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Branden Rankins, opportunistic defense lead Aquinas football team to first CIF-SS title in 12 years

By in Press Enterprise on December 2, 2017

By Landon Negri

  • Aquinas’ Branden Rankins (#7), is tackled by Ridgecrest Burroughs’ Bryce Moore (#32), during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Aquinas quarterback Salieu Ceesay (#1), looks to pass against Ridgecrest Burroughs during Friday's CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Aquinas quarterback Salieu Ceesay (#1), looks to pass against Ridgecrest Burroughs during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Aquinas' Michael Hotetz (#52), sacked Ridgecrest Burroughs' quarterback Austin Griffiin (#11), during Friday's CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Aquinas’ Michael Hotetz (#52), sacked Ridgecrest Burroughs’ quarterback Austin Griffiin (#11), during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Aquinas' Branden Rankins (#7), is pursued by Ridgecrest Burroughs' Bryce Moore (#32), during Friday's CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Aquinas’ Branden Rankins (#7), is pursued by Ridgecrest Burroughs’ Bryce Moore (#32), during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 9 championship game at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Ca., December 1, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

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