Santa Maria High School football team hosts first CIF championship game

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Maria Saints High School Football team will host the Southern Section CIF Championship game for the first time on Saturday, December 2. 

Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m.

A pep rally was held on campus Friday afternoon to honor athletes from across the many sports teams that represent the school, but the football team took center stage as they prepare to host Big Bear. 

"We've always dreamed of being in the position that we are in," team captain Gabriel Bravo told the packed stands. "We want to thank all of the coaches, faculty, and all of the students for the support."

The Saints have been to the championship game four times, but not since 1988, and have never hosted the game. 

"First chance to do it at home, and I think we have the right players and the right coaches to do it," said athletic director Brian Wallace. 

Tickets to the game are selling for $5 and are going quickly. As of early Friday afternoon, more than 1,400 tickets have been sold.

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