Mats Beat Campo; “Take It To Da G”

by Brian Tan

As Miramonte’s own version of Denard Robinson, minus the untied shoes and hair, Ross Anderson ‘12, has led the Matadors to an impressive 7-1 record so far.  Running an Oregon-style spread offense which includes options and run fakes, the Matadors have utilized their speed to overwhelm opponents and rack up points in their high-octane offensive scheme.

The Matadors have averaged well over 30 points per game with Anderson under center, and the team is looking very strong.  “We are trying to take it one game at a time, week by week, honoring Joe every step of the way,” said Anthony Piganelli ‘11.

In the Homecoming win against Dougherty Valley, Anderson accounted for 276 yards and four touchdowns.  “Number Nine (Anderson) is really good – surprise, surprise – news flash,” said Dougherty Valley coach Bob Spain to the Lamorinda Patch.

With 46 seconds left in the second half, the Mats completed a no-huddle, 80-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown.  They were up 38-0 by the end of the third quarter.

On Sept. 16, the Mats faced Mission San Jose and defeated them 62-0.  Their stifling defense only gave up six yards throughout the entire game and Chris Thatcher ‘11 scored on two punt returns.

Offensive standouts include Anderson, John Coupin ‘11, Piganelli, Kevin Booze ‘12, Blake Swimmer ‘11 and Jack Pietrykowski ‘12.

The defense has also been solid, with key starters Coupin, Pietrykowski, Thatcher, Brian Friel ‘11, Tyler Davis ‘11 and Luke Carrillo ‘12.

In the DFAL opener against Acalanes, the Matadors posted a 44-21 win led by another dominant performance from Anderson and Coupin, who both chipped in for a total of five touchdowns.

Special teams ace Taylor Armosino ‘11 has shown off his speed by contributing towards seven special team tackles and numerous pancakes on kickoffs, kick returns, and punts.

With offense, defense and special teams firing on all cylinders, the season outlook for the Mats is very positive.  “We are the best team on both sides of the ball in DFAL, so we should win the championship,” said Armosino.  “If we execute every week, we’ll have as good a chance as any team to win NCS.”

On Oct. 15, the Mats played the Las Lomas Knights and suffered their first loss of the season.  The Knights’ running back, Marquis Waters, took over the game, running for 315 yards and three touchdowns. The Mats lost 27-24 after nearly making a comeback for the ages.

In the fourth quarter, down by 10, Andy Joss ‘11 caught a pass for a touchdown, and Brian Henson ‘11 returned a punt for a touchdown, putting the Mats up by four.  The Knights then scored a touchdown, and the Mats lost by three.

On Oct. 22, the Mats took on cross-town rivals Campolindo in another chapter of their heated rivalry.  The Mats won 34-7 in a game in which Miles Honens ‘12 caught two touchdown passes, snagged one pick and recovered a fumble.

The Mats play at Dublin today.