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Football: Granite Bay 21, Long Beach Poly 20

December 14, 2012 | 10:52 pm

It took five interceptions, but Granite Bay has stunned Long Beach Poly, 21-20, in the CIF state championship Division I bowl game.

John Cooley's three-yard touchdown run tied the game and Colin Brown's extra point gave Granite Bay a 21-20 lead with 1:19 left at Home Depot Center, but Poly the ball back and began driving for a winning field goal.

Aaron Knapp's second interception of the game clinched the victory.

The Jackrabbits' vaunted running game was held to just 127 yards, with star tailback Gerard Wicks gaining 19 yards in 12 carries. Manusamoa Lu'uga had 104 yards in 14 carries.

Poly (12-4) lost its second CIF state bowl game, having been upset by Sacramento Grant 25-20 in the 2008 Open Division game. 

The Grizzlies (13-3) won despite being outgained 308 to 254. Their five interceptions are the most in a state bowl game, breaking the mark of four set by Fresno Washington Union against Campolindo in the Division III game last year.   

-- Steve Galluzzo