The house was packed at Santa Rosa High and Concord’s Olito Thompson didn’t disappoint with two Northern California rushing records.
But it was Windsor (14-0) and its running back, Darrian Roman, and his two fourth quarter touchdowns that brought the Jaguars back from a 20-7 halftime deficit to win their first CIF North Coast Section title with a 28-20 Division II victory on Friday night.
Thompson set the records, but Roman, Windsor’s two-way star, had the more explosive runs, played excellent defense, and gets a section title.
“They quoted in the paper that he (Thompson) had more yards than me in three games than I had all year, and that got under my skin,” Roman said. “I had to prove myself as a runner and I wanted to stop him on defense.”
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns. He also had nine tackles with two for loss.
When Roman scored on a 1-yard plunge with 6:02 remaining, Windsor had the lead at 21-20.
Concord (10-4) got the ball at its own 29-yard line after the kickoff and went to work using Thompson on six of seven running plays, but the drive stalled at the Jaguars’ 30-yard line and the Minutemen turned it over on downs.
Three plays later and at the 2:13 mark, Roman took it 63 yards to the house and the game was all but over.
Thompson’s carry at 6:08 of the first quarter pushed him past Jahvid Best (Salesian of Richmond, Cal, Detroit Lions) as the all-time leading rusher in the San Francisco Metro Bay Area.
The senior running back rushed 54 times for 285 yards and one touchdown. The 54 carries is a Northern California record, according to the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book.
Thompson finishes the season with 3,488 yards and 35 touchdowns. The yardage will also get him into the top 10 on that list in the record book
Jacob Smith caught a 28-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Wyatt Morrow and scored on a 36-yard fumble return to help Concord take a 20-7 halftime lead.
With the win, Windsor is now eligible to be considered for the a CIF state bowl game.
The state’s 10 commissioners will announce the 10 teams, five from the North and South, on Sunday and Windsor will be the only undefeated Division II North team on the board. Sac-Joaquin Section powers Del Oro and Vacaville, however, are currently ranked higher in both human and computer rankings.
The State Bowl Championships are Dec. 16-17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson.