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Parade in Capitola celebrating Soquel High’s historic state football championship win

CAPITOLA, Calif. (KION-TV) - A celebratory day in Capitola as a parade was held Saturday morning in honor of Soquel High School winning the CIF 4AA State Championship title. They’re the first Santa Cruz County team to ever take home the title. 

The streets of Capitola were filled with blue and gold as the community came together to honor the Soquel Knights’ historic win over Jurupa Hills High School.

Senior, Jordann McCord, said he was elated by all the support. 

“It feels incredible to see how many people came out and supported us,” McCord said. “And I mean it’s just unbelievable. At the beginning of the season. We didn't expect to see this many people behind us supporting us.”

There was a small ceremony held on the Soquel High School campus after the victory, but winning Coach Dwight Lowery said it was essential to get the entire community together. 

“We have something at our school, but it was during a time where a lot of parents and supporters couldn't really be there,” Lowery said. “So we wanted to make sure that we did something, you know, in an area that you know, a lot of the community kind of congregate.” 

During the ceremony, Principal O’Meara spoke about how the State Championship Team not only dominated on the field, but also in the classroom. 

“Academic eligibility is super important to Coach Lowry,.” O’Meara said. “'It’s super important to me as a principal and to have one of the highest academic eligibility rates not only in the state of California but in the country is just phenomenal.” 

Principal O’Meara also added that the parade festivities today embody the community of Soquel. 

“Our mantra is we are Soquel,” O’Meara said. “And I think that we mean community and we really celebrated as a community today. And we demonstrated what it means to be. We are Soquel."

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