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It was so windy for Saturday’s CIF state championship Division 2-A bowl game between Mountain View St. Francis and Simi Valley Grace Brethren that a giant American flag waving on a pole was pulled down for fear it might tear.

The umpire held the football for the center before each play to make sure it didn’t blow away.  Wind gusts upward of 30 mph caused CIF officials to remove benches and trash cans from Hornet Field for safety reasons. Goal posts and light fixtures were swaying.

“It was crazy,” St. Francis quarterback Reed Vettel said.

Perhaps the most important moment of the game was at the opening coin flip. St. Francis decided to have the wind at its back for the second and fourth quarters.

“We needed the wind in the fourth quarter,” Vettel said. “We figured it out. That was the key.”

St. Francis went on to secure a 22-13 victory over Grace Brethren at Sacramento State. Evan Williams caught a three-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:52 left to clinch the victory.

The score was 15-13 at halftime. Freshman Seven McGee helped Grace Brethren (14-2) score on its opening possession with the wind. He ran 43 yards for a touchdown.

Williams caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Vettel following a blocked punt in the second quarter. A two-point conversion put St. Francis up 8-7. Opeti Fangupo scored on a one-yard run for a 15-7 lead.

Then freshman quarterback Michael Zele surprised St. Francis, passing the ball against the wind to Jermel Jones for a 72-yard touchdown.

Grace Brethren had the wind for the entire third quarter but couldn’t capitalize. St. Francis’ defensive line, led by Tyler Manoa and Junior Fehoko, made it difficult to run.

“They weren’t ideal for a state championship,” Grace Brethren Coach Josh Henderson said of the windy conditions. “But all weather is great football weather. We had a tremendous season and they were better.”

Grace Brethren has only five seniors on its roster.

Michael Bachelard is an Australian journalist and author whose first book, The Great Land Grab: what every Australian should know about Wik, Mabo and the Ten-Point Plan, was published in 1997. In 1998, he joined The Australian to work in its Melbourne bureau, where he was the workplace relations writer and, later, the Melbourne business and finance editor, and the Victorian political reporter. In 2005 he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism, and travelled to the US, China, and Japan for a study tour into China’s growth and burgeoning influence. Michael Bachelard became part of The Age’s investigative team in 2006, and he now writes for The Sunday Age. In 2008 he won a Quill award for the best news report in print.

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