Pleasant Grove's players love that they are back in today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship football game at Sacramento State.
And while the defending section champs know Granite Bay will be a formidable test this afternoon, they can't hide their disappointment that the Grizzlies aren't Lincoln of Stockton.
The Trojans handed the 12-1 Eagles their only loss 50-49 in overtime early in the season. Granite Bay upset top-seeded Lincoln in the semifinals last week.
"It's a little disappointing for us because we wanted to avenge our loss, but you can't worry about the things you don't have control over," said senior tackle Arik Armstead. "Granite Bay won the game. We'll be playing them, and we expect a competitive game."
Adds quarterback Cody Demps: "It would have been nice - not to call it payback - but just to have the chance to prove ourselves."
The Lincoln loss likely will cost Pleasant Grove a state bowl berth should the Eagles beat Granite Bay.
While perennial power De La Salle of Concord is expected to get the Northern California Open Division berth, the team that almost beat the Spartans in the season opener, Bellarmine of San Jose, likely will receive the D-I nod.
Bellarmine (12-1) beat defending D-I state champion Palo Alto 41-13 Friday night for the Central Coast Section Open Division title.