yards.
Receiving: Zach Ginsburg: 5 catches, 62 yards. Nico Trubuzio: 1 catch, 38 yards. Sam Davis: 4 catches, 37 yards. Valentino Starbird: 1 catch, 13 yards. Miles Grossman: 1 catch, 11 yards. Thomas Johnson: 1 catch, 3 yards.
Great stuff boys… Absolutely class act… Hard work pays off…. this has been a great example of that… You should be proud of yourselves and all the work you put in… Those 5 AM practices are a grind… Look 👀 at the results!….
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