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Nate Bell is a top 2023 player
Liberty sophomore quarterback Nate Bell is a player to watch for in the class of 2023.
And he showed it again on Friday in Liberty’s 30-21 victory over Heritage in the Brentwood Bowl, which gave the Lions a 4-1 record to end the season and a spot in the Bay Area Football Rankings at No. 24.
Bell completed 14 of 20 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, as he was a part of every single Liberty score. He also had a miraculous 77-yard touchdown run near the end where he ran left, eluded multiple defenders on a busted play and then cut back right to get into the end zone.
Head coach Matt Hoefs said Bell hurt his throwing shoulder in the previous game and did not throw in practice leading up to the contest.
“He was kind of one of those game-time decisions, like, ‘Can you go?’ He said, ‘Of course I can go.’ The adrenaline is running, and then on the first ball he throws a nice rip and the rest is history,” Hoefs said.
The week prior, in a 21-14 win over Freedom in the Bell Game, Bell was 29-of-34 passing for two touchdowns, adding another score on the ground.
For the year, Bell was the North Coast Section’s top sophomore passer at 856 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in five games. He also ran for 219 yards and six scores.
Hoefs said the future is extremely bright for Bell.
“It’s only going to get better. It’s only going to get better,” Hoefs said. “The more he grasps the offense, the more we can open it up a little bit, the more we can be aggressive. I think the last couple weeks showed that we put a little bit more trust in him. He’s running the show. He knows it. He’s doing a great job. He’s a smart kid.”
Huchingson, Acalanes senior class made history
When this Acalanes senior class arrived on campus four years ago, they vowed to change the course of history forever.
The Dons had not won a league championship in 30 years. They wanted one. They wanted special seasons. They longed to make Acalanes a force to be reckoned with, not only in their league, but also in the entire region.
Saturday’s 23-22 victory over California highlighted all of that.
Acalanes finished the year at 5-1 overall, capping off a four-year stretch where that senior class never lost on its home field. The seniors also won a league championship as juniors in 2019.
“It’s been a great four years, these last two years especially,” said Acalanes senior quarterback Brady Huchingson. “One of our goals for the season was to switch the legacy around and make Acalanes football special and bring a lot of wins here. And I think we’ve done a good job of doing that with help from last year’s seniors and this year. From now forward, I don’t think we’re going to lose very often.”
Huchingson was a critical part of these efforts, finishing the 2021 spring campaign as the Bay Area’s top passer with 1,381 yards, 15 touchdowns, five interceptions.
Huchingson threw for 2,646 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions as a junior.
Stelling goes crazy…Again
Christopher senior Logan Stelling provided another masterful effort to cap off a perfect 3-0 season.
Stelling rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns in Christopher’s 35-0 shutout of Gilroy, and Stelling also led the team in receiving with 57 yards and one touchdown.
In the season opener, Stelling was also the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week when he rushed for 282 yards and four scores on 12 carries.
Is this Marin Catholic’s best team ever?
Marin Catholic’s football program is steeped in remarkable success, but this may have been its best team ever.
NFL players like Jared Goff. Countless collegiate players. Four North Coast Section titles since 2009, including a recent one in 2017.
But what this one endured was far different than any other, watching a season get delayed time and time again. And when it came back, the Wildcats made the most of it.
They went 5-0, punctuated by Saturday’s 30-3 win at Redwood to finish off an undefeated season.
Through its five games this year, Marin Catholic outscored opponents 186-44.
“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.”
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