Mats Football Keeps Winning Streak Alive

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

Miramonte crushed Alhambra 56-28 at Alhambra on Friday, Nov. 8, scoring all their points in the first half.

Quarterback Drew Anderson ‘14, who was CalHighSports NorCal Stat Star of the Week after the game, picked away at Alhambra’s defense, throwing for six of the Mats’ eight touchdowns. Three of the six were thrown to receiver Dominic Paoletti ‘14, and the others were divided up between Will Fuller ‘14, Tyler Bethel ‘14, and Grant Miller ‘15. Kris Booze ‘14 also added to the Mat’s score off a fumble recovery return.

“I think we played really well,” Anderson ‘14 said. “That was probably our best half of football we’ve had so far. It’s pretty hard to score 56 points in a game, let alone a half.”

Miramonte’s defense came up with big plays on the other side of the ball, only allowing Alhambra 14 rushing yards in the first half and causing four turnovers. The Bulldogs were able to score one touchdown in the first, but by the end of the second quarter Miramonte had opened up too large of a lead, 56-6, for them to come back in the second half. However, they did score three more touchdowns after halftime to end the game with 28 points.

Miramonte ended their regular season 8-2 overall and 5-1 in league, with their only league loss coming from Campolindo.

The Mats earned the third seed in the Division 2 NCS Playoff bracket and played the 13th seed, Tennyson, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Tennyson. Winning 54-28, they advanced to the second round and will prepare to play Northgate, who’s seeded sixth.

Although they did not start off as strong as they did against Alhambra, the Mats still earned a convincing win, with a strong performance from running back Rene Clark ‘14, who scored four touchdowns.

At one point in the second quarter the Lancers came within one point of Miramonte, but the Mats turned things around and held onto a 28-13 lead after two quarters of play. Coming out of the break, they pulled away from Tennyson, scoring 20 points in the third quarter, and their defense locked down to avoid any chance of a Lancer comeback.

“We can’t afford to play how we did in the second quarter if we want to win any games in the future,” Clark said. “A couple of the captains on the team got everyone fired up and we started executing to the best of our abilities. Logan’s [Boersma ‘14] interception really turned the tables and we never looked back after that.”

Mac Lavis ‘14 contributed to the win in his first game back after breaking his tibia in the beginning of the season with a touchdown in the second half and 60 of Miramonte’s 199 rushing yards during the game.

“It felt great to get back out there and compete with my teammates. When I scored I felt like I had finally made it back and was ready to go for the rest of playoffs,” Lavis said. “Putting six on the board just felt good to help the team out in getting the win.”

The Mats will play at home against Northgate tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. and are preparing for a battle.

“Northgate will be big competition for us,” Booze said. “They are very similar to Las Lomas. But we prepare for our games by diligently practicing and honoring our craft. We know that we will win if we are the best at what we do.”