San Marin High School Football Season Ends Short of First Section Title

Two years ago, I taught multimedia at San Marin High School in Novato, California. I love teaching and I loved the San Marin community. I was especially fortunate that the year I worked at San Marin, the boys basketball team won its first NCS Section Championship in school history and the baseball team shared a section title. (The shared baseball championship might be the only one in California history.)

Some of my former students play on this year’s San Marin High School football team. The Mustangs started the season slowly. When the playoffs began, the team started winning. On Friday, the football team almost won the school’s first North Coast Section football title.

The Justin-Siena Braves defeated the San Marin High Mustangs 27-13 to win the 2012 North Coast Section Division 4 Football Championship at Dodd Stadium in Napa, California on November, 30, 2012. (Bryan Farley)

Almost.

(A Link to the entire photo gallery is here)

Instead, the Justin-Siena Braves defeated the San Marin High Mustangs 27-13 to win the 2012 North Coast Section Division 4 Football Championship at Dodd Stadium in Napa, California. The contest was closer than the final score.

The Justin-Siena Braves defeated the San Marin High Mustangs 27-13 to win the 2012 North Coast Section Division 4 Football Championship at Dodd Stadium in Napa, California on November, 30, 2012. (Bryan Farley)

When the game ended, San Marin coaches consoled their players while the Justin-Siena fans celebrated on their home field. While I hoped for a different conclusion for my former students, I was proud of the coaches and players. Defeat reveals a great deal about a team’s character, and this team showed more character than most winning teams.

The Justin-Siena Braves defeated the San Marin High Mustangs 27-13 to win the 2012 North Coast Section Division 4 Football Championship at Dodd Stadium in Napa, California on November, 30, 2012. (Bryan Farley)

The weather was horrible Friday and anyone who remained through the rain and wind proved their loyalty. Justin-Siena fans were respectful and this is not a critique of the home team, just an acknowledgement of my former school community.  It was good to remember how much I enjoyed San Marin.

BF

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3 Responses to “San Marin High School Football Season Ends Short of First Section Title”

  1. Bryan Farley says:

    Jennifer Bell and Mike Spinrad you might be able to share this with some of our former students. This can be accessed at my blog at http://www.bryanfarleyphotography.com. Unless the school filter has changed, students can’t access photos from school, but they may be able to see the photos once they return. There is also a short Patch story. Please share my message with the players. They were exceptional in defeat.

  2. Karen Clark says:

    What a great support you are Bryan!

    • bryan farley says:

      Karen,

      Thank you for the kind words. I try.

      When I was younger (even today), people helped me. I try to continue supporting others, because I know how much it helped me. I also show support, because I receive something from it. Seeing my former students felt good. Watching young people show character, felt good.

      BF

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