By Harold Abend


San Marin quarterback Dominic Ingrassia (L) connected with his favorite wide receiver Wesley Timmel for two TDs in the Mustangs 63-15 win over Capital Christian

NOVATO, Calif. – It was senior night this past Friday night at San Marin, and the pictures of all the Mustangs seniors were displayed along the rail in front of the stands on the home side of the field. 

The one San Marin player whose picture was plastered on the rail was, as the old saying goes, nearly “picture perfect” on the field, and that player was Dominic Ingrassia. The result was a 63-15 trouncing of a Capital Christian-Sacramento team that took the game when a scheduled Marin County Athletic League contest between San Marin and cross-town arch rival Novato was cancelled.

Ingrassia, a 6-4, 195-pound senior and 247Sports three-star prospect, connected on his first eight passes with two going for touchdowns. On the night he finished 18-of-22 for 238 yards and six touchdowns, plus he carried the ball four times for 55 yards and a seventh score, all in less than three full quarters of work. 

“I’ve been close a couple of times but completing my first eight passes is the most ever,” said a beaming Ingrassia.

San Marin (9-0) deferred the opening kickoff and after the defense forced a three-and-out and a 25-yard punt return by senior Blake Hart, it only took Ingrassia two plays to put the Mustangs on the scoreboard. 

Both plays were passes to standout junior wide receiver Wesley Timmel. The first was a 20-yard reception and the second was 22-yard TD pass that gave San Marin a 7-0 lead it never relinquished. 

Capital Christian took the kickoff and on its first play from scrimmage sophomore running back Demar Washington broke loose for a 35-yard run to the San Marin 35 and it looked like the visiting Cougars may have something going, however the Mustangs defense stiffened. Three more running plays and a 5-yard penalty brought up a fourth-and-13, and an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs.

The next San Marin series went nine plays but the end result was the same when Ingrassia found senior wide receiver Matt Goodin on a 13-yard TD pass and it was 14-0 Mustangs after one quarter.

Both teams had unsuccessful drives but after an 8-yard punt by Capital Christian with a 15-yard penalty added on, Ingrassia only needed two plays to produce a score. The first play was a 9-yard pass to Timmel and it was followed by a 16-yard scramble by Ingrassia to make it 21-0 Mustangs.

The speed of Washington manifested itself once again on the Cougars next drive. Facing third-and-9 from its own 32, Washington broke loose and outraced several defenders 68-yards to the house and the lead was cut to 21-7. 

From there it was almost a Hart show to end the half. 

San Marin took the ensuing kickoff and Ingrassia drove them 61-yards in eight plays culminating in an 18-yard TD pass to Hart, and it was 28-7 with 3:01 left.

The Mustangs then forced another three-and-out and this time Hart returned the punt 24-yards to the 16 of Capital Christian. On the very first play Hart had his number called again and he pulled in a TD pass from Ingrassia with 2:15 left in the half and it was 35-7 San Marin. 

For Hart it was two TD passes in 46 seconds of elapsed time and when the half ended 35-7 the game was all but decided. 

Timmel would have a second TD reception from Ingrassia in the second half and finished with eight catches for 78 yards. Besides his two TD receptions Hart had 86-yards in punt returns. 

The sixth TD pass for Ingrassia before giving way to sophomore Daniel Rolovich came on a 19-yard TD pass to senior Anthony Scheppler. 

Rolovich came in and on the first snap he kept it himself and raced 39-yards for a score.

The second TD for Capital Christian came during a running clock in the fourth quarter against Mustangs subs when junior running back Malakai Taione blew past everyone and raced 36-yards for a score.

The San Marin reserves answered with the game’s final tally on a 53-yard pass play from Rolovich to Woody Garton with the senior flashing a little speed of his own. 

Washington and Taione accounted for both scores and 203 yards rushing combined on 19 carries, but the rest of the running game only mustered 18 yards on 15 carries. Also, 166 of the rushing yards came on four big runs by the two speedy Cougars running backs, and 85 of the yards came during the running clock on the final drive for Capital Christian.

For Capital Christian it was a season-ending loss as the playoffs begin in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and the Cougars do not qualify. 

“We checked the box,” San Marin head coach Dominic DiMare. “The thing we take away from this game is when you see that kind of speed you have to react to it. We’re going to see it next week and we’re going to see it throughout the playoffs qnd we have to get better with that.”

Next week for San Marin is a showdown with Cal-Hi Sports state No. 42 ranked Marin Catholic for the MCAL title. Marin Catholic features senior running back Charles Williams, a fleet-footed 6-1, 175-pound 247Sports three-star prospect with offers from Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington. 

“It’s going to be a dog fight,” said Ingrassia about the impending match-up with Marin Catholic. “Two very good teams both undefeated. It’s going to come down to who wants it more and who makes less mistakes.” 

“It will take a lot of hard work and film study this week which our guys have been doing all year,” concluded Ingrassia, who has lots of interest from several colleges that is starting to grow. 

Kickoff for next Saturday’s match-up with Marin Catholic will be at 2:00pm in Kentfield.