November 16, 2013
Late score helps Sac High win historic first football playoff

Despite playing with a broken hand, sophomore Caden Voges passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in leading Sacramento High to an historic 42-35 win over Benicia in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Saturday in Oak Park.

It was Sacramento's first football playoff win since the section started holding playoffs in the early 1970s. The Dragons will play play host to defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale 1 p.m. on Saturday. Oakdale lost in last season's CIF State Division II Bowl championship game.

Voges, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 256 yards, broke a 35-35 tie with a touchdown pass to Damen Wheeler with 1:30 to play, then free safety Kyron Basped broke up a Benicia pass on fourth down at the Dragons' 12-yard line with 30 seconds to secure the win.

Basped also started the Dragons' second-half comeback - they trailed 21-14 at the half - by returning an interception for a touchdown. West Simpson then recovered a fumble in the ensuing kickoff.

Wheeler finished with eight catches for 161 yards and Kyree Stephens had five catches for 45 yards and a score. Jimmy Hatch rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries and Lonny Powell added 72 and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Sacramento (9-2), the Metro Conference runners-up to Burbank, were making their seventh playoff appearance and fifth in a row. Benicia (7-4) finished third in the Solano County Athletic League and was making its fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

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