On the strength of a strong second half, Campolindo topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 28-7 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco to open the season with three straight wins.
Before the Cougars took the field, coach Kevin Macy took a moment to address the team about where it was playing.
Kezar Stadium was the original home of both the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. The 49ers called Kezar home from 1946-1970 and the Raiders played one season there (1960) before moving to Candlestick Park, then across the Bay to Oakland.
The stadium, which once hosted 50,000 people for a high school football game in 1928, now serves as home to several San Francisco schools.
After taking a 7-0 lead into halftime, Campolindo (3-0) got burned on a 51-yard touchdown run by Sacred Heart (1-1) quarterback Jeremiah Peralta midway through the third quarter. The touchdown seemingly re-energized Campolindo, which quickly responded with a 13-play, 89-yard touchdown drive.
Quarterback Brett Stephens punched in the go-ahead score from a yard out with 1:05 left in the third -- his second rushing score of the game -- and the Cougars didn't look back. Stephens found Justin Dunn for a 30-yard touchdown pass on their next drive and added a 34-yard score to Tyler Petite to round out the scoring.
The win marked the first game this year the Campolindo starters saw significant playing -- something Macy believed was good for his team.
"This is a young group," he said. "We needed the starters to get some experience by playing late into a game and we hadn't got that until tonight."
Stephens finished 14 for 27 for 208 yards with an interception. John Santaguida was the team's leading rusher with 50 yards on 13 carries.
Campolindo outgained the Irish 375-237. It will host El Cerrito on Friday at 7 p.m.
Campolindo 28, Sacred Heart Cathedral 7
Campolindo 0 7 7 14-- 28
SHC 0 0 7 0-- 7
C -- Stephens 9 run (Antezana kick)
SHC -- Peralta 51 run (Tenhoff kick)
C -- Stephens 1 run (Antezana kick)
C -- Dunn 30 pass from Stephens (Antezana kick)
C -- Petite 34 pass from Stephens (Antezana kick)
Rushing: C -- Santaguida 13-50, Aikawa 8-38, Stephens 6-25, Hoffman 6-21, Windatt 2-11. Totals 35-145. SHC -- Rasso 11-97, Peralta 17-69, Wallace 5-18, Dizon 1-1. Totals 34-185. Passing: C -- Stephens 14-27-1 208, Zolintakis 1-1-0 22. Totals 15-28-1 230. SHC -- Peralta 3-10-0 28, White 2-11-1 24. Totals 5-21-1 52. Receiving: C -- Windatt 6-74, Rei 2-40, Rosenbaum 2-15, Petite 1-34, Dunn 1-30, Stephens 1-22, Davis 1-14, Dingy 1-1. SHC -- Peralta 2-24, Rasso 1-12, O'Driscoll 1-9, Sanders 1-7. Fumbles/lost: Campolindo 0/0, Sacred Heart Cathedral 3/1. Records: Campolindo 3-0, Sacred Heart Cathedral 1-1.