Vaz Leads St. Mary's To CIF-SJS Title

Stockton St. Mary's quarterback Cody Vaz led the Rams to the CIF-SacJoaquin Finals as a junior, where they lost to Napa. He made his return visit to the finals with the Rams much more enjoyable, leading them to a win at the sectiion title...

St. Mary's proved that they are ram tough by putting their horns into the Pleasant Grove Eagles by beating them in the Div. 1 finals in Stockton.

Cody Vaz dominated Pleasant Grove on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The weather was perfect and so was Vaz's execution at the line.

What started out to be an exciting football game between two great teams fizzled out quickly for the Pleasant Grove Eagles in the second half of the game. St. Mary's (SM) dominated Pleasant Grove (PG) as Cody Vaz went to the air, as the SM O line held up, having all day to throw. Pleasant Grove used two quarterbacks during the game, a sophomore and a junior, giving them some consistency for next season's team. PG's D line is made up of underclassmen as well, so next year should be another good season for PG.

Cody Vaz let's one go.

With PG sticking mostly to the running game, and SM having studied PG film, it was only a matter of time for SM to make the required adjustments against PG. PG's scoring was shut down after the first quarter. It might have been stage fright, but the PG team that got them this far didn't show up in the second half. Granted SM had the size advantage over PG, but so did many of the other schools they played during the season.

At the end of the day Cody Vaz showed why he's a D1 recruit on his way to Oregon State. He's got an arm that can sling the ball with pin point accuracy, and the talented receivers who can catch the ball. Cody's stats are incredible. He's 206 of 313 for 3,260 yards coming into the game. He's got 27 TD's with a 117 QB rating.

Cody Vaz won it all in front of the home town crowd at the University of the Pacific's Stadium in Stockton. In this photo he's being interviewed, swamped, by a host of media outlets after the game.

Final score St. Mary's of Stockton 34, Pleasant Grove 14.

A sobering moment for a Pleasant Grove player, as the Rams celebrates behind him. This would have been a $10,000 fine in the No Fun League for each of the two ram players, good thing it's high school football, where the kids are playing for the "Love of the Game".

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