Football: Bangay Strikes Twice in SRV's Lightning-Delayed Win Over Mitty

The Wolves top Mitty 21-14 in a game which took about 72 hours to complete.

If anything, 's 21-14 win at San Jose's Archbishop Mitty on Monday will make for some interesting trivia one day. 

Remember that time the Wolves were losing for almost 69 hours, but still won?

Justin Bangay certainly will.

Moments after the junior receiver caught a 38-yard touchdown from Cameron Birse on Friday at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, the Wolves' game against Mitty was suspended due to lightning. 

It picked up where it left off Monday — with San Ramon trailing 14-13 with 2:40 left in the third quarter — and Bangay provided the spark once again. He caught a 41-yard touchdown pass, this time from Cal-bound Zach Kline, with 4:02 left in the game and the San Ramon defense held tough.

"It has been a weird couple days, it's not ideal to stop the game then play it again," Bangay said. "Obviously we came out strong today and I'm pumped for the win."

It started as good as the Wolves could have hoped. They recovered an onside kick on the first play and although it didn't lead to points, it allowed the team to take control of what turned into a defensive, field-position battle.

The onside kick wasn't much of a secret in Danville.

"I told our whole school we were going to get the ball back," coach Mark Kessler said. 

SRV athletic director John Raynor has seen just about everything in his tenure at the school — he was hired as an assistant AD in 1986 and has been the AD since 1989 — but this was new territory, even for him

Ever seen anything like this?

"No. Never," Raynor said. "When it's a baseball or softball game that's rained out you just play the next available day. A lot more went into getting this one rescheduled."

Raynor said SRV principal Joe Ianora and Mitty principal Tim Brosnan discussed when to resume the game at length before settling on Monday night. They came to an agreement late Sunday night and word spread quickly, thanks largely to Facebook.

"Mitty did a great job accommodating us," Raynor said. "It's a top-knotch, classy school."

Kessler agreed. 

"They even bought our kids dinner for the bus ride back — Quiznos," he said.

With this being San Ramon's bye week, playing Monday was a best-case scenario. For Mitty, it was less than ideal. The Monarchs lost out on valuable preparation time for Friday's game against defending Division I State Bowl champion Palo Alto.

Kline completed 18 of 29 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Jordan Weiss carried seven times for 42 yards and scored on a 1-yard run late in the second quarter. 


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