Marin Catholic Defeats Miramonte

Kaitlin Fenn and Eugene Goodreault , Staff Writer

The Miramonte Matadors’ football team faced off against the Marin Catholic Wildcats in an NCS playoff rematch last Saturday afternoon in Kentfield, California.

For the first half of the battle, the Matadors dominated. Led by quarterback Drew Anderson ‘14, the offense was moving up the field with ease and producing points against Marin Catholic’s defense. The other side of the ball was just as sharp as the Matador defense was getting key stops. As a result, the Mats went into halftime with a 14-10 lead.

However, Miramonte came out flat in the second half and Marin Catholic took advantage. After losing two key players; Rene Clark ‘14 and Dominic Paoletti ‘14 to severe cramps, the Mats simply fell apart. The Wildcats scored 42 unanswered points and eventually won the game handily 45-14.

Although the final score was lopsided, the Mats did show flashes of dominance especially in the first half.

Anderson had Miramonte clicking on all cylinders. He was efficient and effective as he threw for 230 yards in the first half including a 57 yard touchdown pass to receiver Will Fuller ‘14. At one point, the Matadors were leading 14-3.

But momentum switched when Marin Catholic’s Drew Celis ‘14 returned a punt 60 yards for a score.  From there, the Wildcat’s never looked back.  Miramonte suffered another big blow when Marin Catholic intercepted a pass on the Mat’s one yard line which resulted in a touchdown.

Miramonte’s defense didn’t get another stop after that and the offense fared the same way.

Anderson ‘14 still stays positive after a rough loss.

“I think it went okay overall. Even though we lost, we did a lot of good things and there were definitely a lot of positives that can be taken from the game. We played 24 minutes of dominate football so we know what we can do. We just need to maintain that for a whole half.”

You can catch the Matadors again in action this week against St. Mary’s of Berkeley on Friday at 7 PM at the Matadome.