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Kennedy High School' s Football Team's Historic Postseason Run Ends Four Points Shy of Title

Kennedy High School Football team celebrating after their NCS semifinal win The Kennedy High School football team’s historic postseason run came to an end on November 30 as the Eagles lost 31-28 to St. Bernard’s-Eureka in the North Coast Section Division VI championship.

The Eagles (11-2) were seeking their first NCS title in 31 years. After falling behind 21-7 in the first half, Kennedy rallied behind Camron Young and Trey Baker, who each scored touchdowns before halftime to tie the score. Young scored on an 8-yard run, while Baker returned an interception 65-yards to tie the game at 21-21.

"I'm just proud of my boys for what they accomplished, but we came up short," Kennedy Coach Greg Marshall told the East Bay Times after the game. "… We wanted it, but just because you want it you’ve got to go for it. They’re not gonna hand it to you."

St. Bernard (10-3) won it on a 37-yard field goal that broke a 28-28 tie late in the third quarter.

Top-seeded Kennedy advanced to the title game with a 35-6 win over Arcata in the opening round and a 42-21 win over Justin-Siena-Napa in the semifinals.

The Eagles will be recognized by the Board at its Dec. 11 meeting.