California won state titles without high school passes
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A California high school won its state championship last weekend without completing a pass, not just in the game but for the entire season.
Granada Hills Charter High School finished the season 11-2 with a win in the CIF-LA City Section Division I Championship. While the feat was undoubtedly impressive, it wasn't nearly as impressive as the way the program reached and won the title game.
Granada Hills attempted just seven passes on the year. Senior Dejon Stanley went 0-for-2, and freshman Isaac Delgado went 0-for-5 as the team instead relied on a potent attack.
Stanley led Granada Hills Charter's ground game, which totaled 5,412 yards and 75 touchdowns while averaging 416.3 rushing yards per game. The senior amassed 2,397 yards on just 188 carries, just shy of 200 yards per contest average. He also scored 32 touchdowns.
The pass-heavy offense paid dividends for Granada Hills. The team scored at least 40 points in 10 games, including a 44-7 win over Palisades in the division title game, and scored more than 50 points in nearly half of them.
Combined with a strong defensive and special teams unit, Granada Hills has dominated Charter for much of the year and has yet another chance to showcase its outstanding rushing game. The Highlanders will play San Marin for the Division 4-A state championship on Saturday.