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Mustangs' best season ends

By John Gudel, Elk Grove Citizen, 12/22/09, 1:00AM PST


The bid for Monterey Trail High School’s first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section title was derailed by Nevada Union in the Division I football championship game.

Monterey Trail managed just 104 total yards in a 20-2 loss last Saturday amid wet and muddy field conditions at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

It was the first time in school history that Monterey Trail had competed for a section title in any sport. Nevada Union clinched its fourth section title.

The loss dampened an otherwise record-setting season for Monterey Trail, which shared its first Delta River League with Folsom and Pleasant Grove. Monterey Trail also set a single-season record for most wins (11), playoff wins (3), consecutive shutouts (3) and total shutouts (4).

Monterey Trail qualified for the playoffs last season for the first time, but lost to Laguna Creek in the first round. To reach the section championship, they beat Pitman of Turlock, Burbank, and Los Banos – all at home – in the initial three rounds.

Monterey Trail concluded the 2009 season at 11-3 overall.