Sacred Heart Cathedral, Terra Nova football coaches looking to stop big threats 

click to enlarge Terra Nova’s Chris Forbes is chased down by an SHC defender in last year’s shootout. (AJ Canaria/Special to The Examiner) - TERRA NOVA’S CHRIS FORBES IS CHASED DOWN BY AN SHC DEFENDER IN LAST YEAR’S SHOOTOUT. (AJ CANARIA/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)
  • Terra Nova’s Chris Forbes is chased down by an SHC defender in last year’s shootout. (AJ Canaria/Special to The Examiner)
  • Terra Nova’s Chris Forbes is chased down by an SHC defender in last year’s shootout. (AJ Canaria/Special to The Examiner)

In their meeting last season, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Terra Nova put on an offensive display — you could even call it a shootout.

Sacred Heart racked up more than 500 total yards and Terra Nova quarterback Chris Forbes threw for nearly 400, but it was only a few late Tiger turnovers that put the Irish up for good.

Sacred Heart coach John Lee does not want to be in that situation again.

“We just happened to have one more bullet in the gun. We don’t want to get in that position again,” Lee said of the upcoming rematch with Terra Nova on Friday at Kezar Stadium. “It’s not a cakewalk. They’re defending Central Coast Section champions for a reason.”

The Tigers did go on to win a CCS Division III title after the season-opening loss and finished the year with a 9-4 record.

Terra Nova coach Bill Gray is happy with the look of his team after a solid scrimmage against D-I state champion Palo Alto last week, but is focused on eliminating the mistakes that sunk the Tigers against Sacred Heart last season.

“We made a tremendous amount of errors that I would like to think we’ll eliminate this time around,” Gray said.
For Lee, the focus is on Forbes, a dynamic and athletic quarterback that can change the momentum of a game at any moment.

“We need to stop Chris Forbes, hands down,” Lee said. “That guy can cause havoc. We can’t let him buy the time he’s used to and find those receivers. If we keep him contained to the pocket, it will go a long way.”

Forbes will be Sacred Heart’s focus on defense, and stopping Irish standout running back Valentino Miles will likely be a point of emphasis for the Tigers’ defense and every other stop unit this season. Lee doesn’t shrug off Miles’ importance, but also knows he will need contributions from other key players.

“We have viable runners in Zach Tapel and Jordan Gomes,” Lee said. “We know teams are going to be focused on [Miles], but we can’t be predictable.”

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This week’s games

FRIDAY

Mills at Galileo, 3 p.m.

King’s Academy at Carlmont, 3:15 p.m.

Stuart Hall at Woodside Priory, 4 p.m.

Homestead at Half Moon Bay, 6 p.m.

Riordan at Dougherty Valley (San Ramon), 7 p.m.

Marshall at Richmond, 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Terra Nova at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m.

Capuchino at Valley Christian (Dublin), 7 p.m.

El Camino at Menlo-Atherton, 7 p.m.

Milpitas at Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Branham at Sequoia, 7 p.m.

Santa Clara at South San Francisco, 7 p.m.

Burlingame at Saratoga, 7:30 p.m.

Hillsdale at Aptos, 7:30 p.m.

Menlo at Santa Cruz, 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Marin Catholic at St. Ignatius, 1 p.m.

Wilcox at Serra, 1 p.m.

Woodside at Grant (Sacramento), 1 p.m.

Hercules at Burton, 2 p.m.

Lincoln at San Marin, 2 p.m.

San Lorenzo Valley at Sacred Heart Prep, 2:30 p.m.

Balboa vs. Kennedy (Fremont) at Washington (Fremont), 7 p.m.

Mission vs. Tomales at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m.

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