2012 is here and so is our baby boy Dalton. The new addition to the family has slowed my posts on LeftCoastFootball but has not slowed my interest in what is going on in the offseason. I would like to gear my posts this offseason towards you, the readers, so let me know what you would like to read about. You can either leave me a comment on the site itself or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you and hope that this new football year brings great success in training, school and the upcoming 2012 season.
December 15, 2011 at 3:59am Posted in Game Reviews
San Ramon Valley had their second shot at De La Salle this past Saturday after losing to the Spartans during the regular season 40-3. However, this meeting had a little more at stake, an NCS Championship as well as a bid to play in the CIF Division-I State Championship this coming weekend.
San Ramon began the game on offense but were forced into a punting situation early by a stout Spartan defense. De La Salle took the following possession 70 yards on seven plays. The Spartans moved the ball well with their rushing attack as well as two consecutive passes from Bart Houston to Anthony Williams for gains of nine and 31 yards. The drive was capped on a scoring run by Tiapepe Vitale from five yards out which was the first of his six rushing touchdowns of the contest. The Wolves’ offense settled down on their second possession and began to put together a nice drive with a good mix of running and passing. Quarterback Zach Kline, connected with Justin Bangay on a 30 yard gain setting the Wolves up with a first and goal from the two-yard line. On the next play, SRV’s scoring threat ended as what looked to be a bad exchange on a handoff which was fumbled and recovered at the 4-yard line by De La Salle’s Trevor Christiansen.
The second quarter began with SRV’s defense stepping up and forcing De La to punt. San Ramon was forced into a three and out themselves after De La Salle’s Chris Olinger sacked Zach Kline for a big loss. The Spartan offense came back to the field and began to march going on a seven play drive that was finished by Vitale’s second touchdown run from five yards out, giving the Spartan’s a 14-0 lead with 7:26 left in the second quarter. San Ramon’s offense stalled on a 3rd and long when Chris Olinger came up with his second sack of the game. After the Wolve’s punt, De La scored again this time on just two plays. The first was a 45 yard pass from Houston to Joshua Jenkins which set up a 20 yard scoring run once again by Tiapepe Vitale. SRV’s offense looked to show some sign of life as Kline hit Ryan Dunn for a 23 yard gain on 1st down but had the play called back on a penalty for an ineligible receiver down field. Following that, the Wolves had to punt again giving De La the ball with good field position at the 47-yard line. Therefore, the Spartan’s had to work quickly again, and after an 18 yard gain on a Houston pass to Michael Hutchings, Vitale scored for the fourth time on a six yard run giving De La Salle a 23-0 lead that they took into the half.
The third quarter started with a San Ramon onside kick attempt that the Spartans recovered. De La Salle attacked the Wolves on the ground behind the hard running of Tiapepe Vitale and Joe Te-O. Vitale scored his fifth rushing touchdown on the 7th play of the drive from nine yards out. After trading a few possessions, De La Salle went a 10-play, 81 yard scoring drive that was capped by Vitale’s sixth and final rushing touchdown of the game and Vitale finished the night with 173 yards rushing. Finally, the Wolves first score came on their next drive as Zach Kline hit three consecutive passes, two to Michael Tagliaferri and one on a beautiful 44 yard fade to Matt Turner to set them up at the 2-yard line. Jordan Weiss took the handoff on the next play and plowed his way into the end zone for the score. The Spartan’s ended the third quarter with a 71 yard touchdown run by David Riopelle who ended his night with 110 yards on the ground. Eventually, San Ramon scored once more on an 11 yard run, by Jordan Weiss, to put the final score at 49-13. Weiss finished with 77 yards rushing in the contest.
De La Salle takes their Northern California dominance to the Home Depot Center this weekend to take on Westlake Village High School in the Open Division Bowl game. Good luck to the Spartan’s and their coaching staff in their last step to becoming State Champions once again. Congratulations to San Ramon Valley also on an outstanding season.
December 8, 2011 at 1:32am Posted in Game Reviews
The Saturday night NCS semi-final between the Monte Vista Mustangs and the San Ramon Valley Wolves was not just a battle of two teams fighting for a birth in the Division-I NCS Championship game but also a match-up of two cross town rivals. The game was geared to be a high scoring affair along with two of the top-rated quarterbacks in the state with the Mustang’s Oregon-bound Jeff Lockie and Cal-bound Zach Kline of the Wolves. It seemed as though most of the town was in attendance for this contest which filled the Mustang’s stadium to capacity leaving a ton of people standing and surrounding the border of the complex.
The Monte Vista offense started quickly in the game’s first possession with Lockie hooking up with Receiver Dan Scritchfield on a couple of big gains. After a good start to the drive, the SRV defense responded with some big stops by Jake Simonich, Matthew Fisher, and Brendan Clancy against the Mustang rushing attack. After a turnover on downs San Ramon’s offense took over and went to work behind some hard running by Jordan Weiss who on their second offensive play reeled off a huge 47 yard gain. The Wolves were forced to kick a field goal after a sack by MV’s Andrew Stanton. SRV’s Matt Anderson put the 22 yard chip shot through the uprights giving the Wolves an early 3-0 lead with 4:13 left in the first quarter. Following a 14 yard gain on a pass from Lockie to the speedy Receiver Eric Johnson, the Mustang’s turned to their ground game and Running Back Zack Chang. Chang helped to move the ball to the SRV 40-yard line where they were forced to punt. Although MV was forced to punt, it set them up to pin the SRV offense deep in their own territory when the punt was downed at the 1-yard line.
The second quarter began with the Monte Vista defense stepping up and keeping the San Ramon offense pinned inside the 10-yard line with a stop on 3rd down and one stop by Blake Walker. A short Wolves punt gave the Mustangs great field position at the 37-yard line. SRV’s Myles Thomas put the MV offense in a hole with a sack for a 12 yard loss on first down. Quarterback Jeff Lockie took over and connected on two passes bringing up a fourth and two that was converted on a nice scramble for six yards. Lockie hooked up with Marco Zamora on the next play for a 23 yard touchdown strike giving the Mustang’s a 7-3 edge with 9:17 left in the half. Each team’s next offensive possessions were stopped by good defensive play. MV’s Carson Milner recorded a sack that forced a Wolves’ punt. Monte Vista’s drive stalled when San Ramon’s secondary forced three of Lockie’s incompletions. SRV’s offense woke up and went on a 7-play, 71 yard scoring drive when Zach Kline connected with Patrick Worstell on a large gain before completing passes of 24 and 23 yards to Jordan Weiss the second of which was Weiss’ first score of the night which put the Wolves back in front 10-7 with 2:22 left in the half. The Mustangs last threat of the half was ended by a great interception by Collin Nelson who made an awesome break on a Lockie pass to pick the ball off.
The third quarter began with a fired up Mustang defense making a statement on first down with a tackle for a loss by Nick Shirreffs who made plays all over the field throughout the game. On second down, Safety Mason Melin, had a huge hit to separate the ball from Receiver Marcus De La Pena’s hands right as the ball arrived. Even with these two big plays the Wolves stayed composed picking up a 3rd and long conversion on a pass from Kline to Tight End Sean Miller. Jordan Weiss took a handoff from Kline the next play and rumbled for 63 yards and another score. Weiss’ run accounted for 63 of his 155 yards in the game on only 13 carries. The Wovlves PAT was blocked by Andrew Stanton putting the score at 16-7. SRV’s defense returned the ball to their offense quickly forcing the Mustangs three and out after a third down sack by Dylan Reed and Kyle Haggard. The Wolves extended their lead to 23-7 when Zach Kline hit Ryan Dunn from a yard out on a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line. Dunn not only scored a touchdown on offense but also had a bunch of tackles on defense as a linebacker going sideline to sideline as I have seen him do many times throughout the season. With momentum and the lead on their side, San Ramon began to bring pressure from all angles on defense which forced another Monte Vista punt. SRV took over and began to chew up time off the clock going on a 13-play, 72 yard scoring drive that was capped by a Kline 21 yard touchdown pass to Michael Tagliaferri.
With 10:35 left in the fourth quarter, MV tried to mount a comeback but the Wolves’ defense put a fast end to it with more pressure on Lockie and a sack by Jordan Weiss. After another turnover on downs, San Ramon put up their last score of the night, a 42 yard run by Quarterback Zach Kline. The Mustangs added two late scores both by Running Back Zack Chang. The first came on a fourth down and pass from Jeff Lockie the second on a one yard run putting the final score at 37-21.
The NCS semi-final was a great game to watch between two great rival schools. Congratulations to both teams on a terrific season and good luck to San Ramon Valley in the NCS Championship against the De La Salle Spartans this Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum.
November 28, 2011 at 12:17am Posted in Game Reviews
Friday night the Logan Colts and the San Ramon Valley Wolves squared off for an NCS quarterfinal match-up of two explosive offenses. The Wolves were coming off a big first round win over Castro Valley and the Colts came off a first round Bye entering the playoffs with a perfect 10-0.
Each teams’ first possession of the game was not what most people expected. SRV’s offense was shut down quickly by an excited Logan defense lead by Linebacker Ryan Bua who set the tone early with a couple of big hits. The San Ramon defense stepped up and responded on Logan’s first drive as well. Ryan Dunn stuffed the Colts’ first play of the game for a three yard loss closely followed by an Eric Charbonnet sack on the 3rd down which forced a Logan punt. On the Wolves next offensive series, Quarterback Zach Kline settled in and went to work on the Colt’s defense completing five of six passes to five different receivers, the last being a 15 yard touchdown strike to Michael Tagliaferri giving the Wolves an early 7-0 lead. SRV’s Kicker, Matt Anderson, approached the following kickoff as normal and at the last second angled his approach and topped the ball producing a beautiful onside kick that his team recovered. Kline wasted no time when he returned to the field as he connected with Receiver Justin Bangay on 2nd down for another score this time from 31 yards out. Bangay had a big night catching five passes for a total of 88 yards.
The Colts’ offense ended the 1st quarter and began the 2nd putting together an 11 play scoring drive led by the rushing attack of Damond Beasley and Warren Long. Long capped the drive with a touchdown run from a yard out to cut the Wolves lead to seven after the PAT. San Ramon’s offense returned to the field and again marched down the field with their air attack as Zach Kline completed a perfect four out of four passes on the drive with the final being a 30 yard gain to Michael Tagliaferri that set them up for a Kline keeper from one yard out with a score on the next play. Logan tried to answer once again as they went on a 12 play drive, all on the ground. It eventually stalled as the Colts set up for a field goal attempt on the 30-yard line, which turned out to be a fake that the Wolves’ defense sniffed out and stuffed. SRV took over and after a couple of Kline passes to Marcus De La Pena and Ryan Dunn, the Wolves ran out the clock to end the half.
Logan began the second half with an impressive offensive drive. This time they used a mix of running and passing by Quarterback Jeffrey Prothro, who connected with Ferdows Wahab and Amalani Fukofuka, for a couple of nice gains. The Colts’ drive failed when SRV’s Michael Tagliaferri picked off a pass at the one-yard line to end the Logan scoring threat. Logan’s defense forced a quick Wolves punt whose run game was shut down by a big tackle for a loss by Colts’ Defensive Lineman Jesse Leapaga. Logan’s last possession of the third quarter ended with three straight negative yardage plays. The first was a 10 yard sack by San Ramon’s Dylan Reed, the next two were what looked to be slips on the turf by Colts’ Quarterback Jeffrey Prothro for losses of five and seven yards.
As the final quarter began, SRV picked up a couple of first downs on the ground behind the rushing of Jordan Weiss and Kareem Dabney. The Wolves’ drive ended when Zach Kline had a pass intercepted by the Colt’s Marquise Carpenter. With some much needed momentum, the Colts’ returned to their strength–the run game–and drove 39 yards in 8 plays for a score on a three yard run by Damond Beasley. With 7:05 left in the game San Ramon regained possession with their lead cut to 21-14 and once again Zach Kline showed why he is one of the top rated passers in the state. Kline drove his team 66 yards in 10 plays, completing four of five passes, two of which, were to Matt Turner to begin the drive. In between Kline passes were some nice runs by Jordan Weiss who completed the Wolves’ drive with a touchdown run from 13 yards out. Logan’s last shot at a comeback was stopped by a huge sack on 3rd down and 10 by SRV’s Linebacker Eric Yehl which set up another sack on fourth and long by the Wolves Myles Thomas which sealed the victory.
San Ramon advances to the semifinal round of playoffs next week as they take on EBAL rival Monte Vista in what should be a great battle.
November 21, 2011 at 12:20am Posted in Useful Information
Playoffs started this week in NorCal! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to check out any games for I have been stuck at home sick for over a week. Congrats goes out to all of the teams who made it. I will be back out covering a game or two this coming weekend but I haven’t decided which ones just yet.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to let you all know that I put up a new website recently with the help of my wife, Tara. In addition to this, I also finished my e-book with her help along with the help of J.K. Watson. The e-book covers offseason training for football and gives detailed workouts on how to get stronger, faster and more explosive. The programs teach you how to progress, test, and push yourself to be the best you can be physically. So please be sure to check it out at www.workoutsforfootball.com Also, if you know of anyone who is looking for an offseason training program please pass this info along to them.
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone and good health to you all!
November 13, 2011 at 9:15pm Posted in Game Reviews
The match-up between the Moreau Catholic Mariners and the Encinal Jets Thursday night was a battle for the BSAL title. The two teams came in ready to fight for a championship.
The Jets’ explosive offense got out to a quick start on the ground when Nahim Paschal got loose from 28 yards out for the first score of the night. The Mariners option attack would grind out a 14-play drive that eventually stalled, when a Nicholas Kinast pass to Tight End Chris Baca, came up two yards short at a first down. Encinal’s Quarterback, Andrew Ve’e, went to work through the air making a connection with Jon Trodder for a 24 yard gain followed by a 41 yard touchdown by speedy Receiver Bo Banks. After Moreau’s offense stalled again the Jets took over looking to extend their lead even further. The Mariner defense seemed to finally wake up while being lead by Adam Sagapolu who came up with a big tackle for a loss on a 3rd down which forced an Encinal punt. The punt was blocked and recovered by Sagapolu to give Moreau the ball as well as some much needed momentum.
The Mariner offense found the end zone on their first possession of the second quarter when Nicholas Kinast hit Chris Baca from 16 yards out for a score. What seemed to be a promising moment quickly turned to disappointment for the Mariners as Nicholas Kinast stayed on the turf after completing the pass to Baca. Kinast would not return to the game. The Mariner defense stuffed the first and second down run plays from the Jets as Moreaus’s, Arthur Chitpedakorn, had a huge stop on the edge. The Jets were forced to throw on a third and long which turned into their third score of the contest as Ve’e this time connected with Jon Trodder who took the pass and went 62 yards to the end zone putting the Jets up 21-7. Each team’s defense held strong through the rest of the half with the Jets’ Austin Ve’e and Kaniela Kahuanui coming up with big tackles for losses and also DJ Fa’agata coming up large with a fumble recovery. Moreau’s defense had some nice stops by Tim Kondo and Sean Godfrey and also some good pass defense by Francis Delfino and Matt Wong.
Early in the second half the Jets came out and established their dominance. On defense, Jon Trodder came up with a third down sack of Chris Baca who took over as the Mariner’s Quarterback after losing Kinast. The electrifying Bo Banks returned the Moreau punt 33 yards to the 19-yard line. After an 18 yard gain on a Ve’e pass to Alex Amiri, Running Back Kaniela Kahuanui, steam rolled in from a yard out for the score. Nahim Paschal made quick work of Moreau’s next possession as he intercepted a Baca pass on first down to regain possession. The Jets rolled 73 yards in 7 plays, this time all on the ground, with some big gains by Corey Sails and capped off by another Bo Banks score on a run from 31 yards out making the score 34-7. Moreau’s hard running Jordan Jabson chipped away yardage until the Mariner’s turned the ball over again when Encinal’s Rashaad Sinkfield picked off a pass at the 14-yard line to give his team the ball yet again.
The Jet’s ground game returned as the fourth quarter began. Marching down the field on a 10-play drive was the only negative play with a tackle for a loss by Moreau’s Matt Wong. Encinal finished the drive with another Andrew Ve’e touchdown pass this time on fourth down to Jon Trodder for the score. After a Moreau punt, Trodder scored again from 55 yards out and on the ground to end the games scoring at 47-7.
Encinal’s speed proved to be too much for Moreau to handle. The Jets look to take their BSAL title and momentum into the D-III playoffs. The Mariners loss in the second quarter of Quarterback Nicholas Kinast seemed to put a halt to any threat they posed offensively. Chris Baca stepped up and filled in, but unfortunately for them, the offense is just more effective when he is catching balls not throwing them.
November 7, 2011 at 3:48am Posted in Game Reviews
Campolindo High School took their undefeated record to Las Lomas Friday for a battle for a DFAL league title. Both teams came into this game fired up and fought hard all night long.
Campo showed early why they are such an offensive threat when on their second offensive play Cougar Quarterback, Brett Stephens, connected with Receiver, Griffin Piatt, who broke a couple of tackles and went 91 yards for a score. Both defenses seemed to settle down a bit and forced a few punts. The Cougars drove down the field mostly by way of a 26 yard gain on a pass from Stephens to Tight End, Vince Graziano, which set up a 22 yard field goal by Campolindo’s #44 (no name given on the roster). Las Lomas’ offense found its’ stride on their following possession and went on an 11-play, 65 yard drive mostly behind the hard running of Jake Villa along with a few key passes from Quarterback Adam Wood to David Brys and Khirey Carson. Villa finished the drive with a one yard touchdown run to cut the Campo lead to 10-7.
The Cougars were stopped on their next possession due to a sack by the Knights’ Khirey Carson, and good coverage by their defensive backfield. Turnovers were the story to end the half. Las Lomas’ Robby Ow came up with a fumble recovery to set his offensive up with good field position as time wound down on the clock. However, their opportunity to score was ended when Griffin Piatt came up with a fumble recovery of his own.
The second half began the way the first half had ended, with a turnover by Griffin Piatt. Only this time he had intercepted his first of two passes of the contest. Campolindo’s offense drove 48 yards, with 41 of them on the ground, for a score on a 7 yard scramble by Brett Stephens who had 67 rushing yards for the night. Yet Las Lomas would not back down. Wood connected with Ardell Romez and Brayton Milner for some big gains as well as some continually strong running by Villa who scored his second touchdown of the game to cut the Cougars lead to three points, 17-14. Campo’s offense returned and went to work quickly going 88 yards in 1:30. Stephens hit Connor Rosenbaum out of the backfield for eight yards followed by a 38 yard gain on a pass to Karl Thornton. Running Back, Reiner Ebarle, rushed 37 yards to cap the Cougars scoring drive. Griffith Piatt struck again intercepting his second pass of the night giving the Cougars the ball to start the fourth quarter.
Campo turned to their ground game to start the final quarter as they drove 62 yards in five minutes. This set up another scoring run by Stephens from three yards out extending the lead to 31-14. The Knights next possession stalled as Sam Peri, Jaime Vega, and CJ Toohey all came up with sacks for the Cougar defense. Las Lomas’ defense responded forcing a quick three and out with Jake Villa and Tanner Hill coming up with tackles for a loss. Jackson Miller came in on the Knights’ last possession of the game and lead the team to a score when he hit Brayton Milner from eight yards out. Miller then connected with David Brys for the two-point conversion.
Campolindo finished their regular season with a perfect 10-0 with the night’s win. Las Lomas goes to 7-2 with one game left to play in the season. Both teams look to be true threats in the D-II and D-III post season this year.
October 31, 2011 at 2:26am Posted in Game Reviews
Friday night’s contest between the De La Salle Spartans and the San Ramon Valley Wolves turned into a highlight reel for the Spartans’ Bart Houston and Austin Hooper. The Spartans most definitely showed why they are among the top ranked teams in the state.
De La Salle began their offensive domination on the ground, driving 10 plays for 55 yards, all rushing, capped by a four yard carry by David Riopelle for the score. San Ramon’s second possession was stopped on a third down sack by De La’s Justin Walker. After a Wolves punt, Bart Houston connected with Receiver, Anthony Williams, on a second down for a 52 yard touchdown extending the Spartan lead to 14-0. SRV’s next offensive series looked promising as they went on a 14 play drive that would end in three points with a 38 yard boot by Kicker, Matt Anderson, in which he made with ease. The Spartan offense returned to the field and put a fast end to any momentum the Wolves had gained with a 68 yard scoring drive where Houston hooked up with Williams again this time from 32 yards out which put the De La Salle lead at 21-3. The Spartan defense stopped the Wolves again on a third down sack by Chris Olinger and Justin Walker. De La’s Tiapepe Vitale lead the Spartan charge on the ground and finished another scoring drive with 13 of his 103 yards in the game for a touchdown. San Ramon Quarterback, Zach Kline, was under more pressure from the De La Salle defense on the following possession this time being sacked by Austin Hooper, who made one of his five sacks in the game, which helped to force another Wolves punt. Bart Houston and the Spartan offense regained possession with 31 seconds in the half which was just enough time for Houston to hit Receiver, Andrew Buckley, for a 37 yard touchdown strike giving De La a 34-3 halftime lead.
The second half started with a stop by the Wolves defense lead by Linebacker, Ryan Dunn, who was their bright light on defense that night. The SRV offense began a 16 play drive that was ended by two more Hooper sacks and a couple of tackles for loss by Luc Hamilton, who also added two sacks in the first half. The Spartans final score of the night, came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Houston threw his fourth touchdown pass of the contest, this time to Austin Hooper who took the pass and ran it in from 44 yards out. Zach Kline connected with Receiver Matt Turner on a couple of passes, but the Spartan defense came up with yet another stop to end the Wolves threat.
De La Salle did a spectacular job defensively of not letting Zach Kline feel comfortable throughout the entire game. Instead, Kline was constantly pressured all night by an impressive Spartan defense.
October 23, 2011 at 11:25pm Posted in Game Reviews
The match-up between the Irvington Vikings and the Logan Colts turned out to be a long night for the Vikings. Logan showed how they have remained unbeaten with another dominating performance.
Irvington began the game by moving the ball on the ground, along with the help of some Logan penalties, yet their drive would eventually stall and they were then forced to punt. The Colts put up the their first points of the night on their third offensive play when Quarterback, Jeffrey Prothro, connected with Receiver, Ferdows Wahab, for 34 yards and a touchdown. Logan’s defense shut down the Viking offense and forced a three and out and a punt thanks to a sack for a 10 yard loss by Warren Miles Long. Wasting no time, Damond Beasley took a handoff from Prothro and went 41 yards for a score on the Colts first play of the possession. After a successful two-point conversion the Colts’ lead was 15-0. The Colts and Vikings traded a few possessions before Irvington drove down to pose their first scoring threat behind some hard fought running of Raeshawn Lee who was the Vikings’ leader on offense carrying the ball 16 times for 107 yards. The threat ended when the Vikings field goal attempt failed due to a bad snap. Prothro rushed for 39 then 32 yards on consecutive plays setting the Colts up on the 5-yard line where Warren Long took the ball in for a score. Logan’s Ahki Muhammad had two big plays on defense. The first, was a huge hit to break up a pass, the second, was a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty. After the penalty yardage was marked off, the Colts had the ball on the 44-yard line where on their first offensive play, Prothro hit Damond Beasley for a touchdown pass. Logan’s defense shut down the Viking offense, once again, behind some big stops by Linebacker, Ryan Bua, and a tackle for a loss by defensive Lineman Mauricio Gonzales. The Logan offense kept moving quickly with a connection between Prothro and Tight End, Jermaine Jones, for 28 yards. This was followed by a 22 yard run by Long, then a 12 yard run to the end zone to extend the lead to 36-0. The Colts’ defense stopped the Viking offensive drive again with a tackle for a loss by Ansar Muhammad and a pass break-up by Jarred Mendoza. Finally, Irvington’s Jeremy Sanchez came up with a sack to end the half.
The third quarter began with no hesitation when the opening kickoff was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Victor Fualaau who followed a huge block from Josh Garma. Linebacker, Ryan Bua, recovered a Viking fumble on their first offensive play of the half giving the ball back to the explosive Colt offense. A couple of plays later, Damond Beasley scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from five yards out. Beasley rushed for 97 yards in the contest on only 4 carries, two of which he scored on. After another defensive stop, the Colts regained possession. Prothro rushed for 23 of his 97 yards helping to set up a three yard scoring run by Warren Long yet again. Long carried the ball six times for 48 yards and completed three touchdowns within the contest. The Colts added one more score, on a fumble return, by Rufus Wollo who also fumbled the ball but had the backing of his teammate Jarred Mendoza who was able to pick it up for the score putting the score at 64-0.
The Logan Colts, now 7-0, will look to keep their momentum going when they take on Kennedy next Saturday. The Vikings will have an extra week to prepare for Kennedy on November 4th due to having their bye next week. However, the November 4th match-up will surely be intense for Irvington in the well renowned “Battle of Blacow”.
October 17, 2011 at 12:28am Posted in Game Reviews
The Foothill Falcons came into last Friday night’s game against the Granada Matadors with only one win, however, they did not look like a team with just a single win. Foothill came in and controlled the contest from start to finish with physical play on both sides of the ball.
The game began with the Falcons on offense in front of a fired up homecoming crowd that was given something to cheer about early. Foothill’s ground game dominated all evening and it began with a 16-play, 7:30 minute drive from their own 24-yard line. The final play was a two yard touchdown plunge by Fullback Griffith Gates. Fifteen of the sixteen plays of the drive were runs with only one throw of the ball that converted a 4th down and 8 with a pass from Quarterback Tommy Paulson to Wide Receiver Ray Hudson. Later, the Falcon defense forced a quick three and out with a couple of big hits by Linebackers Cody Shields and Perry Cheney. After the Granada punt, Foothill regained possession and reached the end zone once again only three plays later on an 11 yard scoring run by Receiver Jordan Ramil. Granada again only went three plays and were out as the first quarter came to an end with their lone highlight being a nice pancake block by Offensive Lineman Nicholas Pletschette.
The second quarter began with Foothill making a 10:30, 20-play drive. Nineteen of the twenty plays were rushing by Gates and sophomore Running Back, Jamirr Holland. Holland also had the only pass reception on the drive for a 15 yard gain on a 3rd down and 12. Gates eventually capped the long drive with a 7 yard run putting Foothill up 21-0, a lead they would take into the half.
Granada’s second-half hopes of a comeback ended quickly when the first play of the third quarter was picked off by Cody Shields and returned to the 10-yard line which set up Griffith Gates’ third touchdown score of the night. Gates ended his night with 145 yards and three touchdowns. The Matadors continued to struggle offensively by being forced to punt and then turning another possession over on downs. The fourth quarter began as the Falcons finished an 11-play drive behind the strong running of Jamirr Holland, who ended his night with 100 yards rushing. The Falcons’ last score, was their only one through the air, in which Paulson hooked up with Ray Hudson for an 11 yard touchdown strike. Foothill’s Tyler Trinidad, backed the Granada offense up on a four yard sack to start the next series. Then about a minute into the fourth quarter, the Granada Matador’s finally gained the first of their first downs in the game with a scramble by Jeremy Mata for a 12 yard gain. Mata connected with Receiver, Dillon Graber, for another first down gaining 15 yards but the offense would stall once again by fumbling the ball and giving possession back to Foothill which ended the Matadors’ only real offensive threat of the entire contest.
In the end, the Foothill Falcons proved to be too much of an offensive dominating force for the Granada Matadors to handle this time around.