Boys Varsity Football · Morse Tigers Football are CIF Champs

By Thomas Calacsan , Mohamed, Staff Writer , Sports Editor article

     The months of dedication towards football finally has paid off.

The Morse varsity high school football team faced Central Valley Christian Cavaliers on Nov. 30, 2018, in Visalia, California after receiving the opportunity to represent San Diego in the State SoCal Regional Division 4-AA Bowl Game.

“Chemistry is good and they treat each other as one big family,” said head coach Tracy Mcnair. “It takes 11 bodies to win the game, there is not necessarily one person who does better.”

The connection among the team is strong and doesn’t require improvements, which is why their season has been successful and their California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)championship match resulted in a victory.

The Cavaliers have an 11-2 overall record, winning their CIF Division 4 Central Section Championship against Golden West High School on Nov. 23, 2018, due to having a good offensive line and a solid defense.

If they win the SoCal championship Bowl, they will go on to face the NorCal champion for the California Division 4 title.

The Morse varsity football team remains untamed throughout playoffs and defeated the Central Spartans 22-16 on Nov. 24, 2018, to win the CIF Division 3 San Diego Section Championship.

“We felt like that game wasn’t really for the players or coaches,” said Stafford. “But for Southeast San Diego and for Morse as a whole.”

This is the first time Morse won a CIF football title since 1992.

“Morse hasn’t won CIF [football] in over 20 years,” said cornerback Julian Stafford. “And as a team, we believed we were going to be the ones to break the streak and bring home the trophy.”

The team spent the week preparing for the game by studying their opponents and focusing on improving themselves individually and as a team.

“Winning felt like a movie and a dream come true,” said defensive tackle Ron Felicitas.

The team was overwhelmed with joy and happiness after winning the match against the Central Spartans to win the CIF.