Falcons Impress Football Fans

Article from the San Francisco Chronicle
Foothill rips Novato High
Friday, September 12, 2008
Quarterback Sean Mannion completed 13 of 20 passes for 268 yards and connected on four touchdown passes to Nathan Hinke, as unranked Foothill-Pleasanton gave Matt Sweeney a successful return to coaching with a shocking 48-13 nonleague victory over visiting Novato on Thursday.
In a battle of North and East Bay powers, Mannion, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior, fired a 49-yard scoring strike to Hinke on Foothill's first play from scrimmage and followed up with touchdown passes of 10, 34 and 50 yards to the senior receiver, who caught eight balls for 224 yards.
After 21 seasons and a 188-54-5 record, Sweeney took a one-year hiatus last season, but returned to become co-coach with John Mannion, the father of Sean Mannion.
Foothill (1-0) raced to a 27-0 lead late in the first half on two Hinke touchdowns and a pair of short TD runs by Brian Babb. Novato (0-2), the CIF State Division II runner-up and two-time defending North Coast Section 2A champion, gained some momentum on a 91-yard kickoff return by Kyle Campas and a subsequent 3-yard TD run by Mike Polvere with 6 seconds left in the first half.
But Mannion and Hinke connected twice more for scores in the first 5:29 of the second half and this one was done. Novato, which turned the ball over three times, gained 150 of its 254 total yards on its final two drives after Foothill had inserted reserves.