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Grace Brethren football helps coach beat former team, heads to State title game

Grace Brethren runningback Steven Mcgee takes the ball down to the 13 yard line to set up the first Grace Brethren touchdown during the CIF Division 2-A Regional Championship Bowl Game between Grace Brethren and Aquinas at Moorpark College in Moorpark on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.  (Photo by Dan Watson / SCNG)
Grace Brethren runningback Steven Mcgee takes the ball down to the 13 yard line to set up the first Grace Brethren touchdown during the CIF Division 2-A Regional Championship Bowl Game between Grace Brethren and Aquinas at Moorpark College in Moorpark on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. (Photo by Dan Watson / SCNG)

MOORPARK — Saturday night gave Grace Brethren football head coach Josh Henderson a new spin on “familiar foe.”

Henderson was the head coach at Aquinas High School for nine seasons from 2000-2008, winning two CIF titles in that span. One week removed from winning a CIF title with Grace Brethren, his heart was torn knowing his old program was in the way of a trip to Sacramento for a CIF State title.

“The primary goal of this game was to win, obviously, and we did that. But at the same time beating Aquinas doesn’t necessarily feel good for a lot of reasons, however, losing to them would have felt a lot worse,” Henderson said with a chuckle.

Henderson relished in a 24-8 victory over Aquinas, lifted the CIF Division 2-A Regional plaque, but was then smothered by former Aquinas players with smiles and hugs who traveled to Moorpark College to watch their old coach from the opposite sideline.

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