Miramonte showed Dublin what it meant to have a consistent run game and lockdown defense last Friday at home as they executed a 35-0 shutout.
The Mats established their running game early in the first quarter when, after piecing together a nice drive, running back Rene Clark ‘14 pounded in a 9-yard run to put up the first points of the game. Clark would score two more touchdowns; one 3-yard run in the second and another 14-yard run in the third.
“We really dominated at the line of scrimmage, which made it really easy to run the ball,” Clark said. “It was without a doubt our best rushing performance.”
Drew Anderson ‘14, who was 6-13 with no interceptions during the game, capitalized after getting the ball back off a Dublin interception when he connected with Will Fuller ‘14 on a 59 yard bomb with time running down in the first half to give Miramonte a comfortable 21-0 lead going into halftime.
Getting back to their explosive ground game in the third quarter, the Mats scored their last touchdown off of another big play, this time a 48 yard run by Jonothan McDonald ‘14, when he wove through the Dublin defense, hit the left sideline, and sprinted into the endzone for the score.
The Gaels had two shots at the end zone with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, however quarterback Josh Nobida’s ‘15 first pass was broken up, and the second, which was initially signaled a touchdown, was then overturned and ruled incomplete.
“Our defense did a tremendous job all night long for us,” Miramonte head coach Jack Schram said after the game. “But It was a complete victory, our offense did what they had to do. We ran the ball way better than we’ve ran the ball all year so you have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line. We did have too many turnovers and too many penalties, so we have stuff we can work on and get better from here, but we’ll take a 35-0 shutout any day of the week.”
Next Friday, Oct. 4, the Mats will travel across town and take on rival Campolindo in what should be an intense and exciting game.