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Sierra Foothills needed every second to win a thrilling Northern California High School clash with Granite Bay, scoring on the last play of the game to take a 26-21 decision Friday night.


Ranked #4 among HS club by RUGBYMag.com, Sierra Foothills  ran out to a 14-0 lead in the first half before Granite Bay scored on a quick tap.

Sierra looked close to scoring early, once thanks to a nifty box kick, and a couple of times on some long runs, but the Granite Bay cover defense held. But prolonged pressure finally saw the forward barrel over.

Eventually Sierra Foothills was able to go wide and scored another in the corner to lead 14-0.

But Granite Bay made it 14-7 at halftime after a long period in the Seirra 22.

In the second half Sierra Foothills worked it wide and slammed through the defense to make it 19-7. But Granite Bay didn't fold. A yellow card for a late challenge put Sierra Foothills down a player, and Granite Bay worked the phases to score and then did it again to tie the game 19-19, and then take the lead with the conversions 21-19.

Sierra Foothills mounted a furious series of attacks trying to regain the lead. They seemed to have a try set up on the wing, but the last pass didn't go to hand. They though they were over the line, but the try was negated by a knock-on.

Still camped out on the Granite Bay line, Sierra Foothills piled over with one  more surge. The try was given, and the kick good to finish the game 26-21.

With the result, Sierra Foothills moves to 4-0. Also in the Varsity Gold league in Northern California, Jesuit B defeated the Sacramento Eagles 21-15 to improve to 3-0 and Vacaville improved to 2-1 with a 22-12 defeat of Lancers.