"This is a great group of kids," said coach James Perez. "All season long they seemed to find ways to win, and that says a lot about their character. They played with heart on the field."
The Ravens (7-5) got off to a fast start against Modesto Christian, taking a second-quarter advantage with a 15-yard touchdown run from Jared Rosas, before the Kingsmen crossed the goal line to force a 6-6 tie at halftime.
Trailing 12-6, Rosas threw a 15-yard pass to Leo Jiminez in the end zone for a touchdown to retake the lead with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
But Modesto Christian's offense pieced together a 65-yard game-winning drive to lead the top-seed Kingsmen to a victory.
"Our kids played one hell of a game," Perez said. "I'm very proud of our season."
On defense, Anthony Barrera, Jacob Devera, Souljah Garcia, Javier Huizar, Jordan Imada, Armin Perez and Alexis Rivera garnered praise from their coach.
"These kids battled hard all season long, and gave outstanding effort on the defensive side of the football," Perez said.
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