Bay now keeps The Jug forever as this was the last meeting in this long-time rivalry. It was a signature win for the Rockets as they go to 2-0 under new head coach Ron Rutt.
The game was postponed from the night before when lightning stopped action midway through the third quarter with Westlake ahead, 20-9.
Bay brought some lightning of its own when play resumed at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Rockets climbed back into the contest and trailed by a 33-29 count late in the fourth quarter. The Rockets missed an extra point that would have put them within a field goal of tying the contest. Westlake, however, failed to run out the clock. Bay was left with one more chance to strike.
Bay went big on its final possession with just 1:12 left in the game. The drive was capped when quarterback John Koz went vertical with a hail mary pass to 6-5 receiver Rex Sunahara. The 35 yard scoring combo came as time expired. Sunahara ripped the ball away from Westlake’s defenders with a catch that will become legend in the Rocket program.
It was Bay’s first win over the Demons since 2002. Bay now keeps The Little Brown Jug forever as this year’s game is the last in this long-standing rivalry. The rivalry reportedly ends with a final record of 29-29-2. Conference realignments beginning next season will negate the chance for these neighborhood teams to meet again.
It was a foundational win for new Bay coach Ron Rutt, one that will live forever in the annals of Bay High football lore.