The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Falcons football team defeated the Wilcox High School Chargers from Santa Clara 31-28 to win the 2021 CIF 2-A Football State Championship on Dec. 11 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
The Falcons held a 21-0 lead at halftime, but the Chargers fought back, scoring four touchdowns and four extra points while holding the Falcons to one second half field goal as the game waned into the fourth quarter. SRHS was behind 24-28 with less than three minutes remaining. The Falcons then drove 80 yards downfield to score a TD on a 10-yard pass play with 27 seconds left. The SRHS defense intercepted a Chargers pass in the final seconds to seal the victory.
This is a season that will not be forgotten, and this was a game the players will remember the rest of their lives.
The SRHS football team has never gone so far and achieved so much on the field of play in one season. It was a historic season. Falcons head coach Marlon Gardinera and his staff have taken SRHS football to new heights. Not only is this the only season that the SRHS football team won a State championship, it is the only time SRHS has ever been in the State football playoffs. Additionally, this was the first season the SRHS football team won the CIF-San Diego Section Football Division 2 Championship in the school’s history.