By KEVIN SAULS
Sonora High School played a special game on a special occasion.
With thousands of alumni on hand Friday night to begin the school's Centennial Celebration, the unbeaten Wildcats rallied from a two-touchdown halftime deficit and scored with less than a minute remaining to pull out a 22-21 football victory over Galt.
Sonora High has been around since 1903 and Dunlavy Field since 1937, and seldom have they rocked as when fullback Louis McColloch smashed straight up the middle to score the winning touchdown from a yard out on a fourth-down play with 41 seconds left, or when end Keith Petrey smashed into Galt's Jerred Dixon to disrupt a pass attempt as time expired.
"For the fans, there couldn't have been a better game," Sonora defensive coordinator Josh Woods said. "The crowd was as loud as I've heard it since that (1999) game against Oakdale (a battle of unbeatens that attracted 10,000). The noise helped our players ... they thrive on it."
After taking a 21-7 halftime lead, Galt seemed well on their way to a second straight victory over Sonora, but the Wildcats had only to remember last year's Galt game to remind themselves that big comebacks are possible. On Sept. 27, 2002, Sonora blew a 23-0 halftime lead and lost 25-23 in Galt.