Miramonte Blows Out Windsor to Start 3-0

Sutter Lindberg (10) runs for a first down in the first quarter.

Dan Ting

Sutter Lindberg (10) runs for a first down in the first quarter.

Xavier Clark, Staff Writer

Lopsided? It was nearly a shut-out. In a highly anticipated match-up last Friday, the Matadors beat the Windsor Jaguars 40-3, improving the Matadors record to 3-0. Miramonte outplayed Windsor in every phase of the game, leaving the Jaguars practically speechless. Arguably, Miramonte’s defense played their best game of the year. Despite allowing an opening-drive field goal, the Mats shut out the Windsor offense for the rest of the game.

Friday night’s play was led by the defense. On Windsor’s second drive of the game, outside linebacker Clayton Stehr ’16 undercut an out-route and took the ball 24 yards for a pick six. Stehr’s play was such a huge momentum builder that the Matadors never looked back. The Matadors also forced two other turnovers in the first half, including a fumble recovery by Nicholas Pugliesi ’16 and an interception by Ryan Anderson ’16. Miramonte’s front-four defensive line got after the Windsor’s quarterback, sacking him many times and making him rush throws. Caleb Casimire ’17 got the start at DT and didn’t disappoint. Casimire had 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.

On the other side of the ball, Miramonte’s offense looked just as good. On the first Miramonte drive of the game, quarterback Tim Tague ’17 connected with wide receiver Ryan Anderson ’16 for a 14-yard TD pass. Anderson finished the game with eight receptions for 116 yards and two TDs. Tague later found Kevin Shepard across the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. Tague looked poised in the pocket, completing 81 percent of his passes. Tague ended the game 21-26, with 284 yards and 3 TD’s.

The Miramonte running game was efficient. Although Stehr didn’t have an insane game like he did against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 4, he made the best of his few carries. On Sept. 11, Stehr had 12 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns. One of the two touchdowns came on a 40-yard run up the middle. Miramonte’s offensive line carved out a huge hole for Stehr to run through. The second touchdown came on the goal line; Stehr punched it in from a yard away in the fourth quarter to put a stamp on the game.

This week, the Matadors will take on the Alameda Hornets at home. Last year, the Mats routed the Hornets 34-20, giving Miramonte its first win of the season. This year, Miramonte hopes to grab its fourth win of the season. The Hornets will arrive at Miramonte 1-2 for the season so far.