Miramonte Football Ends Strong in DFAL Play

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

The Mats destroyed Dougherty Valley 55-24 on Oct. 25 at Dougherty, dominating the Wildcats in every way.

Miramonte scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams and it was up 42-14 by halftime. Some highlight plays before the end of the first half were two touchdowns each for Dominic Paoletti ‘14 and Will Fuller ‘14, and Bennett Stehr’s ‘14 interception and 65-yard return for a touchdown that capped off the first half.

“The touchdown was once-in-a-lifetime for me,” Stehr said. “We were pretty pumped in the locker room at halftime after that, but we weren’t going to crazy because we were up by so much.”

In the second half, the Mats added to their score off a Fuller punt return and a touchdown pass from Ryan Anderson ‘16 to Matt Metheny ‘16, and held off Dougherty Valley to return home with a win. They moved to 3-1 in league and 6-2 overall.

While it wasn’t a crucial win for Miramonte as it had already clinched a spot in the NCS playoffs, it was still a fun game for the team and allowed some players who don’t normally get as much playing time to get in the game.

Keeping up their winning streak, the Mats won big over Las Lomas, 42-21, at home last Friday, with big performances by receivers Will Fuller ‘14 and Dominic Paoletti ‘14. They combined their 118 and 213 receiving yards for 331 of the team’s 372 total passing yards.

“All of Drew’s passes were on point on Friday,” Paoletti said. “It made it a lot easier for me to come up with the catches and make big plays for the team,”

Both teams started off slow in the first and couldn’t get anything going, but once Las Lomas scored in the second quarter, the Mats began to piece together drives and get the ball in the endzone.

At the half, Miramonte led by one touchdown and would lead the rest of the game. It scored three touchdowns to Las Lomas’s one in the second half, two of which were passes from Anderson to Fuller, to end the game with a 42-21 win.

Anderson was 24-37 for 372 yards and two interceptions, and threw for five of Miramonte’s six touchdowns.

“The team did a great job,” Paoletti said. “Our defense got importants stops and the offense was able to capitalize. It was a big win for us because it will give us a higher seed in NCS.”

The Mats will play their final league game at Alhambra tonight, Friday Nov. 7, and will probably play their first NCS game next Friday, depending on what seed they earn.