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NCS Playoff: SRV vs Logan

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.

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