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Submitted by on 1, December 15, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

The Encinal Jets football team are North Coast Section Division III champs! With just 26 seconds left on the clock, the team scored a game-winning touchdown to defeat Novato, 35-28 on Saturday night, according to this piece on the Contra Costa Times’ website.

This team is the first Encinal team to win the championship since 1980. The win gives the team a 13-0 record for the season. Adding to the drama, they had to do it without their standout receiver Xavier Milton, who was out with a knee injury, the Times reports.

Encinal QB Jonathan Brown, who reportedly had a hand in all five of the team’s touchdowns, told the paper:

“We turned around the Encinal community. We wanted to be champions.”

Just two years ago, the team had a 2-8 record. (Unfortunately, the team’s great record wasn’t enough to help them score a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation’s upcoming state football championship bowl games. Boo!)

If you check out the school’s website, you’ll get some photos from the game and an additional piece of good news about the team: The Oakland Raiders have named head coach Joe Tenorio their high school coach of the year.

The honor means Tenorio, who had earlier been named a Raiders coach of the week, has picked up a $1,000 check for the school’s football program and that he got to pose for this photo with one of the Raiderettes and two soldiers from the Army, which apparently is a sponsor of the program.

Way to go, guys!

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