MORAGA -- With their starting quarterback unable to play, the Cougars didn't miss a beat as Jack Stephens answered the call. He finished with 341 passing yards to go with three touchdowns and one interception. Campolindo trailed 19-17 entering the fourth quarter when its offense exploded for 23 points in the final 12 minutes, which included touchdowns from Adam Remotto, Justin Dunn, and Nick Fadelli.
Heritage ran the ball repeatedly throughout the game led by junior running back Leeandre White who rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots answered an early Campolindo field goal with a 16-play, 7:17 drive punctuated by a Sohail Mohsini one-yard QB sneak to make it 6-3. They boosted their lead on the following possession when senior Antonio Cerda blocked a Campolindo punt deep in Cougar territory; the ball was recovered in the end zone by the Patriots' Julian Ordaz to give them a 12-3 lead.
From there it was a seesaw battle with Heritage and Campolindo trading touchdowns until halftime.
Upon taking a 25-19 lead early in the fourth quarter, Campolindo recovered a botched kickoff return by Heritage and scored two plays later on a Dunn 24-yard touchdown making it 33-19 with 7:41 remaining.
Dunn finished with five receptions and 105 yards. But Stephens' favorite target was senior Phillip Rei, who ended up with seven receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.